A Guide For Selecting Bamboo Shades For Homeowners

By: Judith Persit


Planning for light control and privacy is a part of the mix of the decision for selecting bamboo shades. The other element used to make these product decisions is decor and design. Bamboo shades can be quite lovely, and they can do a great job of providing privacy, but there is alot to learn for homeowners making decisions regarding this product. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the privacy elements of bamboo shades as the sole topic.

Privacy becomes an issue when one lives in a community. It relates to the security that one wishes to have, so the concern of others knowing what we are doing is what we are trying to control. Bamboo shades patterns are almost universally private. The fact that over 95% of the window can be covered with a beautiful material, will shield most of your space for security. However, the proper installation of a bamboo shade will protect your room from the most prying of eyes.

If the bamboo shade does not go down all the way, or does not conceal every side for one reason or another, then the occupants might lack the complete privacy desired. An outside mounted shade can provide more privacy, but it will really work very well if the bamboo shade is extends several inches past the window opening in every direction. Remember that an outside mount bamboo shade will usually hang an inch or two in front of the window, so prying eyes could see past the sides when desired. So, a bamboo shade ordered six inches wider will have a three inch extension on the sides, to offer greater difficulty in snooping. A benefit of these larger shades is that they will also provide an appearance of a larger looking window.

Next, when privacy is the concern, look at the type of material being used. Remember that overlapping sticks is our friend when it comes to private bamboo shades. There are some patterns that have larger openings between the slats. These are not a real problem for most people. However, if one is truly concerned about privacy and security, then the bamboo shades that use fabric with overlapping sticks will provide a much higher level of privacy. Look at the material, or simply verify that it overlaps, and that will do to ensure this feature.

To have the most private bamboo shades, make sure to purchase them lined. A lining on these materials will ensure that any gaps, and there are always some, will be covered. Make sure to order your bamboo shades as outside mount when you buy them lined. This will make sure that the lining will cover the window opening. Another benefit of the lining on bamboo shades is that the patterns will be featured to be more beautiful in this presentation. Finally, bamboo shades which are lined can provide tremendous lighting control, and can add for real room darkening, as well.

When planning your spaces for privacy, bamboo shades can be a participating element. Open windows with a view can still be kept beautiful and retain the beauty that one may desire. However, the proper selection of bamboo shades can ensure that the window is still private and that the security of your space is kept intact. Bamboo shades can help keep your privacy and security, but take care in selecting which patterns to use, how to measure and have them installed, and whether to line them or not to do so. Choosing wisely will allow for decor, privacy and so much more.

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Judith Persit studied bamboo shades for her interior design degree, and writes about bamboo shades. Learn more about shades at her website.

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