I trained as a carpenter more years ago than I care to remember! And for the last 12 years have worked, and continue to work, at a high-end, prominent blind and curtain manufacturer.

I live in Hayle with my wife and two children and we regularly travel in our Bongo van. It was only when I was looking for blinds to fit the van that I realised there was nothing really appealing on the market.


So out of necessity really I designed and made my first set of blinds for the family van, after which many friends asked for sets encouraing me to start my own business.

Satisfied the product has been truly tried and tested, the company name SWELL SHADES was born and I get to embark on an exciting time. Not only for me but for my family too.

I'm always keen to hear thoughts and suggestions so please feel free to email me if you have comments you'd like to share.


Meanwhile, happy times.



Dave Penhaligon - Swellshades. Van blackout blinds.

Dave Penhaligon - Owner of Swell Shades