Using Pleated Shades in the Kitchen

Kitchen Pleated shades are a very basic but popular window treatment, though it has some pros and cons to its uses. Very simply a pleated shade is a shade that has fabric connected to the slats of a normal shade, so that when the shades are down the fabric will cover the window and provide a seamless look. When the shades are then opened the fabric and slats will line up in an accordion style for a clean look. Think of it this way, pleated shades are a version of the Venetian blind but with fabric.

Understanding the different ways of using pleated shades in the kitchen will allow you to weight the pros and cons to determine if it’s the right choice for you. First you need to determine if the kitchen is really the best place for a fabric window treatment. If your window is next to the stove or the sink then the possibility of splatters or drips getting on your fabric shades is likely. While using pleated shades in the kitchen given these circumstances is not completely out of the question, it is something to consider. Do you really want to be worried about cleaning your shades every time something splatters on it? If you don’t want to put in that much work then you should stay away from pleated shades.

If you are looking for complete privacy without losing the outside light then using pleated shades in the kitchen may be the perfect solution for you. The fabric of the shades will give you total privacy, as no one will be able to see it. However, because the fabric is usually light colored and thin then it will allow the light to gently filter into the room. This can also be an advantage if you’re worried about direct sunlight faded appliances in your kitchen. The light will still get in the room but it won’t be as harsh or direct as an uncovered window would. If you prefer less light in the room, you can get pleated shades in a dark fabric color in order to eliminate more light from the kitchen when they are closed.

Pleated Shades In The KitchenNext to consider when using pleated shades in the kitchen, is the maintenance they will require. Generally you can lower the shade and gently vacuum the shades to get rid of dust and dirt. Occasionally the shades may need a deeper cleaning if something gets on them that can’t be vacuumed away. Using a damp micro fiber cloth, gently scrub the surface of the closed shades until the problem is removed. You may need to rinse the cloth and repeat this process several times for bad stains. Then leave the shades down until they are dry before pulling them up. You should also keep the shades closed for a few hours after you clean them in order for them to not lose their pleats. It’s also important to note that if you have paper pleated shades you should not use a damp cloth or expose them to water for cleaning in any way.

Lastly, consider the material before using pleated shades in the kitchen. Most of the fabric options are very sturdy and will not be damaged by heat or moisture, though they may be harder to clean than a vinyl or aluminum shade. However, paper pleated shades generally are a bad choice for kitchens since they are much more easily damaged. They will be damaged by heat, moisture, or exposure to cleaning chemicals.

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