Bamboo shades are durable and versatile.

How to Hang Bamboo Woven Shades

by Benna Crawford

Bamboo woven shades are environmentally friendly, economically manageable and aesthetically appealing. They are also a snap to put up, fit into a wide spectrum of decor choices and can be used to solve design problems in every room of your house. Filter light in the nursery with a bamboo shade when the drapes are pulled back. Underscore an Asian theme with woven bamboo over the curtainless windows. Use bamboo for unexpected decor challenges -- just don't forget to tie the cords safely out of the reach of your curious brood.

Fit-Anywhere Shades

Bamboo shades are the perfect solution for those awkward corner windows that don't leave enough room for curtains but need something to create privacy and finish off the decor. Look for the burnt bamboo style with a tortoiseshell pattern that gives a little weight to the appearance of the shade. Hang one just inside the frame of each window for a neat-looking corner and flexible light control as you raise and lower shades individually to cut morning and afternoon glare.

Roofing Material

Woven bamboo shades are a default style anywhere in the house but they work just as well outside, in unexpected ways. Unroll a wide bamboo shade over the top of your backyard pergola for dappled sunlight over outdoor meals at the family table or picnic bench. The shade becomes an instant, inexpensive, permeable roof, allowing light and air to pass through -- but not too much of either. The natural fiber is very durable, so sun and rain won't melt your overhead shade. You should get at least one full season, and probably more, from it before the bamboo begins to fray -- or some enterprising birds build a nest in it.

Faux Window

You've wrestled a tiny office nook from the end of a hallway or a closet with the door removed, but it is a tad claustrophobic. So draw yourself a window with the help of a bamboo shade and a portrait lamp or small LED light. Hang the shade on the wall at window height. You can get fancy and apply painted decorative molding like window trim around the shade, but it's not necessary. Neither is painting the wall in chalkboard paint and drawing a window frame in chalk -- but you might try that if you have time on your hands. Hang the tiny light just behind the shade and plug it into the extension cord or outlet that powers your office gear. Click the light on -- shade down, of course -- to work in privacy in front of your shaded, sunny window.

Island Archway

Use bamboo shades as architecture to create an archway at the entrance to a room. Hang a narrow bamboo shade on either side of the open entry to a living or dining room or family den. Each shade should create a column where there was open space, outlining a new "doorway" or entrance to the room. Position another bamboo shade, wide enough to reach from the outside edges of the vertical shades, over the entrance to complete the arch. Tack the vertical shades to the floor if you don't want them swaying in the breeze -- or place a potted palm in front of each one to underscore the new tropical vibe in the space.

About the Author

Benna Crawford has been a journalist and New York-based writer since 1997. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and in professional journals and trade publications. Crawford has a degree in theater, is a certified Prana Yoga instructor, and writes about fitness, performing and decorative arts, culture, sports, business and education .

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