Custom Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are made from a single piece of material folded into an accordion-like pattern.

They operate like Venetian blinds, raising and lowering via an attached cord or motorized mechanism.

They look fabulous from any angle, from inside the window and from outside.
Some pleated shades have a cellular or honeycomb structure, which insulates against heat and cold weather.

With so many fabric colors, patterns, and materials available, we can match your shades to any decor. 

pleated shades blocking sunlight on big windows

Pleated Shades Vs. Standard Blinds


  • Pleated shades are made from fabric folded into crisp, pleated layers, which create a distinctive and stylish textured look.
  • Standard blinds, such as Venetian or vertical blinds, are typically made of horizontal or vertical slats (e.g., metal, wood, or plastic) that you can adjust to control light and privacy. They don’t have the folded fabric design of pleated shades.


  • Pleated shades have a soft, contemporary, and sophisticated look. They’re often favored for modern interior designs.
  • Standard blinds have a more traditional and functional appearance, although they also work well in modern interiors.

Stack Height

  • Pleated shades have a compact stack height when fully raised, meaning the folded fabric takes up little space at the top of the window.
  • Standard blinds have varying stack heights depending on the type and size of the slats. Some types may partially obstruct your view when raised.


  • Pleated shades offer excellent insulation, almost like drapes. Some have cellular or honeycomb structures, trapping air pockets that reduce heat transfer through the window.
  • Standard blinds are made from wood, vinyl, or metal and can’t provide the same level of insulation as pleated shades


  • Pleated shades are highly customizable: fabric, pattern, shape, pleat size, control mechanism (corded, cordless, or motorized), and more.
  • Standard blinds offer fewer customization options and can’t be shaped as easily.

Confused by all the options? Don’t be. Talk to us about your needs and wants. Even better, drop by our Los Angeles showroom to see and test the different types and styles of pleated shades we can install in your home.


Windows with white peated shades.

Our Pleated Shades Gallery

Customizing Your Pleated Shades

  • Size and Fit: We guarantee a precise fit and will send a technician to your home to measure your windows exactly.
  • Color and Design: Select a color or pattern that complements your room’s decor and aesthetics.
  • Material and Opacity: Choose from sheer fabrics, light-filtering fabrics, and blackout fabrics. Add a backing for extra darkening and insulation.
  • Operating Mechanisms: We offer corded, cordless, and motorized control mechanisms.
  • Accessories: Add a valance to your blinds for extra style points!

Motorizing Your Pleated Shades

At Aero Shade, we use quality Lutron® and Somfy® systems for motorization.

  • Control your shades from a light switch, a remote control, or an app.
  • Operate your shades with Alexa, Google Home, or Siri.
  • Set your shades to open and close automatically at certain times of the day.
  • Easily control shades in hard-to-reach places.
  • Make your home safer for children and pets.
Top down/bottom up pleated shades in a showroom.

Installation & Follow-up: What to Expect

  • Our sales staff will make an appointment to install your blinds.
  • Our installers will install your shades to the highest standards and show you how to operate and maintain them.
  • We view our relationship with you as permanent. If ever you experience a problem with your blinds, we’ll do our utmost to repair them.
A man measuring window blinds with a tape measure.

Why Choose Aero Shade?

  • We specialize in window treatments and can deliver the best possible results for your home or office.
  • We've been in business since 1947.
  • We're family-owned and 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Our window treatments for luxury homes have been featured in lifestyle and design magazines.
  • We've installed blinds and shades for USC, UCLA, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and several Fortune 500 corporations.
  • Our prices are reasonable. All estimates are free.
  • We're an authorized dealer of the high-quality Hunter Douglas and Lutron brands.
  • Our customer relationship continues after the installation. If you ever have a problem with an Aero Shade window treatment, we'll do our best to fix it.