Zebra shades have taken the window covering industry by storm and have quickly become one of the most popular styles. Many manufacturers have stepped up to put out their version of the product which has led to a large variety of shade qualities and many different product names. Other commonly used names for these are Banded shade, Dual shade and Mandalay shade.
Zebra shades explained...
Zebra shades are best thought of as a variation of a roller shade because the fabric rolls up and down on a tube thats mounted at the top of the window. The difference between the two styles is really only in the fabric. Unlike a roller shade which uses one solid piece of fabric, a zebra shades fabric is made up of alternating bands that are semi-opaque and sheer which roll on the tube bypassing one another. The idea behind this is that you can rotate the bands slightly to line up the sheer fabrics, thus allowing a view out of the window, while still offering daytime privacy and UV protection for interior finishes.
This option of a fabric mixed with a sheer, gives the shade a luxurious feel that's great for all areas of the house but especially in living rooms and dining rooms where you may be desiring a more upscale look.
Zebra shades in a bedroom
If you're considering putting this shade in a bedroom but you're concerned about blocking enough of the light, then you're in luck. One manufacturer has come out with a dual roller cassette system. This specially designed cassette allows for a blackout roller to be mounted behind the zebra fabric while still only requiring a minimal mounting depth. This combined option makes these shades very versatile by allowing the front shade to offer sheer and light filtering capabilities while the back shade offers room darkening.
How much do they cost
Historically any shade that combines sheer fabrics with semi-opaque fabrics has been a higher priced option, however the zebra shade is much more affordable then some of it's counterparts. This has also contributed to the shades growing popularity.
While the beauty of a shade is always in the eye of the beholder, we are very happy with this new trend in window coverings and we suspect the zebra shades are here to stay.
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Chelsea created WestStyle Blinds in 2017. She has worked in blinds and design for the past 13 years including some time spent working as a product representative for one of Canada's largest blind manufactures. Chelsea is a native to the Okanagan Valley and she received interior design training at the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria, BC.