Best pleated window shades according to redditors

We found 41 Reddit comments discussing the best pleated window shades. We ranked the 8 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Pleated Window Shades:

u/Bernarnold2016 · 32 pointsr/pics

For your wife [Original Blackout Pleated Paper Shade Black, 36" x 72", 6-Pack] (

Super inexpensive, blocks light. I have them in almost every window of my apartment.

u/flambeaway · 7 pointsr/Skookum

Bellows is the word you're looking for.

Alibaba - fabric bellows

AKON Skirting and Bellows

For a cheaper and hackier option, check out pleated temporary shades.

u/mmcnama4 · 6 pointsr/DesignMyRoom

There are affordable paper shades that would hangle at the correct angle. You might have to pin at the ideal pivot pt, but they'd work.

Something like these. These assume you aren't interested in full blackout.

u/redblueorange · 3 pointsr/InteriorDesign

I can't see what the edges look like. But I had some massive windows and there are a few options. 1. Shower tension rod, 2 amazon sells sticker shades, pretty cheap
Achim Home Furnishings 1-2-3 Vinyl Room Darkening Temporary Pleated Window Shade, 36" by 75", black, 36 X 75"
Ive seen rods that attach to walls and are cables between, or you may be able to so something creative with sticky hooks. Do you have a wider photo?

I lived in an old school that was converted to condos, we weren't allowed to damage anything and the windows were 8 feet tall by 5 feet wide. The shower tension rods worked perfectly.

u/AXISMGT · 3 pointsr/homeoffice

Original Blackout Pleated Paper Shade Black, 36” x 72”, 6-Pack

u/timacx · 3 pointsr/sleep

This is a classic case of shift work sleep disorder. (

Do what you can to control lighting and temperature in your bedroom.

  1. Get cheap blackout curtains or something to reduce room light. What I bought to help: Also, I have used this sleep mask: I bought a cheaper one once, but it wasn't big enough and hurt my ears.

  2. Keep your bedroom cool if possible.

  3. Avoid computer, TV & cell phone screens (my personal reoccurring issue)

  4. Don't abuse melatonin & when you use it, make sure you're in a dark room with the steps from above.

  5. If you run out of those options, Tylenol PM (Diphenhydramine HCl) is safe in the short term.

  6. Stop caffeine intake by your lunch time (which I would guess is around 6PM).

    (I've worked night shift for nearly 8 years. It's taken me a long time to figure it all out. I feel your pain.)
u/swimcheese · 2 pointsr/blogsnark

I got two packs of these temporary stick on paper shades to use until I can make up my mind / save up money. They look good in person, especially for $2-3 a piece, and my only complaint is they're annoying to lift up and down regularly. But they're not an eyesore so I'm not rushing to get rid of them.

I'm stalking and for their replacements. These sites always always have sales. I have my carts full with wood roller blinds waiting for a 40% sale. Wood roller blinds can add some really nice texture to a room.

u/knitpixie · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

If it were me, I get whatever curtains I liked the look of and then put one of these up in the window behind it.

u/ohlookanasshole · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I work nights and bought these. They are amazeballs. Also use them where the kids sleep. My toddler has not pulled them down yet. You have to manually fold them up and clip them, which with toddlers is a plus since there's no cool "whizz!!" action.

u/motsrox · 2 pointsr/DIY

I have huge bay windows in my new apartment. They're awesome during the day, but less so at night when I'm trying to sleep.
I need something to completely black them out, but that is also easily to raise. As this is a rental, I'd like to avoid having to drill holes.
I tried this thing, it does a great job blocking out the light at night, but is a huge pain in the morning. I found this, which has a string, but is not made to completely black out all night.

Does anyone know a workable solution for this problem?

u/lordnecro · 2 pointsr/lifehacks

That is $35 for a 6 pack. They are actually quite good at blocking the light. They make them in several different weights too, so you can block more or less light.

u/tsmartin123 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You should put these on your wishlist :)

u/jkrockkid · 2 pointsr/malelivingspace

Yeah they also have some that have clips, I’m sure if you shop around you can even find some with some cool designs if you wanted.

kinda like this

u/ZeldaZ1980 · 2 pointsr/plantclinic

I had a similar window issue so i got this insanely inexpensive light filtering shade that you cut to size. Far exceeded my expectations. I ended up buying 2 more. If you go for it, be sure to get the ones labeled fabric. One of the sizes only comes in paper and imo isn't as good.

u/Goopy_Carbonara · 2 pointsr/nursing

My setup includes one of these on each of my two bedroom windows.

In addition, I have blackout curtains over the shades to fully block all light around the edges.

I turn on my air purifier for some background noise and I am good to go.

My room is as dark as a cave even in the middle of the day. Much better than a sleep mask which can be cumbersome.

u/Dremd07 · 2 pointsr/sleeptrain

Original Blackout Pleated Paper Shade Black, 48" x 72", (Pack of 6)

u/Ketchupbunny · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

i have paper blackout curtains in my bedroom instead of an eye mask. you can also find them at hardware stores, for example home depot if you are in the usa. you cut them to you window size and tape em up. they have clips to keep them weighted when you put them doen at night. works like a charm - total darkness!

u/wararmy · 2 pointsr/DIY

Paper blinds.

