The ultimate way to tell if you’re looking at pleated shades is by looking at it from the side. The fold of the materials is nearly the same as that of an accordion. When the wire that runs through the tones vertically is pulled, the zigzags fold up compactly to the required height. (Unless choosing a method of cordless pleated tone; then the tones are raised yourself.) Pleated tones work best in rooms in which a good amount of privacy is desired but the total loss of natural light is not. Most pleated shades are made up of a light filtering fabric that helps create an environment of smooth diffuse light. This maintains the room from feeling too dark or ‘shut faraway from the world’.