We have Bamboo Woven Shades in several of our rooms. I LOVE the warmth and texture they add. I have been using them for over 10 years and still love them. They aren’t going anywhere. And it is one of my most asked questions- “Where are your bamboo shades from in your front room?” or “Where are your roman shades from in your kitchen?” Someone was just asking me about getting new window coverings to replace their wood blinds. She was going to go with wood shutters. I advised her against it for several reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I know wood shutters are really nice and expensive, but that doesn’t always mean they are the best. If you want to cozy-up your home and add some texture do bamboo shades. If you don’t get a lot of light in your home going with something that you can roll up off of the window to let light in will be huge to the feeling in your space.
Adding bamboo shades or fabric roman shades to your windows was actually one of may Top Tips to Cozy up your Home!
Today I am sharing a round-up of sources for Bamboo Woven Shades and Fabric Roman Shades.
Bamboo Woven Wood Shades-
I did the above bamboo shades for THIS bedroom makeover for a client. They are cordless and super affordable. They do not have lining. But they do filter the light well. If you want complete privacy or have a window in a bedroom that is seen from the street you would want to do lining or a a roller shade behind if you have the room. (You can find them HERE on Overstock and HERE at Walmart)
So you can see why I wanted to add them bamboo shades to our girls bedroom. Kevin even said how much the bamboo shades complete the room! They really do. And they do block out the light for when the girls want to sleep-in. Makes it super cozy! (You can find them HERE on Overstock and HERE at Walmart)
They pull up and down with such ease and no stressing about cords and kids playing in them.
We have a couple older window frames. So we had to ad a 1×2 inside the window frame to attach the brackets too. I always like to do inside-mount with my roman shades and bamboo shades. See below! And also remember to do the brackets under the top of the window frame rather than the sides of the frame, where you would see it.
I ended up adding the cordless bamboo shades to all the rooms on our upstairs level. So happy we did! The above room is our family room and guest room, so it is nice to be able to close the shades when it turns into a guest room. (You can find them HERE on Overstock and HERE at Walmart)
We added them to our master bedroom too!
We had these bamboo shades when we moved into our home. I love them. Even though they have no lining, not every room needs the lining. I like them that way so the light can filter in the room. Notice how they are inside-mount, fit exactly inside our molding. And all of the shades I am sharing below are all inside-mount. You can find similar bamboo shades HERE.
Both our bathrooms have THESE Bamboo Woven Wood Shades and love the texture they add to a bathroom. Again they hav no lining. But the bottom half of our windows are frosted so they shades don’t need lining for privacy. (THESE are really similar).
A way you can purchase inexpensive Bamboo Woven Wood Shades but still want lining you could add THESE Roller Shades behind your Bamboo Woven Shades. This does not always work if your window seal isn’t very deep. I guess you could mount your bamboo woven shades outside your window seal, but I would try to do inside mount bamboo shades when you can. It looks more custom.
Or you can add black-out lining yourself– I did a nursery makeover for my sister-in-law and we added THESE Bamboo Woven Shades with a light filtering lining. I thought they would be good enough for the nursery to darken the room. Wrong. We made-over the nursery in December, when it would get dark at 5:00 rather then in the summer when it gets dark at 9:00. December it was fine, but come Spring the bedroom is blasted with sun! It is also a west facing room. The light filtering lining would maybe be fine on a room that faces east. I came up with a quick, $20 solution to darken the room.
Below is what the bamboo shades looked like with the “light filtering lining”-
Below shows what the bamboo roman shades look like with the new added “black-out lining”-
Below shows the Bamboo Roman Shades pulled up with the black-out lining. The shades DID NOT pull up the same as they did before. Notice how they bunch up rather than pull up. But they were a quick, inexpensive solution. I bought the black-out fabric at a local fabric store. I attached the fabric with a hot glue gun.
Bamboo or Woven Wood Blinds Sources-
*** Great price for black-out lined and custom! Budget Shades- Home Depot – Bamboo/ Black-Out/ Customizable colors, sizes and lining – starting at $87
Home Decorators Collection- Home Depot – Bamboo / Light Filtering – starting at $27
Levlour – Lowes – Bamboo/ Light Filtering / Customizable sizes that can be cut to fit exactly inside your window- starting at $21 (what is in the nursery)
Pottery Barn– Bamboo/ Black- Out / Huge variety of ready-made sizes- starting at $180
Fabric Roman Shades-
I recently did THESE Roman Shades. They are super affordable, cordless and room darkening. They are like a canvas material, so be aware that they are not a cotton. But I have to say for the price we were super impressed! And they come in half sizes. (See this bedroom HERE).
We have custom fabric roman shades in our kitchen. I LOVE fabric roman shades. I wrote a complete blog post about our kitchen Roman Shades HERE. We put in ready-made fabric roman shades right when we moved into our home. They were perfect for what we needed at the time. I bought them on sale and knew they wouldn’t be forever because I wanted inside-mount roman shades. Custom roman shades are about double the price of ready-made so that is something to factor in. If you can find some ready-made that fit inside your molding that is a huge win!! Also if you don’t have nice molding it is totally ok to do outside mount roman shades.
Below is what THESE ready-made roman shades looked like. I did add some fabric to the bottom to add some length and interest. I didn’t even sew it on. I just ironed the fabric really well and then hot glued the fabric to the bottom. I can sew, just decided to do this project quickly and to show anyone can do it! Notice how the shade is mounted on the molding, it works but doesn’t show off the nice molding.
Fabric Roman Shade Sources-
Arlo Blinds– Fabric/ Black Out/ Roman Shades ready-made / Starting at $43
Elegant Home– Fabric/ Room Darkening/ Roman Shades ready-made / Starting at $49
Real Simple– Fabric/ Room Darkening /Roman Shades ready-made / Starting at $79
Pottery Barn – Fabric / Black Out / Roman Shades ready-made color options/ Starting at $156
Barn and Willow– Fabric/ Black out or Room Darkening/ Roman Shades custom size and colors / Starting at $200 (this is what we have)
How to measure for your Inside Mount Roman Shades and Outside Mount-
I hope that was helpful and gave you some insight into Roman Shades and all the options. Leave a questions below if I missed something!