Pros and Cons of Combi Shades (aka Zebra Shade or Banded Shades)

The versatile combi shades (aka zebra shades or banded shades) have exploded in popularity. This post examines why they are so popular, what are the functional and design benefits, and the ideal window applications for this category of product.

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When Trendy Blinds first established in 2012, Combi shades (or zebra shades or banded shades) were virtually unknown in the Canadian market.  Initially invented in South Korea, Combi shades popularity spread throughout Asia and then Europe before arriving in North America.

At that time, we spent a lot of our sales process in demonstrating the Combi shades and explaining how it will look and work on our customers’ windows.

Nowadays we get more people coming in knowing that they want these shades and wanting to quickly talk about price.  However, we feel that even today many customers are still not well informed or mis-informed about these shades, resulting in window decor results that does not match their initial expectations.  With the exploding popularity of this category of window shades, there are now wide range of product choices in terms of quality, pricing, styling and functional and technical details in the market.  Knowing the details and understanding the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi shades and other similar products from other manufacturers, will help you as a homeowner make the right choices for your windows.


Key Benefits of Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) Relatively Flat surface like a roller shade but with 3 main settings — Open, Closed, and Up — versus 2 main settings for roller shades (Up and Down);

2) Lots of fabric finish options for both light filtering and room darkening fabrics.  Can easily coordinate with other room furnishings and finishes including drapery and upholstery.

3) Lightweight so easy to lift large shades.  Easier to lift means that the shades will be used more frequently thus maximizing the benefits of having this shade;

4) Full day-time privacy in Open setting due to sheer layer — you can see out while people outside cannot see in.  (In comparison: open shutter louvers or horizontal blinds slats does not provide privacy.  They must be closed for privacy).

5) Fabrics are anti-static so does not collect dust — no cleaning required!


Limitations to Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) More then half the view is blocked in Open setting.  For more outside views, one needs to roll up the shade;

2) Limited ability to self-clean if get stained (this is true for all soft window shades.)  Thus need to get professional cleaning service.

3) Room darkening fabrics are not fully blackout.


What’s the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi Shades vs. other Zebra Shades?

Trendy Blinds work in partnership with the South Korea manufacturer who invented the Combi Shades and owned the original patent.  We continue to source only the highest quality fabrics and components from South Korea.



– Environmentally friendly – no VOC – safe for kid rooms.

– Banding sizes are very consistent (within + or – 1/16th of an inch).  We can specify SIDE-BY-SIDE – so multiple shades on wall-to-wall windows will have bands that line up.

– fabrics are highly uniform in colour and texture.  Lower quality fabrics from China and elsewhere have blotches and uneven threading patterns.



– Headrail, bottom bar, end caps, cords and safety handles are available in a wide range of colours to coordinate with shade fabric.

– All metal parts except for screws and brackets are made of aluminium – lightweight and will not rust.

– Square, Curved and even Round (for our deluxe line) headrail shapes are available.

– Option for no fabric for headrail valance for a more modern look.

– We use channel tubes, which are stronger so no bowing in the middle of the shades.  Bowing causes excess waviness of the shade.



Fabrics are mechanically attached to the tube through a slot channel in the tube.  The cheaper method is just adhesive tape to stick fabric to tube surface.  What this means for the product is:

a) Fabric shade will unlikely disconnect from the hardware and fall down.

b) Allows us to do “Close when down” setting.  “Closed when down” means that when the shade is rolled down to the bottom of the window, the Combi shade is in a closed position.  This is particularly important for Room Darkening applications.

c) We always provide more fabric for the height so that the tube will not be exposed and visible to users.


To learn more visit our showrooms or contact us today 905-604-1222.


We Moved!

We Moved to Bigger Location to Serve you Better!

New Richmond Hill Showroom/ Office/ Workroom

55 West Beaver Creek Rd, Unit 34, Richmond Hill, L4B 1K4

Our Markham showroom has now relocated to our new, larger Richmond Hill showroom/ office/ workroom/ innovation lab.  Visits will be by appointment only.  Call 905-604-1222 ext. 1

We also have an online showroom for our popular shades and blinds, accessible 24 hours 7 days a week.  Shop online:

Finally, our Main Showroom is at Improve Canada, 7250 Keele Street, Unit 200 & 201, Concord, Ontario L4K 1Z8
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5pm.  Call 905-604-1222 ext. 2



Happy Holidays!

We will be closed from Sunday December 23rd, 2018 to Friday January 4th, 2019

We will re-open to normal hours on Saturday January 5th, 2019.

If you need to reach us, send email to or call 905-604-1222.  We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Don’t invite strangers to your home – visit the showroom first!

Get to know Trendy Blinds & Closet by visiting one of our 2 showrooms in the GTA!


With over 1000 home invasions in the Greater Toronto Area annually, why take the risk to invite some unknown home improvement vendor to your home for a “FREE” consultation.  Unfortunately, some of these FREE home consultation vendors are not legitimate and are just scouting your home in advance for items to steal.  Or at best, they are in the business for the short-term, quick cash.  No sustainable business can give FREE home consultation to everyone that asks without first qualifying the prospects.

We at Trendy Blinds & Closets understand that any home improvement project involves some amount of financial preparation, and the selections you make and the vendor you choose will impact the project results that you will have to live with for a long time.  Therefore we invested in 2 showrooms for you to see, touch and operate the products, talk to experts, and get comfortable with us as a legitimate vendor to meet your needs before we come to your home.

As a incentive to visit our showroom, from now till the end of the year, when you come in to one of our showrooms, fill up the contact form, and mention this blog posting, you will get a $50 Gift Card.  So visit us today!  Locations and hours can be found on our website here:


TrendyClosets – custom quality, fit and style for less!

As you may or may not know, for the past 3 years we have rapidly grown our custom closet side of the business with both contractors and end homeowners.  Our service includes:

  • 3D Closet Design;
  • Organizing consultation;
  • Creating closet spaces including building new drywall, doors, paint and patch, demolition and disposal of old closets;
  • Installing new closet organizers and custom cabinetry;
  • Creating bench-seating;
  • Building island storage and countertops.

Visit Our Showroom today to discuss your closet organizing needs!,

We Won Again! Best of Houzz 2018


Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2018 Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The innovative trendsetting window covering retailer was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


We are excited to win this prestigious award 2 years in a row. Special thanks to our customers who are smart, savvy shoppers, who understand the value of service when it comes to purchasing custom window coverings for their homes.


“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”


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About Trendy Blinds Inc.

Transform the look of your windows and organize your space with Trendy Blinds and Closets: Trendy Blinds offer blinds, draperies, curtains, shades and shutters in global trendsetting designs at factory direct prices, with exclusive products and styles. Trendy Closets offers reconfigurable modular closet systems customized to fit any space.

Two showrooms in the Greater Toronto Area to serve you:


Markham Langham Square Showroom:
30 South Unionville Ave, Unit 1021, Markham, L3R 5M3
IMPROVE Canada Showroom:
7250 Keele St, Suites 200 & 201, Vaughan, L4K 1Z8

Phone: 905-604-1222


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

Holiday Hours

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!!

CALL: 905-604-1222 ext 4


(CALL: 905-604-1222 ext 4)


Markham Showroom

Langham Square, #1021 – 30 South Unionville Ave, Markham, L3R 5M3


Vaughan Showroom

IMPROVE Canada, #200 & 201, 7250 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON L4K 1Z8



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