Today, there are so many shade choices, it’s literally staggering. From roller shades to honeycomb to pleated to woven wood to fabric, there’s a shade to fit every room. You should first determine whether you want a “hard” shade (categorized primarily by the lack of soft fabric) or a “soft” shade — a shade billowier and more fabric pretty than stiff.
Helpful Information About Shades
Advantages: Bottom Up/Top Down features in some applications add to the flexibility, such as in areas like bath and bedrooms; can work in difficult areas such as skylights, angled windows and arches; option of cordless draw makes shades a good choice for safety; inside or outside mount on window frame; multiple shades can be installed on one headrail
Disadvantages: When closed, there is no capability to manipulate the shade to allow light to filter in; maximum/ minimum widths cannot be over or under stepped; some archtop shades are stationary; woven wood shades are mostly transparent unless they have a privacy backing
Cost: Can vary widely depending upon the type of shade selected
Lifespan: Years+. Technology has vastly improved the mechanisms
Most Appropriate Locations: Just about any location in the home from a living room or den to a bedroom or bathroom
Care & Cleaning: Depending upon the shade type careful judgment must be used. Wipe clean any flat surface-style shade when needed; use a feather duster on products such as woven woods. Never use water or other cleaning solvents unless specifically mentioned by the manufacturer.