Zebra / Dual shades are also referred to as:

Layered shades, Banded shades or Transitional shades

Zebra shades are a very trendy, versatile and popular window treatment option. They are also referred to layered, dual, banded or transitional shades. A zebra shade is essentially a roller shade as it uses the same continuous loop operating mechanism as a roller shade to allow the fabric to roll up and down.


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Difference between a roller shade and a zebra shade

  • A roller blind is made of one solid piece of fabric, either transparent or blackout.
  • A zebra blind is also made out of one fabric however there is one piece (layer) at the front and another at the back all in one continuous loop.  
  • The fabric of the zebra blind is made up of alternating bands of sheer and semi-opaque material which gives the blind its zebra-like appearance.  

Here are some of the reasons why homeowners prefer zebra or banded shades.

Light Control and Privacy

The alternating bands of sheer and semi-opaque on the fabric gives the home owner two options in one window treatment (this is why it is sometimes referred to as a dual shade). The sheer bands in the fabric can be rotated and lined up allowing a view of the outdoors and the light and sunshine to filter in, creating a warm and welcoming ambience, especially on a cold winter day.

Alternatively, at night, the semi-opaque bands can be lined up to provide privacy from the outdoors and to create a warm and cosy atmosphere in the room. During the warm summer days, homeowners can use the privacy option to keep the heat of the sun out of the room thereby reducing energy needs and protecting their wooden floors, artwork and furniture from the harmful UV rays of the sun.  


The sheer and semi-opaque bands in the fabric of the zebra or layered shade bring an elegant and luxurious ambience to living areas These window treatments are so versatile that they can match the décor of a room with either a modern or a traditional feel.

The blend of both sheer and solid bands in the fabric of the window covering can “soften” the feel and look of shade.

Fabric options

Homeowners would be happy to know that there is a wide variety of colour, texture and fabric options available. Therefore, whatever the look or colour option you require there is something to match your décor.


Yes, these window treatments come motorization ready and can be incorporated into your existing home automation system!

At ResCom Designs we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide variety of zebra or dual shade options, both manual and motorized that can integrate into your home automation system. Take a look at our gallery for a sample of our selection of zebra or dual blinds.

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