Window Shades Buying Guide

Shades have come a long way from the slippery white discount-store versions. Today's shades offer privacy, light control, and energy efficiency in a variety of styles and materials. Used alone or with other window treatments, shades are a smart choice for small spaces and evolving design themes.

Types of Window Shades

Types of Window Shades

Simply put, a shade is a window treatment that opens vertically rather than horizontally, like curtains. Beyond that, the differences aren't so simple. Some shades feature clean lines, while others make lavish design statements. Some are primarily decorative, while others work hard to create comfort.

Roller Shades

Classic roller shades are inexpensive and help create a consistent exterior view under window treatments that vary from room to room. Used on its own or with curtains or draperies, a roller shade is versatile and adaptable. Bottom-mount shades provide privacy at the lower part of a window but admit light at the top.

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JustBlinds
$88.00

Get the ball rolling on new window treatments! Roller shades are a favorite choice for adding texture, color, and sleek accents to... a home. Clean-cut and versatile, roller shades are available in solid colors, various textures, patterns, solar shade... read more

Easy2Hang
$43.15

Manual roller blinds, simple, beautiful, convenient and durable. Keep you away from strong sunlight and cool the house. There are ...three colors (wheat, coffee, grey) of this product and there are different sizes (4'x6', 6'x6', 6'x8', 8'x6', 8'x8') for you to choose. read more

Easy2Hang
$41.15

Manual roller blinds, simple, beautiful, convenient and durable. Keep you away from strong sunlight and cool the house. There are ...three colors (wheat, coffee, grey) of this product and there are different sizes (4'x6', 6'x6', 6'x8', 8'x6', 8'x8') for you to choose. read more

Keystone Fabrics
$123.88

Enjoy 92-percent UVA blockage with our indoor roller shade-motor controlled. This indoor solar shade helps reduce heat build-up in... your living space, fading of furniture and glares on your T.V. Or computer. It is constructed with PVC-coated polyester fabric and is available in two colors. The motor operates using a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 200 deployments per charge. The battery can be recharged up to 500 times. These shades come with a multi-channel remote (control up to 5 shades per remote). A color matched valance comes with these shades, protecting them when they are not in use. Brackets are included for easy mounting on the wall or ceiling. These shades will be a welcome addition to your home. read more

Tie-Up Shade

If privacy isn't an issue, leave this shade up; to hide a view, leave it down. Because the shade is tied into position, it's less convenient than a roller shade to raise and lower. Take advantage of the large, flat exposure when the shade is lowered by showcasing fabric with a large-scale or graphic pattern.

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United Curtain Co., Inc.
$24.99

You can find luxury and elegance in the Chelsea Window Tie-Up Shade. The cotton fabric filters just enough light while the floral ...pattern pops against a neutral background. Coordinate with the matching window valence and tie-up shade. read more

H.c. International Inc.
$34.99

These fine, floral-embroidered window curtain tiers naturally invoke warm memories of the past. Simple in design, this classic loo...k will fit gracefully into any room. Coordinate with the matching valances (sold separately). read more

United Curtain Co., Inc.
$24.99

You can find luxury and elegance in the Chelsea Window Tie-Up Shade. The cotton fabric filters just enough light while the floral ...pattern pops against a neutral background. Coordinate with the matching window valence and tie-up shade. read more

Chf Industries Inc.
$34.99

These beautiful window curtain panels feature a pinch-pleated design with a hint of Parisian sophistication and style. And with ma...terial as soft as silk with a slight slub for texture the panels recall the elegance of turn of the century France. read more

Balloon and Austrian Shades

These romantic fabric treatments can be installed as decorative, where it's fixed to act much like a valance, or functional, where raising the shade gathers the fabric into opulent poufs. Balloon shades hang flat until the bottom, where the fabric is gathered. An Austrian shade features soft shirring along its length.