That's what I used at my temp apartment. Black ones will fit the apt style & rather inexpensive. Easy to cut them to adjust the width. The only downside, given how high up your windows are, will be a pain in the boot to adjust them. So I'd just leave them at about 70-75% closed.

u/guga31bb · 2 pointsr/weightroom

I have these in my bedroom and they're amazing.

u/phidel_kashflow · 2 pointsr/funny
u/djronnieg · 2 pointsr/Nightshift

They come in two sizes -- Original Blackout Pleated Paper shade. 36" for $20 and 48" wide for $36. I bought the $20 version and was able to had to trim off a couple of inches; they're designed to be cut per the directions.

The top most end has an adhesive strip although in supposed one could use tacks if they preferred. The adhesive stip works fine.

u/GreyZQJ · 2 pointsr/raisingkids

Do you have Instagram? Check out "takingcarababies". She offers different types of classes that you can pay for, but I have gotten SO much good, free advice just from following her posts.

I also second what people are saying about the blackout curtains and sound machines. I got these for blackout curtains--they are cheap and efficient. You want something that actually blocks all light, which most curtains don't do.

Original Blackout Pleated Paper...

Seriously though, taking Cara babies. Its a game changer!!

u/Beemorriscats · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

If you want to get some blackout curtains that aren't actually curtains (for the strangulation risk), I highly recommend these paper ones

They're pleated and made of paper. You can cut them to length (or width) and they come with clips so you can fold them up and secure them!

u/driving26inorovalley · 2 pointsr/Tucson

Nice! Oh, and here are some temporary blackout shades:

I used Redi Shades in a whole house before while waiting to figure out a more permanent window treatment solution and ended up leaving them for more than a year, as they were clean-looking, durable, and easy to adjust if needed.

u/BosenHund · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

for complete blackout you might need levels to cut light and to block as much as possible at the edges

  1. Pleated Paper Shade to fit inside the frame

    maybe reuse the Walmart curtains using Overlapping curtain track
    URL as examples
u/OolasBF · 1 pointr/homeowners

My wife bought about a dozen of these on Amazon.

So far they've worked great. They are cheaply made, but you wouldn't know it by looking at them. The adhesive sticks well, they were easy to cut and install and have stood up to regular use for more than a month now.

My two cents.

u/3000Flurbos · 1 pointr/bjj

If you're struggling to get 8 hours a night, you can focus on deepening the sleep you do get instead of sleeping longer.

  • Black out your room at night. This is the biggest one for me. I have cheap blackout shades and I use electrical tape to cover internet routers, smoke alarms - anything that flashes. Get your room dark enough that you can't see your hand in front of your face. Even a little light will fuck with your melatonin production and compromise your sleep quality.

  • If you use electronics at night, download f.lux. It's a free program that removes blue light from your monitor after the sun sets. Your phone should have night mode under settings; turn that on as well. Light in the blue spectrum is the biggest melatonin disruptor.

  • Take 400 mg of magnesium citrate or magnesium glycinate before bed. It eases stress and causes a dramatic increase in sleep quality. Plus, a good percentage of the population is deficient in magnesium, so you could probably use a little extra anyway. If you go for magnesium citrate, start at 200 mg and move up to 400 mg over the course of a couple days. Too much at once will make you shit your pants. Glycinate doesn't have that issue, but isn't quite as bioavailable.

  • Take 300 mcg of melatonin right before bed. Melatonin is a hormone your body uses to encourage deep sleep, and taking it in pill form will knock you right out. It's prescription in the UK, over-the-counter in the US. Most doses are far too high (2-10 mg), and can impair your natural melatonin production if you take them regularly without a break. Stick with 300mcg (linked above); it's the minimum effective dose and won't mess with your hormones long-term.

  • I also drink kava tea on nights when I really can't sleep. It's more for stress relief/anxiety than for sleep, but if you find you have trouble winding down at night it can be a big help. Don't drink alcohol alongside kava; the active compounds, kavalactones, bind to the same brain receptors that alcohol does, meaning the effects of the two stack.

  • Don't take sleeping pills if you can avoid them. I'm not a doctor, and I'm not saying you should ignore your doctor, but sleeping pills don't actually put you into stage 3 and stage 4 sleep (the deep, restorative sleep your brain needs). They can also cause a lot of neurological side effects.

    Source: neuroscientist who focused on psychopharmacology and sleep when I was getting my degree.
u/iLift9000 · 1 pointr/xboxone

We use these ( in our bedroom with some existing curtains we had. They are amaaaaazing. It keeps our up-with-the-sun jack russell in bed a couple hours extra on the weekends.

6 shades for $20? 100% worth it.

u/Sadie_for_real · 1 pointr/IFParents

These are a lifesaver when we travel. They go on and come off really easily and make the room perfectly dark for sleep. Boo on the smoking though. Not cool.

u/mlansang · 1 pointr/DIY

What about stick-on shades?

Original Blackout Pleated Paper Shade Black, 36" x 72", 6-Pack

u/the_brotato · 1 pointr/pics

The only added element here are the blackout curtains I installed from Amazon. This suddenly popped up after a small opening (likely from the tape coming undone) in the blackout curtains.

u/CeasarJones · 0 pointsr/malelivingspace

That’s top on my list. I was thinking something like these. Cheap, quick but something different.

Paper Blinds