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About Matchstick Shades

Feb 9 2011

Most people know matchstick shades by their more popular names – bamboo shades or woven wood blinds. They are one and the same thing. Matchstick blinds are basically woven wood blinds that give a room a South Pacific or tropical feel. They are the perfect accent piece for any room, apartment or guesthouse. Because of the natural quality to the blinds, each window treatment is slightly different although color matches will stay the same. 

Woven wood shades are available in many different colors and patterns. The line I prefer is the Tavarua line of bamboo shades, blinds and drapery. They offer a wide selection of textures and colors, so matching these window treatments to existing wood furniture or flooring is a cinch.

Included in the Tavarua line of window treatments are: Tavarua Basics Bamboo Shades, Tavarua Woven Wood Shades, Exotic Woven Wood Shades, Designer Woven Wood Shades, Sunscreen Bamboo Roller shades, Bamboo Drapery and Bamboo Sliding Panels. Because there are so many options of styles, you could use a different version for every room of the house and not double up. It’s a great way to keep a consistent theme in the home without duplications.

Because these window treatments are woven, it means that light and air can pass through, although light is filtered. Some versions maintain views outside and for these, many believe a privacy liner is a must. Privacy liners are also known as blackout liners. These shades add a layer of insulation on cooler days and ensure complete in-home privacy.

The greatest interest in these shades comes from the warmer states where they fight the heat of the sun more than winter’s cold. The ability to feel a breeze while cutting the sun’s glare is a huge benefit to a lot of people. I also recommend edge bindings for any type of matchstick blind because this will prevent the ends from splitting or chipping.

As previously mentioned, the color selection is extensive. To give you a feel for what to expect, here are a few options: Borneo Dappled, Bora Bora Natural, Baja Sand, Aspen Walnut, Sumatra Espresso. Tavarua matchstick blinds come standard with color-coordinated cords and tassels and a matching 6-inch valance. These window treatments were created with a roman fold style lift so when they are open the effect is of a waterfall. When closed, you get a simple, clean line of bamboo.

For those who like some amount of privacy no matter what the weather holds, the top down, bottom up options would be a great choice for you. You determine how much open window space you want and how much privacy.

Tavarua blinds are available on-line and can be shipped directly to your door. Be sure to find a trusted and reliable on-line dealer. Oftentimes special discounts can be had with ½ off privacy liners, a 30% discount and more.


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Who is covered:
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  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

What is not covered:
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Love
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the window coverings and wish to return, please notify us within 30 days of receiving the order. Our customer care department will provide a Return Authorization Number (RGA) and shipping address to return the product. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Refunds will be processed 2-3 business days after receiving the items (Guaranteed to Love fee is not refundable).

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.