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No Brand
$16.99

The Alison jacquard lace balloon shade is a truly stunning window treatment. Ruffled hems and elegant pick-ups help to accentuate ...this gorgeous shade. One shade is included per package. 100% Polyester. Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Line dry. Touch up with cool iron as needed. Size: 58x64. read more

Ellis Curtain
$27.99

Ellis Curtain Jessica Sheer 60-by-63 Inch Ruffled Balloon Shade-The Jessica Sheer Curtains are the perfect answer to dress up your... windows. Made with Dacron Ninon fabric gives them a tight smooth weave and mesh-like appearance that will soften the look and feel of any room. They give the feeling of intimacy and privacy but still allow in light. They are wonderful to use alone or along with your other window treatments. The Balloon Shade is constructed with a 3-inch rod pocket, 3-inch header and decorative ruffle. Width is measured overall 60-Inch. Length is measured overall 63-Inch from header top (ruffle above the rod pocket) to bottom of Shade. There are 4-rows with 5-rings per row sewn into the shade to give it that amazing style and feel. For wider windows and a customized look add multiple shades together. Machine wash in cold water, tumble-dry on delicate cycle. Jessica Sheer Tailored Tiers, Valances, Swags and Priscilla Pairs with Ties also available thru Amazon. read more

Ellis Curtain
$27.99

Ellis Curtain Jessica Sheer 60-by-63 Inch Ruffled Balloon Shade-The Jessica Sheer Curtains are the perfect answer to dress up your... windows. Made with Dacron Ninon fabric gives them a tight smooth weave and mesh-like appearance that will soften the look and feel of any room. They give the feeling of intimacy and privacy but still allow in light. They are wonderful to use alone or along with your other window treatments. The Balloon Shade is constructed with a 3-inch rod pocket, 3-inch header and decorative ruffle. Width is measured overall 60-Inch. Length is measured overall 63-Inch from header top (ruffle above the rod pocket) to bottom of Shade. There are 4-rows with 5-rings per row sewn into the shade to give it that amazing style and feel. For wider windows and a customized look add multiple shades together. Machine wash in cold water, tumble-dry on delicate cycle. Jessica Sheer Tailored Tiers, Valances, Swags and Priscilla Pairs with Ties also available thru Amazon. read more

Simply Shabby Chic
$24.99 $14.99

Find window curtains: panels and valances at Target.com! A Simply Shabby Chic Faux Silk Balloon Shade will add a sweet finishing t...ouch to your window treatments. You can adjust the length of this balloon valance to cover your window and change the amount of light coming into your room. Match it with other Shabby Chic furnishings or mix it up with other pieces for a completely new look. Color: True White. Gender: Unisex. Pattern: Solid. read more

Roman Shades

Soft like draperies but structured like blinds, Roman shades use an arrangement of cords, pulleys, and wands to pull up from a flat panel into a stack of tidy horizontal folds. Fabric choice is critical in creating the look once the panels gather into place: Roman shades of natural canvas or muslin present quite differently from those using a classic stripe or cottage floral.

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JustBlinds
$246.00

Ah, the lap of luxury! Roman shades combine stylish fabrics and textures with the ease of a window shade. When drawn down, guests ...will admire how they liven up your space with color and patterns. As you raise the shade the fabric will fold neatly so... read more

$31.99

These Roman shades allow you to enjoy the light of the day when you want, and block it out when you just aren't feeling so sunny. ...Lowered or raised via a convenient draw string, these shades boast a rich texture and warmth via its natural woven fabric.... read more

CHICOLOGY
$22.09

Innovation for Chic. Chicology Cordless Magnetic Roman Shades are smart, stylish, and practical. To operate, simply lift the shade... to several different fixed levels. The shade easily snaps to the desired height via strong magnets. Available in a variety of fabrics: Snow (white), Almond (beige), and Chocolate (brown). They are sure to accent virtually any area and match almost any d├ęcor. They have a thermal backing for additional insulation and privacy. The chocolate color is room darkening. Not only are they stylish, they are 100% cord free, so there is no need to worry about cords getting tangled up or looking messy. They come highly recommended for homes with small children. They are perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, media rooms, nurseries, and offices. Installation is extremely easy and can be done in minutes. Not only are instructions included, but help is only a phone call away (number to the help line included in the box). Available in a variety of widths and 72-inch height, this shade is designed to be capable of both inside and outside mount. All hardware and instructions are included for trouble-free installation. Being innovative, stylish, safe, and easy to install, Chicology Cordless Magnetic Roman Shade makes it easier than ever to enjoy a beautiful roman shade in your home. read more

