August 23, 2015

How to Shorten a Bamboo Shade (video)

how to shorten a bamboo shade

We’re over living in a fish bowl and have window treatments on the top of our list.  The windows in our great room are beautiful– my favorite in the house.  I wanted to add some warmth and texture to the room and had envisioned bamboo shades.  I had checked out some Home Decorators options available at Home Depot, and was pretty excited when they approached me and asked if I was interested in collaborating.

I selected a beautiful finish– the Bamboo Driftwood Flatware Shade— and after installing the first one realized they needed to be shortened.  No one likes a lot of bulk at the bottom of a shade.  By shortening it, the shade has a custom, finished look.

Anytime you’re working with a material like bamboo, it’s a little intimidating.  My mind can think of a gazillion things that could go wrong.  Good news is shortening it isn’t one of them.

I’ve broken down exactly how to shorten a bamboo shade in video form because some things are just easier to see in video than in print.  Am I right, people?

video/editing: Romero Media

The shades are one layer of window treatment I have planned for this room– can’t wait to show you the next level.


*Thank you to Lewis Hyman, Home Decorators, and Home Depot for sponsoring this video

  1. G. Posey

    August 23rd, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks SOOOOO much for this tutorial Jen! I was hoping to hang bamboo shades in the bathroom but because the window is short, couldn’t find anything to fit them. This is a great solution–thanks!!!

  2. Jen

    September 6th, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Glad you found it helpful! Thanks!

  3. Daisy

    August 23rd, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Jennifer please tell me the name and color of your backsplash and also the color of the walls and cabinets thank you:)

  4. emily

    August 29th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    fantastic tutorial! also, love seeing the peek of your house.

  5. Jen

    September 6th, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you so much!

  6. Sheezuka

    September 18th, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Jennifer, where can we find the Home Decorators bamboo shade?

  7. Jen

    September 22nd, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Hi there, you can get it on Home Depot’s website!

  8. Azka Chaudhary

    September 26th, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Jen, where can we find Home Decorators Collection bamboo shades? I have never seen these before, and totally love the look! It is so refreshingly different.

  9. Zara Mubeen

    September 27th, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, that is a lot easier than I would have thought.

  10. Somia Mughal

    September 27th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Jen, I LOVE this idea! That grey bamboo shade looks great with the black window trim in your keeping room.

  11. Lerry Steve

    September 28th, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Okay, now this is cool. I am taking down my white plantation shutters and going with bamboo too! Thanks for the tutorial on how to customize the length.

  12. Rai Sen

    September 28th, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Jen, Do you know what other window shade sizes that shade comes in? Where can I find Home Decorators? I googled it but didn’t find the bamboo shades like in your video.

  13. Jen

    September 29th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi, there is a hyperlink to the shades in this post. Thanks for reading!

  14. Shyzah Soharwerdi

    September 28th, 2015 at 10:19 am

    LOVE. 🙂

  15. Sara Cyan

    September 28th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Jen, you make decorating everything look so easy. Your home is beautiful! LOVE IT! 🙂

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