balloon shade


: a decorative window shade in which the fabric at the bottom of the shade drapes in loose, puffy scallops because two or more points across its width are held higher than the rest of the bottom edge

Note: In a typical balloon shade, the fabric on the lower part of the shade hangs from several tiers of points stacked one above the other, giving an effect of layered scallops.

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balloon shade was in 1960

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“Balloon shade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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