ORIENTAL FURNITURE
$29.00

These Black colored Roman Shades combine the beauty of fabric with the ease and practicality of traditional blinds. They are made ...of 100% cotton. read more

Pleated and Cellular Shades

A soft alternative to blinds, these shades filter light and boost energy efficiency. Made of layers of permanently folded paper or fabric, pleated shades fold accordion-style. For privacy, some lift from the bottom up. The three-dimensional honeycomb-style construction of cellular shades creates air pockets that insulate without adding the weight of heavy draperies. Both types are available with varying translucency, insulation, and ultraviolet protection. Motorized shades are ideal for skylights.

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Brylane Home
$44.99

Cellular shades are among the most popular window coverings. They offer versatility and a beautiful, crisp design. The soft, durab...le honeycomb pleated cells insulate the room all year long. They are designed with a single pull cord with decorative tassel. Made from 100% non-woven polyester fabric and are resistant to sagging and fading. They filter light yet offer privacy. Easy to maintain and care for- simply dust or lightly vacuum. Hardware and installation instructions Included. Dust with Dry Cloth. 100% polyester. Imported. read more

Brylane Home
$47.99

Cellular shades are among the most popular window coverings. They offer versatility and a beautiful, crisp design. The soft, durab...le honeycomb pleated cells insulate the room all year long. They are designed with a single pull cord with decorative tassel. Made from 100% non-woven polyester fabric and are resistant to sagging and fading. They filter light yet offer privacy. Easy to maintain and care for- simply dust or lightly vacuum. Hardware and installation instructions Included. Dust with Dry Cloth. 100% polyester. Imported. read more

JustBlinds
$66.00

Believe it or not, it is possible to do a fun and modern makeover on your windows without breaking the bank. Pleated shades offer ...a contemporary look with clean, neat pleats in soft colors and natural textures. These handy shades will cut the sun's... read more

Brylane Home
$47.99

Cellular shades are among the most popular window coverings. They offer versatility and a beautiful, crisp design. The soft, durab...le honeycomb pleated cells insulate the room all year long. They are designed with a single pull cord with decorative tassel. Made from 100% non-woven polyester fabric and are resistant to sagging and fading. They filter light yet offer privacy. Easy to maintain and care for- simply dust or lightly vacuum. Hardware and installation instructions Included. Dust with Dry Cloth. 100% polyester. Imported. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Most shades are fairly straightforward window treatments, but features and options create choices that suit almost any window design and installation need. With shades, how they work is just as important as how they look. Shop for construction and design details that provide equal parts function and fashion.

Material

Materials vary according to the shade type. Flat vinyl or laminated paper; woven plant fibers such as jute, cane, or bamboo; and lightweight fabrics are used for roller shades and tie-up shades. Silky, sheer fabrics in solids or small prints work best for Roman and balloon shades. Polyester is the most common material for pleated and cellular shades. Consider how each material complements your room decor.

Optional Acrylic Backing

Roller shades bonded with a thin layer of foam provide insulating value and boost privacy.

Lift Mechanisms

For roller shades, the simplest type to use is the spring clutch: Just tug to release the clutch, then position the shade as desired. An upgraded clutch mechanism and a continuous loop of metal bead chain make it easy to raise or lower wide or heavy shades. Pull the chain in one direction to lift and the reverse to lower the shade. Side cords are standard with pleated and cellular shades, but manual or cord-free motorized systems (hardwired or battery-operated) are handy. Roman and balloon shade options include cords threaded through rings sewn to the back of the shade; continuous-loop controls eliminate cord pools for safety.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Choosing your ideal shade involves several factors. Because shades are often installed beneath another window treatment, consider how the two elements will work together. Decide whether you want the shade to stand out or play a supporting role in the design. Other considerations include size, style, and the privacy or insulating value you prefer.

