17 Apr Secret Sources: The Best, Most Affordable Bamboo Shades
I have long been on the quest for the perfect bamboo shade. The natural organic feel to them really grips me. I especially love them in this room (one of my favorite rooms ever) by Lauren Liess.
I have searched for the perfect, AFFORDABLE bamboo shade for years. Seriously. I have looked through clearance racks at all sorts of stores and ordered samples from all over the place. And although it is entirely possible this secret has been out for awhile, it wasn’t until six months or so ago that I discovered them.
You see, a bamboo shade has to have sort of a tortoise shell feel to them, and be light in color, but not too white and not too honey. It is a very delicate balance. The weave is also very important; not too reed-like and not too wide like blinds.
I stumbled on them quite accidentally…
While strolling through Lowes, I happened upon a whole section (that was one aisle apart from the regular drapes, blinds, and shades by the way) of bamboo shades.
A quick little look-see led me to this color, which was nearly the color I imagined in my head, called natural bamboo.
My interest was instantly piqued, and I felt a little excited. But wait a second, I live in an old house with old windows that sometimes do not fit standard sizes. Could this even work?
And that’s when I saw that LOWES WILL CUT THESE FOR YOU TO THE EXACT RIGHT SIZE.
I grabbed one for color comparing and headed home. When I got home, I held it up to see how it looked, and it looked fab. Then I measured the windows for the sizes I needed and went back. If you have ever priced custom shades, you know how very expensive they can be. (however fitting for certain circumstances and situations) But since none of these were going to be the showpiece of the room, I did not need anything overly fancy, I just needed something that looked great.
So far, these bamboo shades live in three rooms of my house.
The Boys Room.
They were placed in there with the hopes of helping my little men to sleep later. Notice the word “hopes”.
And what we call “The Library”. (I spy three little blonde heads)
I really like how the blue velvet drapes look with the lighter bamboo color along with the wood (original 1921!) paneling.
I want to say the price for these beauties ranges from twenty something dollars for the narrowest size (18″) to eighty something dollars for the widest size. (which I believe is pretty wide, six feet maybe?) For the quality and coloring, the price is right, friends.
I love the tortoise highlights in the pattern.
We have had these shades about five months now, and I have been really happy with them. They work great, and seem to be of good quality. It has surprised me to be honest. The light filtration is just right! (well, it is just right for what I was looking for which was not a blackout shade) You can view the shades online here, but I think it is nice to see the color and pattern in person.
If you have always wanted this bamboo/natural look, but did not want to pay the custom price, these shades are for you!