Best Outdoor Bamboo Curtain For Your Space

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Bamboo is amazing for various reasons. As more people pay more attention to their carbon footprint and shift towards eco-friendly products, bamboo has topped the revolution from bamboo dinnerware sets to bamboo duvet covers. This article will look at another bamboo by-product - the best outdoor bamboo curtain.

Outdoor bamboo shades are perfect for bringing nature to your patio, gazebo, deck, garden and other exterior parts of your home. Bamboo shades come in various versatile options to provide aesthetics and enough privacy without blocking the light completely.

Why Outdoor Bamboo Shades?

Bamboo boasts many eco-friendly benefits, making it a great material for many things, including bamboo charcoal bags to keep your home fresh. Below are a few reasons why bamboo blinds, shades and curtains are great for your outdoor area.

1. Versatile

Outdoor bamboo shades are versatile to bring different aspects to your space. They offer protection from weather, privacy and shade during hot summers. In addition, natural bamboo blinds add comfort, warmth and coziness to a room, transforming your outdoors from shabby to elegant.

2. Cooling

Outdoor bamboo shades are cooling, making them great for use in hot weather. Natural bamboo is moisture-wicking and draws moisture away from the skin. In addition, bamboo blinds are cooler and hypoallergenic than materials like cotton.

3. Durable

Bamboo in its natural state is strong, tough and flexible, making it durable for shades and curtains. In addition, natural bamboo is waterproof and resistant to various weather conditions. In turn, this makes outdoor bamboo shades strong and weather resistant. Additionally, bamboo blinds and shades are mildew resistant.

4. Environmentally Friendly

Natural bamboo grows faster than hardwood trees. It's the fastest-growing plant, with certain species growing up to 35 inches a day. Unlike hardwood forests, a mature bamboo farm can be harvested every 3-4 years. This makes bamboo sustainable for use in making blinds and other products.

5. Low Maintenance

Finally, outdoor bamboo shades are low maintenance. Cleaning bamboo blinds is as easy as using a hose and leaving the shades to dry. In addition, you can dust and vacuum the blinds to keep them dust-free and clean.

Best Outdoor Bamboo Shades and Blinds

1. Radiance Cord-Free Roll-up Reed Shade

Radiance Cord Free, Roll-up Reed Shade, Cocoa, 72" W x...
  • ROLL-UP SHADE - Small gaps are normal & allow a soft glow. Each...
  • CORD FREE - We have replaced the cord with an innovative...
  • EASY - Installs with simple hooks. Cleaning is a breeze with a...
  • QUALITY - Suitable for both indoor & outdoor use. Please take...
  • BEST FOR KIDS - This shade has been certified as Best for Kids by...

Picture yourself sitting on your patio on a sunny day with a cold drink in hand and bamboo shades keeping you cool. The radiance roll-up outdoor bamboo shades are perfect for creating a cool and calm ambiance outdoors.

The bamboo shades have small gaps that allow natural light to penetrate rather than entirely block out the light. In addition, it is cordless, which means installation involves using a simple hook method. Finally, you can hang the natural shade at any place of your liking on the deck or patio.

Thanks to its natural reed style, the Radiance outdoor bamboo curtain brings the tropical weather straight to your backyard. This finish is not only functional but versatile, allowing you to use it for shade around the pool or spa area.


  • Easy to install
  • Cooling
  • Beautiful reed finish
  • Child safety compliant
  • Easy to clean with a hand duster or vacuum


  • Not weatherproof

2. Arlo Blinds Cordless Tuscan Bamboo Roman Shades

Arlo Blinds Cordless Tuscan Bamboo Roman Shades Light...
  • The measurement of each shade is 34 inch wide, not include the...
  • The innovative cordless lift system ensures safety and ease of...
  • Please note, this is not a privacy Bamboo blinds and is intended...
  • Feel free to ask any questions up front to ensure your window...
  • Note: Actual item may vary in color from computer...

Arlo bamboo blinds come in a range of colors to match your indoor and outdoor aesthetic. You can install them inside or outside the window to maintain shade and privacy. However, these bamboo blinds let in too much natural light hence not the best for use in bedrooms.

Unlike corded bamboo blinds, Arlo blinds incorporate a cordless lift system to ensure ease of use and safety for pets and children. Instead, you will need to lift the lower rail up or down to adjust the height.

These Arlo roman shades gently filter in sunlight gently and softly to ensure you have the perfect shade. While they can be used indoors and outdoors, it's advisable not to place the shades in a moist or damp environment, like a pool.


