Pleated shades are very versatile with lots of options for light filtering to blackout. Explore our full selection of pleated shades, and don’t forget – you can always speak with an expert design consultant over the phone by calling 1-800-505-1905.

Pleated Shades Features

Pleated shades are a great choice for those who are looking for neutral colors, whites, or even bold vibrant colors and are available in multiple designs and textures to help you make the best choice for your window treatments.’

Whether you are decorating a busy household or a corner office, pleated shades are made with stylish design in mind. These shades are available in both 1 inch and 2 inch pleat sizes with options for fabric liner upgrades. On their own, these shades will block some light and even offer privacy, but adding liners and blackout materials can help you have even more control over privacy and light.

Pleated Shades Upgrades

Interested in upgrading your pleated shades? Consider these optional features for further customization:

  • Cordless Lift: This popular option provides a hidden control system that eliminates the lift cord and enables the shades to be easily raised or lowered with the touch of a finger.
  • Top-Down/Bottom-Up Controls: A very popular option that allows your matchstick blinds to be raised and lowered in either direction to allow for privacy similar to that of a café curtain.
  • Continuous Cord Loop Controls: This option secures cords to your wall or window frame, resulting in fewer cords on display.
  • Motorized Lift: With a motorized lift upgrade, your shades can be raised or lowered at the push of a button.

Pleated Shades Considerations

  • Privacy liners are available only with cordless lift upgrades and as a single panel only.
  • Room darkening liner is not available with cordless or motorized lift.
  • Optional fabric liners create a neutral color appearance when viewed from outside.
  • Due to the construction of the shades, light will filter through the route holes even with a liner.
  • Continuous cord lift is recommended for larger and heavier shades.


Pleated shades, sometimes referred to as pleated blinds or accordion blinds, are a very versatile window shade for light control. They are made from a single piece of fabric that has been folded into crisp pleats and are at a lower cost than other shades such as roller shades.

Pleated Shades are able to block light and provide privacy with an added blackout liner. Be aware that some light may shine through holes in the shade fabric when lowered. 

Without an added liner, onlookers may be able to see outlines but will not have a clear view into your room. 

Pleated shades can last up to 7-8 years with proper care and cleaning. 

Yes, due to their versatility with a range of colors and textures, they can be used to match any decor