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Pleated shades are great for bathrooms. Their need for a high level of privacy means bathrooms often suffer from a lack of natural light, becoming dark and dreary places. Pleated shades made of sheer or semi-private materials offer the ability to allow just enough light while providing a sense of security. This is especially true when it comes to pleated shades with the ‘top down' feature. These shades can be drawn from the top of the window to a comfortable height in order to allow a good amount of natural light in while prohibiting any outside views. Pleated shades can also come in handy in nurseries. The light diffusing properties make it not too light and not too dark for small children. Nurseries (and homes with small children and/or pets in general) can also benefit from the level of safety provided by cordless pleated shades. Shades that require no cord and are drawn by hand make cord safety a non-issue.