  • Available in various natural wood and neutral shades
  • Gently filters in natural light
  • Cordless lift system
  • Certified to use in homes with children and pets


  • Sometimes challenging to even out the bottom
  • Not for use in moist and damp environments
  • Do not offer complete privacy

3. ALEKO Light Brown Bamboo Roll Up Blinds

ALEKO BBL36X64BR Light Brown Bamboo Roman Wooden Roll...
  • ALEKO’s roll up Roman blinds are made out of beautiful bamboo;...
  • Blinds are made up of bamboo slats and a woven silk cord: pull...
  • The slats are opaque and adjustable, so you can find that perfect...
  • Natural wood design complements any room it’s hung in
  • Product dimensions: 36 x 64 Inches

Aleko roll-up bamboo blinds are perfect if you're looking for cleaner, safer and natural blind options. Unlike the usual plain plastic blinds, these light bamboo alternatives are sustainable and safe for the environment, kids and pets.

These roll-up light brown blinds design uses natural bamboo slats and a woven silk cord. You can pull the cord and roll up the slats to let in sunlight without being too harsh.

Another amazing thing about the Aleko bamboo blinds is the finish. The natural wood style complements your deck and patio, converting a "meh" space to a chic and rustic space. In addition, these blinds offer the perfect balance between privacy and light in a room or outdoors.


  • Natural wood design
  • Easy to install and use
  • Adjustable slats to offer a balance between sunlight and privacy
  • Add a tropical vibe to your space


  • Susceptible to mold growths
  • Complain of the lock system malfunction

4. Radiance Cordless Bamboo Roman Shade

Radiance 2216318E Cordless Bamboo Roman Shade, Cocoa
  • Actual blind width is 45. 5 in. -46 in. W x 64 in. L
  • Note: this blind is 0. 5 in. (1. 27 cm) narrower than the order...
  • Cordless interior roman shades lift and fold up easily and...
  • Designer tip: add additional depth and texture to a room by...
  • Actual item may vary in color from computer monitors/calibrations...

The Radiance cordless roman bamboo shades are a perfect addition to your outdoor space to provide comfort, coziness and privacy. These shades keep you cool and also protect your outdoor furniture from fading.

These shades seamlessly lift and fold to allow filtered light into your space. They're also great for privacy and provide shade from the sun.

These outdoor bamboo shades are also a good alternative if you're shopping for a type that can be used indoors. You can also layer the natural blind behind a curtain to add depth, texture and make a window look bigger than it is.


  • It comes in a beautiful cocoa shade
  • Super easy to lift and use
  • Allows light in while providing adequate privacy
  • Perfect for your patio


  • Do not come in custom sizes

5. Chicology Bamboo Blinds

CHICOLOGY Bamboo Blinds , Bamboo Shades , Roman Shades...
  • Roman Shade , Window treatments - Bamboo shades indoor
  • Wood Blinds - Roman blinds that can be used as porch blinds
  • Door Blinds , Window blinds cordless , French door blinds -...
  • Outdoor blinds for porch - Cordless shades and matchstick blinds
  • Shades and blinds for indoor windows - Cordless bamboo shade ,...

If you're hunting top deals for the best outdoor bamboo blinds, you might check out these Chicology Roman blinds. This bamboo window treatment can be used indoors and outdoors.

The Chicology bamboo blinds are designed with bamboo, yarn and metal. The cordless shades have a unique pattern that makes you feel like you're in a resort. In addition to the styles, these natural blind shades filter in the light you need in a room or on the patio without making it too dark.


  • Versatile
  • Cordless
  • Easy installation
  • It comes in beautiful shades
  • True to size


  • You can see through them

6. Seta Direct Cordless Bamboo Slat Roll Up Blind

Seta Direct, Brown Bamboo Slat Roll Up Blind with...
  • Brown bamboo flat slat with brown matchstick bamboo roll up blind
  • This blind has a non-woven fabric attached to the back of the...
  • Actual measurement: 91 cm wide x 183 cm long (36W x 72L inches)
  • Blind could be inside mount or outside mount on window frames...
  • Included hardware: 2 screw hooks and 1 blind cord safety cleat

The Seta Direct bamboo blinds are a great alternative if you're in search of natural blinds with fabric. These cordless roll-up blinds come with a fabric backing that helps provide a bit more privacy.

