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Banded Sheer Roller Shades – Check these 3 Facts Before You Buy

Banded Sheer Roller Shades – Check these 3 Facts Before You Buy

Zebra Blinds Dining Windows — Get a beautiful style that allows both sheer elegance and privacy. Fabric bands alternate between sheer and privacy fabric

Are Banded Sheer Roller Shades popular in Calgary?

You bet. Banded Sheer Roller Shades offer what you desire. You desire a shading that

  • is elegant and sleek with no clutter – No Venetian Blinds
  • offers fabric softness, yet better in style than regular roller shades
  • is affordable and easy to clean

This style, also called Zebra blinds, score high on all three points.

You blend comfort with functionality.

What is my role in all this? I work with you to pick base colors, use different textures, find similar tones and make your living spaces feel comfortable and welcoming. Also, check how this shade style suits Calgary home windows.

What you need to know about Zebra / Banded Sheer Roller Shades?

I assume you know the style of Zebra Blinds. In case you don’t, here is a quick refresher.

Sheer Banded Roller Shades are made using one continuous fabric that combines a soft sheer with a semi-opaque privacy fabric. You control the shade up or down, and the mesmerizing design sequences between soft muted sheer view and light filtering privacy.

Zebra Blinds Living Windows — Make your home look elegant with Sheer Roller Blinds. Fabric softness with a sleek look is what you get with banded shades.
Zebra Blinds Living Windows — Make your home look elegant with Sheer Roller Blinds. Fabric softness with a sleek look is what you get with banded shades.

When you raise the shade fully, it slides inside the soft fabric wrapped header providing a sleek appearance.

Bands appear one after another. The sheer band allows view-through, and the fabric band allows privacy.

Zebra Blinds Sheer Bands — How Zebra Blinds work — Move shade up or down to filter the light and see-through, sheer to privacy
Zebra Blinds Sheer Bands — How Zebra Blinds work — Move shade up or down to filter the light and see-through, sheer to privacy

You loop the shade up or down to filter the light and see-through.

This fabric transition from sheer to fabric resembles the stripe pattern on the body of a zebra. So, the name zebra blind.

What are the other names for this style of shade?

You will see many names for Zebra Blinds

  • Dual Shades
  • Banded Shades
  • Dual Sheers
  • Mandalay Shades
  • Alternative Style Shades
  • Double View roller blinds
  • Double Sheer Roller Shades

Whatever name you use, let’s work on your end goal. Let’s make your windows and decor look beautiful, warm, rich, and inviting.

Check these 3 things before you buy

Not all shades are made the same. So, do your homework.

You are here to do that. Let me share what I see or know based on twelve plus years of experience.

Keep a keen eye on these factors as you make your decision:

Fabric Band Size

Shades come in three different band sizes-small, medium, and large.

Select a fabric with a band height that suits your view-through preference.

The bigger the fabric band, the greater the view

Small Band:
— Solid band height: 2 7/8″
— Sheer band height: 2″ to 2 1/8″

Medium Band:
— Solid band height: 3″ to 3 1/8″ — Sheer band height: 1 7/8″ to 2 1/8″

Large Band
— Solid band height: 3 7/8″ to 4 5/8″ — Sheer band height: 2 3/4″ to 3 1/4″

Sheer Roller Band Sizes — Choose from three sizes — small, medium and large. The bigger the fabric band, the greater the view through
Sheer Roller Band Sizes — Choose from three sizes — small, medium and large. The bigger the fabric band, the greater the view through

Sheer Fabric Mesh Size

As you know, these shades feature a combination of sheer and solid fabric bands in a single shade.

Finesse of the sheer varies with different solid fabric bands – ranging from fine woven sheer to more netting style sheer.

The major determinant is the size of the mesh.

Roller Blind Sheer Size — Watch for the finesse of the sheer fabric. Choose between Finer sheer voile and net style sheer mesh
Roller Blind Sheer Size — Watch for the finesse of the sheer fabric. Choose between Finer sheer voile and net style sheer mesh

Finer sheer voile is see-through whereas net style sheer mesh has enough body to make it’s presence felt.

Fabric Quality

You decorate your home to enjoy simple daily joys.

You strive to get zebra blinds at a competitive price in the market – that doesn’t always mean the cheapest.

Spend time assessing the shade quality and avoid future discomforts.

How your zebra blinds put energy into your daily life — natural daylighting, ability to see-through, open feel — are more important than possessing them.

I give two examples whereby

  • Shade fabric failed once it’s in use

    Poor quality fabric or flaw in fabrication will cause the fabric to fray on edges.

    I related to the discomfort in the voice of a homeowner while showing me the following. Also, to top all that, the big box store that provided the shade did not fix the issue. 

    Roller Blind Fabric Fraying — Sheer fabric is delicate. Make sure you get zebra blinds made by quality suppliers. Do your diligence.
    Roller Blind Fabric Fraying — Sheer fabric is delicate. Make sure you get zebra blinds made by quality suppliers. Do your diligence.

    Sheer fabric is both delicate and supple. The good quality supplier uses laser cutting for textile that ensures the cut & seal process for synthetic fabrics. What you get are the exact cutting edges.

Bottom Bar Finish

Bottom Bar finish is the cherry on the cake for all the effort you put into selecting a shade for your home.

You have two types of finishes — fabric wrapped or color-coordinated painted finish.

Banded Sheer Roller Bottombar — Add to the overall appeal of your zebra blinds. What do you like: fabric-wrapped bottom bar or co-ordinated metallic finish
Banded Sheer Roller Bottombar — Add to the overall appeal of your zebra blinds. What do you like: fabric-wrapped bottom bar or co-ordinated metallic finish

What is your aesthetic appeal?

Free In-Home Consulting

When we meet in your home, you get to see different styles of shades in action.

Having clear ideas about shade styles helps match the right choice for the specific needs – room darkening, kids safety, and aesthetics.

Are you ready to see the hand samples of modern day window covering choices?

Schedule our FREE In-Home consultation.

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Learn about your choices. Make smart decisions.

Banded Sheer Roller Shades are made by all the leading suppliers in the window coverings industry.

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