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About the Shade Shop

Transforming home and businesses like yours for 100 years and counting!


The Shade Shop opened its doors in 1918 in downtown Houston with the simple philosophy of providing high-quality roller shades and venetian blinds with exceptional customer service.

Larry Sams, current owner of The Shade Shop and grandson of the original owner, began visiting his grandfather’s store on weekends as a toddler. He entertained the seamstress in the workroom with his childish antics and watched as she turned simple fabric into handcrafted roller shades. Little did he know that he would one day own The Shade Shop and watch his own children grow from toddlers playing in the workroom into three of its integral employees.

As a teenager, Larry became his grandfather’s helper at The Shade Shop, helping around the shop and at installation sites. After getting his business degree at The University of Houston, Larry purchased The Shade Shop in 1986 with a determination to uphold his grandfather’s principle of offering only the finest quality products and world-class customer service.



Under Larry’s ownership, The Shade Shop has drastically expanded its offerings beyond the simple roller shades and venetian blinds of yesteryear. The Shade Shop now offers an expansive selection of custom window treatments, such as plantation shutters, woven shades, draperies, Roman shades, motorized shades, and more. Over the last few decades, the company has also expanded into the outdoor shading world with great success, selling motorized patio screens, retractable awnings, louvered pergolas, and beyond.

While The Shade Shop’s offerings have expanded, the unwavering commitment to quality remains. Larry thoroughly investigates each product line not only for its beauty, but also for its functionality and durability, and refuses to offer any product that does not meet his exacting standards.

As a thriving family-owned business, The Shade Shop has grown to over 20 employees, many of whom have been with the company for decades. Larry’s son and two daughters have since joined him in the business, with his son doing installation work and his daughters handling managerial, accounting, and marketing functions.



Located inside Houston’s 610 loop on Richmond Ave. near Weslayan St., The Shade Shop proudly serves residential and commercial customers in Houston, including the following areas: Bellaire, Memorial, West University, River Oaks, Tanglewood, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Spring, Montgomery, Conroe, and more.

The Shade Shop’s showroom is a stunningly renovated 6,000 square ft. building where homeowners, interior designers, architects, builders, and commercial customers can come see the expansive product offerings on display.

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Client Testimonials

Larry and his team at The Shade Shop are one of my best vendors in Houston. I would highly recommend them!

Meg Lonergan Interiors

As architects, we thoroughly enjoy working with the Shade Shop. Larry and his team are so skilled and knowledgeable with all things solar. From roller shades, draperies, exterior shading, shutters, you name it!

Dillon Kyle Architects

We are extremely pleased with the window treatments that were made & installed by the Shade Shop. We did soft, timeless Roman shades and curtains, which are the quality you'd expect in a high-end hotel. Everyone on the staff was responsive and professional, and the quality of both the products and installation was top-notch.

Nathan Hoot

Moving to Houston and into a renovated house, I had a major blind/shutter job on my hands. There are so many companies out there and my goal was to balance quality, aesthetics, and price. I assumed a local shop wouldn’t be competitive with a major chain, but I was (happily!) very wrong. I found exactly the look and quality I wanted, for a reasonable price, and with unbelievable service. Nothing beats being able to take your time to review options, try out swatches at home, and then feel like you’re getting personalized care through the ordering and installation process. I highly recommend that you go straight to the Shade Shop!

Johnna Gluth

As a member of the design community I have depended on The Shade Shop for more than twenty years. Their professionalism and product quality never disappoint.

David Brantley

Highly recommended! The entire process was flawless. Everyone was easy to work with, great products, great installers, and great customer service. There's no other place to go for window treatments. We love our motorized shades. They are beautiful to look at and they work perfectly.

Brian Davis

We purchased the motorized roll-up shades for our outdoor patio area. Love, love, LOVE them! We also purchased fantastic quality plantation shutters for our windows. What can I say? I love them as well. VERY HAPPY with both purchases. I would highly recommend "The Shade Shop, Inc." In fact, I just recommended them to our daughter!

Minnie Acevedo

Shade Shop is a first class business. We had such a wonderful experience working with the staff from start to finish for our shades. They were very prompt and professional and communicated with us every step of the way. We couldn't be happier with our new shades!!! I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone in the market!!!

Liba Stern

Would recommend this team to anyone looking for professional drapery services. They have shown great customer attention and executed the project flawlessly, with excellent quality. Thank you guys!

Richard Parker

Wonderful folks work here and are very responsive! Very professional, can't say enough good things about them.

Carolyn Boyle

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Our Easy Process

Start by choosing your window treatment or outdoor shading solution from our vast selection and finish with our professional installation

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