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

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

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

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

  5. Azka Chaudhary says:

    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.

  6. Zara Mubeen says:

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

  7. Somia Mughal says:

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

  8. Lerry Steve says:

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Shyzah Soharwerdi says:

    LOVE. 🙂

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