Shades are a type of window covering that open and close vertically as opposed curtains which are drawn horizontally. These practical window coverings are available in a range of colors and styles which makes them the perfect window covering solution for any room! The following guide look at the various types of shades available.

Roller Shades

The most common type of shade that you will encounter is roller shades. These shades are opened by pulling a cord which then rolls the shade around a cylinder attached above the window frame. Roller shades are the cheapest and most versatile types of shade around. There are a number of different materials from which roller shades are made of, such as cloth and vinyl. Light cloth roller blinds are perfect for north-facing rooms while thick vinyl roller blinds are better suited to south-facing rooms as they are opaque.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are another popular type of window covering and a softer alternative to blinds. These shades are made from pleated fabric which folds up as you pull the cord, making them a very compact option. Pleated blinds are available in a whole range of colors and opacities.

Cellular Shades

Cellular or honeycomb blinds work in the same way as pleated blinds, but have a 3D hexagonal design which traps air. This design quirk makes cellular shades great insulators. Cellular blinds tend to be constructed from soft materials such as cotton, making them a safe option in rooms that are frequented by young children.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are a type of fabric shade that cascades from the head rail and stacks up evenly when the shade is opened. This style of shade is perfect for blocking all of the light out of a room and offer superior privacy, making them an excellent choice for bedrooms.