Pleated Shades

fits-any-rv-bugPleated Shades are offered in Day, Day/Night and Night fabric options.
Pleated Day Shades are manufactured with a sheer or see-through type of fabric, which provides light and shade at the same time. Day Only shades would be used in applications where total privacy is not the primary function i.e., sun rooms, vans, etc. Depending on the fabric, there are varying degrees of transparency with this type of shade.

Pleated Day/Night Shades offer the best of both worlds, actually two shades in one. A night fabric will pull all the way down for privacy, or, it can be moved all the way to the top, exposing a full length day shade. Either one can be set in any position for maximum flexibility. Day/Night shades are very popular in a variety of applications including residential, RV, commercial and marine. They also allow for various decor opportunities, as the two different fabrics can be different colors and hues if desired.

Pleated Night Shades provide total privacy when extended to the full down position. A variety of fabric types are available including Stitchbond and others. For those who desire maximum privacy, a blackout liner can be applied to the backside of the fabric. This eliminates nearly all light infiltration. Night Only shades are excellent in a variety of applications, including residential, RV, commercial and marine.


Day Fabrics




Night Fabrics


Ash Gray
Dark Taupe



Laminated Stone


Style Choices Manual – Pull Cord or EZ Lift
Pleat Size Choices 5/8˝ or 1˝
Bottom Rail Option Fingertip Lift
Square Rail
Blackout Option 1 Stone for Night Shade
Blackout Option 2 Upgrade to add an additional blackout layer
Header Rail Color Options Yes
Length Range X
Width Range X
Window Measuring Diagram


  1. Determine if the shade or blind will mount outside the window frame onto the wall (Outside Mount) or if the shade or blind will be mounted inside the window frame (Inside Mount).
    Note: Most RV windows are Outside Mount.
  2. Outside Mount — Measure the width (across) of the area to be covered. Example: End of frame to end of frame plus 2” added for additional coverage. Inside Mount: Measure the exact opening size. The factory will make any necessary adjustments from your exact measurements to allow for inside clearance and ease of operation.
  3. Measure the length (drop) of area to be covered. Example: Top of frame to bottom of frame with an additional 2” for mounting above and below window.

United Shade will manufacture exactly the size you order. Take precautions with your measurements so entire window area is covered and allowances are made to assure a custom fit. If draperies or valances are already installed be sure your measurement for width allows the shade or blind to fit under the current window treatment.

Inside Mount Measuring Instructions

Inside mount shades and blinds are installed inside the window casing.

  • Measure the exact insdie width of the window casing from left to right inside edge.
  • Measure the exact inside height of the window casing form top to bottom inside edge.
  • Do NOT take any deductions. Allowances are made at the factory to ensure fit.


Outside Mount Measuring Instructions

Outside mount shades and blinds are installed outside the window casing. The shade or blind will cover an area larger than the window itself.

  • Measure the exact width to be covered. Allow enough extra coverage to ensure proper light control and privacy
  • Measure the exact height to be covered. Allow for proper coverage.


  1. Install mounting brackets at top of window frame. Mount approximately 3″ in from the corner of the window. If you are using the Quick Install option, no brackets are necessary. Simply places screws directly through top rail into the predetermined holes. On shades 40” or wider use 3 mounting brackets, one in the center.
  2. Install headrail into mounting brackets by tilting front of the headrail in up position. Slide the hook of the mounting brackets into groove of the headrail. Then, push back of the headrail up until it snaps into the bracket. Quick Install option will skip this step.
  3. Allow the shade to hang down until the end of the cord retainer meets the bottom of the rail.
    Place the screw through the cord retainer and mount it directly below the bottom rail about ½” below the rail. This will create the proper tension to needed to properly operate the shade. The tension should be tight.
  4. If needed, adjust the tension by pulling on the cord string and re-tie the cord retainer.

Shades should be kept in the closed or up position when not in use, to maintain pleat retention and minimize dirt and soil build-up. Do not store shades in the down position. This may cause some loss of pleat retention if the shades are not operated on a consistent basis.

Shades can be easily cared for by simply dusting or using a vacuum cleaner attachment. Do not use spot remover, household cleaners or detergents to remove soiled spots,a s these may cause damage to fabric or loss of color from fading.

NOTE: If your recreational vehicle must be stored for an extended period of time, store shades in the up position and cover your windows with additional protection (I.E. Cut out cardboard).


Custom Aluminum Railed & PVC Railed Pleated Night and D/N Shades,

Pleated Doors, Pleated Windshield Wraps and 1” Aluminum Mini Blinds


Many Shade, Door, Wrap and Blind problems can be fixed in the field.  The first step should always be to call our United Shade Technical Support Team (574-262-0954).

  • If the problem cannot be fixed via telephone or email support and the product needs to be returned, you must get a Return Goods Authorization Number (RGA).  Your United Shade Technical Support Member will allocate RGA and shipping instructions will be provided.
  • Once an RGA number has been assigned, please have items ready for pickup.  All returns must be contained in the same type of condition that it was delivered in order to be eligible for full warranty.  Package the shades and blinds in the closed (up) position with cords secured around the head rail.  Secure the item in the closed position with shrink wrap.   Package doors and wraps in the closed position with shrink wrap.  Do not use adhesive tape to wrap up any of our products.  Shipping boxes must be secured with ‘V-Board’ to reinforce box corners.
  • United Shade has the right to refuse any return sent without an RGA. If product defect differs from original defect description, customer could be subject to additional shipping & handling charges.
  • Any damage due to improper installation, misuse or negligence will not be warranted.
  • WARRANTY ON PLEATED SHADES, DOORS, WRAPS AND MINI BLINDS IS REPLACEMENT OF SHADE.  Labor and freight reimbursement will be field determined after repair assessment is made.

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