Shades, blinds & window treatments
Along with curtains and drapes, blinds and shades help you set the tone for lighting in your home while adding a sophisticated splash of style. We have a good mix, from black-out cellular blinds for summer morning snoozes to roller blinds that let you adjust the light softly.
Window shades and blinds for every room in your home
For the most part, the sun is your friend. And so is your friendly next-door neighbor Gary who sure has been going back and forth past the windows a lot while doing whatever it is he’s doing in his backyard. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of window blinds and shades that range from softly filtering outside light while providing privacy, to black-out blinds that will help your newborn baby sleep soundly in its nursery at any time of day. As opposed to drapes or curtains, window blinds and shades provide a clean, modern look that combines elegance and an economy of space.
The difference between window blinds and shades
While both window blinds and shades allow you to shut out or filter light while enhancing your privacy and your style, the two terms, which can be used interchangeably, can mean completely different things. For many blinds call to mind slatted window treatments that are adjusted to let in or block light. Meanwhile, shades are a single sheet of fabric pulled down from a roller, either manually or electronically. The term window blinds can also be applied to nearly any type of window covering, such as roman blinds, roller blinds and pleated blinds, which others may call window shades.
Find a window shade or blind for every style and purpose
Select from a wide variety of window blinds and shades, all of which feature a smart design with a hidden chord for enhanced child safety.
Transform any room with the light, airy feel of the diffuse lighting provided by fabric roller blinds. Roller blinds pull down smoothly to the right level with an attached clip that can be connected to an installed fastener at the bottom of the window frame. Options range from a stylish white polyester fabric with the elegant look of linen, which blends with any setting, to a paper and polyester blend that provides a rustic look that can match any wooden paneling or window frames.
The distinct, horizontally pleated look of roman blinds is also functional—it allows you to easily raise the blind to several pre-determined heights as it has magnets in the channels. Find options in white or white with green stripes that add an airy feel while filtering light and adding privacy.
Pleated and celluar shades
Pleated shades (in white) offer a stylish, subdued accordion look and as with other blinds, some light passes through for a charming ambience that can add a dreamy feel to the elegance of French doors, while any passing eyes can only admire the stylish window dressing. The honeycomb design of cellular blinds (in white, gray or black) creates a layer of insulation that keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They range from blocking out most to all light.
Block out the sun completely with a wide variety of blackout shades, including blackout roller blinds with a wand like rod that smoothly drops the blind, and blackout pleated or cellular blinds.
Get rid of the need to get up with programmable electronic blackout roller blinds (in flecked, gray fabric) that you can adjust via remote control. Set them to go up and down with a timer with the TRÅDFRI gateway and IKEA Home smart app.
Choosing the right window blind for your home is easy
Find sheer fabric roller blinds that are made a bit longer to fit tall windows or balcony doors. While many blinds in the collection are available in various dimensions, options in pleated shades and roller blinds, which are made with recycled polyester, can be easily cut for custom fits. Select airy, elegant options in blinds that complement the striking features of French doors or balcony doors. Blackout shades are a great choice for your nursery or bedroom, particularly when you work third shift or just value a good afternoon nap. While the soft filtering of light provided by pleated or roller shades can cut down on glare, go with blackout shades for an enhanced home theater experience for your den or living room.
Installing window shades and blinds is easy-peasey
Several types of window blinds attach to your window frame with no drilling needed. Other options in shades can be mounted inside or outside the window frame, or in the ceiling (wall fittings included). The slot heading of the roman blinds allows you to hang the blind directly on a curtain rod (hooks are also included). For more convenience and greater flexibility in adding your personal touch day-to-day, several blinds use the same wall or ceiling brackets.
Get the measurements right before installing a window shade
When measuring your windows, add at least 5¾" on each side to allow window shades and blinds to cover the window properly and open completely. Measure from the top of the window frame and stop where you want your window blinds or shades to end. As a rule of thumb, add 5¾" to the measurement. If you’re using a curtain rod or rack rail, mount it 5¾" above the window frame.
Taking care of your window blinds is simple
While some blinds can be washed, others cannot be and simply require either a dust cloth, vacuum brush or a damp rag and mild cleaning solution to wipe away dust and smudges. Do not iron, tumble dry or apply bleach.