The fabric is also great for gently letting in the sunlight to a room or outdoor space. In addition to reducing glare, these bamboo blinds help maintain a cool and relaxing feel in a room when installed on the windows.

The Seta direct blinds are designed to be easy to use and safe for homes with children and pets. The roll-up mechanism requires you to pull the cord on the side to raise or lower the natural blind. In addition, you can use plastic clips and place them on bamboo slats to adjust the height.


  • The blind has a fabric lining
  • Keeps a room or space cool and relaxing
  • Available in various styles
  • Allows enough light to penetrate your patio, porch, or room
  • It comes with basic mounting hardware


  • Not a privacy screen

7. Passenger Pigeon Cordless Blackout Bamboo Window Shades

Radiance Cord Free, Roll-up Reed Shade, Cocoa, 72" W x...
  • ROLL-UP SHADE - Small gaps are normal & allow a soft glow. Each...
  • CORD FREE - We have replaced the cord with an innovative...
  • EASY - Installs with simple hooks. Cleaning is a breeze with a...
  • QUALITY - Suitable for both indoor & outdoor use. Please take...
  • BEST FOR KIDS - This shade has been certified as Best for Kids by...

Our last entry in the best outdoor bamboo curtain is this cordless model from Passenger pigeon. These outdoor bamboo shades come in various styles, from dark brown to off-white and other natural shades. You can also get the shades in gold or two-tone version to match your outdoor spaces aesthetic.

Passenger Pigeon bamboo window shades come with a liner that helps block most light. However, you can choose to get one without a liner if you want some light on your patio or porch. Additionally, you can use these shades indoors in the family room or other outdoor spaces.

Unlike other bamboo shades we have seen in the review, Passenger pigeon allows you to customize shades sizes to match the size of your door or window frame. You can also opt to have the cord on the left or right side to raise or lower the shades.


  • It comes in unique patterns
  • Some have a liner
  • Customizable sizes
  • Perfect light filtration


  • Do not offer maximum privacy
  • Complains of mildew growth
  • Flimsy hardware

How to Clean Outdoor Bamboo Shades

i). Dusting

Regularly dusting outdoor bamboo blinds and shades help maintain a new-like appearance. In addition, it helps keep the air clean from dust particles settled in between the bamboo slats.

ii). Vacuuming

Vacuuming outdoor bamboo shades is great when deeper cleaning. You want to vacuum with a brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner gently. In addition, you can clean most shades using a vertical stroke.

If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, you can use a hairdryer in a non-heat setting or compressed air to dust off the blinds. Use these to blow dust from window coverings.

iii). Spot-cleaning

To spot-clean outdoor shades and blinds, you can use a soft cloth or sponge dipped in lukewarm water. Alternatively, you can choose to add a mild detergent. However, you need to be careful when blotting to avoid damaging or creasing the fabric attached to the blinds.

Since rubbing can be dangerous to the bamboo slats, it's advisable to be super gentle when spot-cleaning.

iv). Stain-finished bamboo blinds

It would be best not to clean with water for satin-finished bamboo blinds to avoid damaging the stained surface. For this reason, you can use a wood preservative or lemon oil to keep the slats clean.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are bamboo curtains waterproof?

Outdoor bamboo shades are waterproof. This is because bamboo naturally grows in tropical and wet environments. Therefore, there's no need to worry about a little rain damaging your outdoor blinds.

However, keep in mind that not all bamboo species are waterproof. Before shopping, you can ask the manufacturer if you are specific about the water resistance.

2. Are bamboo blinds good for the outdoors?

Bamboo blinds are good for use outdoors on a deck, patio, porch, or around the pool. This is because bamboo is waterproof and durable, hence lasts longer than other materials used to make blinds.

Bamboo shades help reduce heat reaching outdoor spaces and keep an area or a room cool. Depending on the design, you will find some shades that provide privacy. In addition, they offer a relaxing and aesthetic feel and look to a space.

3. Can you waterproof bamboo shades?

You cannot waterproof bamboo shades. Therefore, when shopping, look for brands that offer waterproof outdoor bamboo shades, like the ones in our review.

4. How do you install outdoor bamboo shades?

Installing an outdoor bamboo curtain is super easy. Most manufacturers will include mounting hardware and installation instructions. If you're still unsure about the installation, you can see how-to here.

5. Can you paint bamboo shades?

While it's not odd to paint bamboo shades to match your home's aesthetic, this is not recommended. When rolling up and down the shades, the retraction and unfurling can cause the paint to chip.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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