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5 Things To Know About Zebra Blinds

When it comes to interior renovations, it’s important to design a space that is stylish and functional. Zebra blinds, one of the most popular trends in window fashion, provides your space just that. With a unique design, zebra blinds are the perfect window treatment for transitioning from light to dark.
They offer many benefits, regardless of the room you install them in. In this blog, let’s find out how zebra blinds function and if they’re the right choice for your space.

White zebra shades installed in three big windows facing the ocean

What Are Zebra Blinds?

Zebra blinds, also called dual blinds, are a modern roller blind alternative to horizontal blinds. Consisting of alternating horizontal opaque and sheer fabric stripes, these blinds transition from day to night easily. By adjusting the stripes, you’re in control of how much light and privacy your room receives. Simply overlap the opaque stripes to be able to see through the sheer stripes and allow light to filter in. When you’re in need of more privacy or room darkening, adjust your blinds to allow the opaque stripes to be spaced out. Zebra blinds are an innovative and modern window treatment that adds a unique style to any room. 

What Are Zebra Shades Made Of?

Zebra blinds are primarily made from high quality PES and cotton. PES (Polyethersulfone) is a high quality polymer, which is durable and strong. Safe and non-toxic, PES is flame retardant and free of additives so it’s safe for you and your family. The alternating stripes can be customized with color, texture, and fabric options to suit your aesthetic. 

zebra shades installed on a sliding glass door

What Do Zebra Blinds Look Like From Outside?

Zebra blinds have the same look from the outside as the inside. Since the window treatment fabric is made to transition with raising or lowering the blind, there is no difference in view from the front as the back of the blind. Depending on the color and opacity of the zebra blind, the view from outside may be slightly less bold.

How Do Zebra Blinds Work?

Unlike traditional roller shades, zebra blinds are one continuous loop of fabric that rolls through the bottom bar. When adjusting the shades by cord or motor, the alternating horizontal stripes roll to overlap. If you’re looking for light control, adjust your shades so that the opaque stripes overlap to allow light to filter through the sheer stripes. For more privacy or room darkening, spread out the opaque stripes. Roll the blinds all the way to the top of your window to have the maximum light and view. These alternating stripes give you the control of how much light and privacy you need in your space. Zebra blinds transition from light to dark in seconds. 

Now that we have a general understanding of what zebra blinds are and how they are made, let’s find out the 5 reasons to install zebra blinds into your home. 

white linen zebra blinds in a dinin room with long brown table

1. Zebra Blinds for Privacy and Light Filtering

 Zebra blinds offer both light filtering and privacy protection in one roller shade. The sheer stripes provide light filtering, glare reduction, and UV protection. When the opaque stripes are overlapping, your blinds will allow for light to filter through, giving your space the brightness it needs. The light filtering stripes also allow for you to see outside. The opaque stripes provide privacy and room darkening. Perfect for night time, movie time, or any time you want to ensure that no one can see through your windows. When the opaque stripes are spaced out, your blinds will become unable to see through and will make your space darker. 

2. Zebra Blinds Can Transition Into Blackout

As mentioned above, zebra blinds alternating opaque and sheer horizontal stripes allow you to transition from light to dark in an instant. Available in a variety of colors and fabrics to choose from, opting for a blackout opaque choice gives you the benefits of blackout shades without the commitment. Zebra blinds can be blackout when you need room darkness or privacy, but can allow light to pass through when you adjust the shades to overlap the opaque stripes. 

Brown zebra blinds marching the colors of the  living room

3. Zebra Blinds Are Durable

The PES material that zebra blinds are made of is durable and long lasting. The construction of the blinds allows for them to roll seamlessly to adjust the light control and privacy. The fabric is also easy to clean and maintain. Simply dust them lightly once a week to keep them looking brand new. If you get a stain on your blinds, use a damp cloth to gently dab at it (be careful not to rub so the stain does not spread). With proper use and maintenance, your blinds will last you years. 

4. Zebra Blinds Are Versatile

In terms of versatility, zebra blinds offer a lot of options. Not only can you customize your blinds to have the right fabric and color choice for your style, these blinds can be installed in any room. From contemporary to traditional, these modern window treatments can fit into any home style and match any color scheme.  Windows small and large can benefit from zebra blinds because of their flexible light control. You can install them in every room of your home without compromising either privacy or light filtering. 

Woman lowering zebra shades on a sliding glass door

5. Zebra Blinds Are Energy Efficient

Did you know that by installing zebra blinds into your home you could actually save money on your monthly electricity bill? That’s right! Zebra blinds are energy efficient and help keep the temperature outside from coming through your windows. Simply installing these window treatments could save you an average of 30%. During the summer months they keep the heat from warming up your space, while in winter they keep the cold from entering. Because of the double layering of fabric, zebra blinds can offer greater insulation over other window treatments. 

Smart Home? Zebra Blinds Can Be Motorized

Adding motorization makes adjusting your blinds easy and convenient. With a press of a button, your blinds will raise or lower to the exact position you prefer. For even more convenience, consider adding a smart hub to your motorized zebra blinds. This will allow you to control your blinds from any location through a free smartphone app. You can even set schedules for your blinds to be raised or lowered, which can help with keeping your home sheltered by the outside temperature. Pair your smart hub with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to use voice commands to adjust your window treatments. 

Other than the convenience factor, motorized zebra blinds have a safety factor as well. Homes with small children or pets benefit from motorized blinds as they eliminate cords, chains, and tilt wands. These chains can be a potential choking hazard and by opting for motorized zebra blinds your home will be safer for your loved ones. 

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