Size

Shades of all materials are available in several ready-made sizes, usually 24-48 inches wide and 64 or 72 inches long. For an added cost, custom sizes are available.

Privacy

Roller shades vary in translucency, and heavy vinyl or bonded-fabric styles are more effective at blocking the view to your interior. Room-darkening shades (similar to blackout curtains) offer the highest degree of privacy. Sunscreen shades made from PVC filter ultraviolet light that fades furnishings. A top-down/bottom-up option allows you to let the shade drop from the top and/or rise from the bottom for both privacy and light control.

Insulating Qualities

Light-blocking backing also helps to keep heat in or out. For additional insulation, look for densely woven fabrics, quilting, or the extra layers or volume inherent in the construction of Roman and balloon shades. Snug-fitting inside-mount shades prevent drafts.

Color and Style

Just as with choosing other window treatments, consider your overall decorating look -- casual or formal, contemporary or traditional -- when selecting shades.

Safety

Install only cordless shades in homes with small children.

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DEZ Furnishing
$67.05 $66.85

This cordless accordion-style pleated shade provides a great balance of privacy and light filtering- These shades give any room a ...stylish and elegant look- Lightweight to lift and lower with minimum effort and easy to install- Offered in three popular... read more

Generic
$29.00 $21.56

No-Tools Easy Lift Trim-At-Home Shades offer the look and fit of custom pleated shades at a fraction of the cost. Simply trim the ...shades at home for a perfect fit, then peel and stick for a permanent installation that is effortless; no drill, screws or... read more

Lewis Hyman
$47.98 $47.63

Size: 31 in. W x 72 in. H (6.2 lbs.); Includes all mounting hardware. Installs with simple hook method. Resists moisture and humid...ity. Easy to clean with a damp cloth. Cord lock allows for height adjustment. Made from woven bamboo. Minimal assembly... read more

Radiance
$44.95 $31.65

All of LHI's corded window covering products sold today have either a safety-compliant release device or include a repair kit that... has been reviewed and approved by the CPSC. read more

Chicology
$29.36 $26.57

VKK1057 Features Natural woven fabric creates beautiful light filtering during the day and privacy at night. Find your perfect rol...ler shade to create a personal look, with many bold and unique designs to choose from. Product Type: Roller shade... read more

Aurora Home
$44.99 $38.24

Dress any window in style with the Aurora Home 63-inch Chevron Print Room Darkening Tie-up Window Shade. This shade features an at...tractive chevron pattern with a simple, tie-up design that is sure to look great in your home. Set includes: One (1) panel... read more

United
$25.02 $22.52

Add a hint of elegance to any window with the Jewel Floral Tie-Up Shade. This shade features a beautiful, classic floral pattern t...hat is available in a variety of color schemes to complement your decor. Includes: One (1) shade Dimensions: 40 inches... read more

Lewis Hyman
$119.61 $88.34

Size: 23 in. W x 72 in. H (9.7 lbs.); Includes all mounting hardware. Installs with simple hook method. Resists moisture and humid...ity. Easy to clean with a damp cloth. Cord lock allows for height adjustment. Made from woven bamboo. Maple color. Minimal... read more

Brylane Home
$17.99 $8.99

Our BrylaneHome Studio sheer voile tie-up shade adds a touch of stylistic flair to your windows. available in 6 sizes: 32&in.W... x 44&in. or 63&in.L, 36&in.W x 44&in. or 63&in.L or 44&in.W x 44&in. or 63&in.L polyester machine wash imported and be sure... read more

Brylane Home
$15.99 $7.99

Our BrylaneHome Studio sheer voile tie-up shade adds a touch of stylistic flair to your windows. available in 6 sizes: 32&in.W... x 44&in. or 63&in.L, 36&in.W x 44&in. or 63&in.L or 44&in.W x 44&in. or 63&in.L polyester machine wash imported and be sure... read more

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