Stylish, Affordable Bamboo Blinds Are Sure to Impress
Long a dorm-room favorite, bamboo blinds are finally growing up.
Bamboo blinds are a good solution for rooms where you want light window coverings with a charming, rustic style. Long a staple of dorm rooms because they’re affordable and easy to maintain, they’ve also become a popular window treatment for rustic-modern spaces.
Bamboo window shades come in a variety of styles, including traditional blinds with slats, matchbook blinds and natural woven shades. You can find Roman shades, roll-up blinds and even bamboo curtains, like you often see in the doorways of Japanese or Indian restaurants.
Bamboo roll-up blinds and Roman shades come with cords that allow you to raise and lower them to adjust for light. Blinds with slats can be raised and lowered, but the slats can also be adjusted, giving you more control over the light in the room.
They’re not just for dorm rooms, though. Bamboo shades impart an island or Mediterranean look that complements a variety of home decors, from country to traditional. They can be used alone, or dressed up with a valance or window scarf. We also like how they look under curtains, adding texture and color while still maintaining that breezy style.
Many people like them because they offer an environmentally safe alternative to wood and vinyl. Bamboo is a grass that grows quickly (3-4 feet per day) without the use of fertilizers or pesticide. Bamboo is also more moisture resistant than most hardwoods, which means it can be used in a bathroom without worry it’ll mold or mildew.
Because they’re made of lightweight material, and the open weave is part of their charm, bamboo window shades offer less light filtration and privacy than faux wood blinds or other types of Venetian blinds. Thus, we recommend using them in rooms like home offices and kitchens.
For rooms that need added privacy, like a bathroom or bedroom, lined options are available. While the lining does block light, it also helps lengthen the life of the blind, as well as preserving its color, by preventing sun damage. The lining also makes for a uniform appearance from the street.
Bamboo shades are sold based on the width of the window, and prices increase with the size of the blinds. However, like faux wood blinds, their lower price point makes them attractive to families on a budget.
When cleaning bamboo blinds, don’t use an abrasive scrub. Instead, wipe slats with a damp cloth and a small amount of detergent. For roll-up blinds and matchstick shades, where dust can get trapped, use your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment. Remember to extend the blinds to their full length when cleaning them.
Finally, bamboo blinds – particularly roll-up shades – are an effective sunblock on a patio or screened porch. They make any outdoor space feel like a cozy room, and are a stylish way to keep out the elements.
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