Everything you will ever need to know about Roller Blinds
Roller Blinds can dramatically change the look and feel of a room whether it is at home or in the office. They are minimal and contemporary looking, they leave the whole space of your window clear when open and they come in many different fabrics, colours and patterns, they can even be a blackout blind. Roller Blinds use a minimal amount of fabric which lies flat against the window when closed and they let a maximum amount of light into a room when they are open as the blind rolls up into your window recess, not covering any of the window frame like other blinds can do.
What are roller blinds?
A Roller Blind is a piece of fabric which wraps around a cylinder casing which fits into the top of your window frame and the casing can fit within or outside of your window recess. A Roller Blind is one whole piece of fabric that rolls up and down covering your entire window by a pull cord or side chain mechanism attached to the blind casing. Roller Blinds are a neat, contemporary and understated window dressing that can be used in any room in your home or business, including kitchens and bathrooms.
What are roller blinds made of?
Roller Blinds come in many different types of fabric, colours and patterns and can be tailor-made to your colour scheme and style of room. They can be made from easy-wipe, moisture proof, thermal and blackout material, creating a made to measure roller blind that’s perfectly suited to your space. Roller Blinds can also be fringed, tasselled, sequined and scalloped if you want to go for a really individual look. Avoid scrimping on cheap off the shelf Roller Blinds that aren’t made to measure as they won’t fit your window opening well and you will end up with gaps at the side that let the light in, the material will likely fade and or be thin and let the daylight in, and the pulleys tend to jam and tangle.
How do you open and close Roller Blinds?
Older Roller blinds are operated by a pull cord, however, newer Roller Blinds are opened and closed using a side chain mechanism attached to the blind casing which has a safety release feature so children are unable to harm themselves and get caught up in the pull cord mechanism.
What material do roller blinds come in?
There are hundreds of different fabrics available for Roller Blinds so you really can make them look an integral part of your room, decor and style.
When choosing your fabric you firstly need to decide how much light you want to come into the room. Do you want as much light as possible, or do you need your room to be as dark as possible?
Standard Fabric: These are the most common fabrics available. There are a huge range of colours and designs available for you to choose from and are an ideal choice if you want to keep your room bright but still have a level of privacy. Before you decide on your fabric always hold the sample up to a window to see how much light actually shines through.
Dimout Fabric: This type of fabric is also known as Energy Saving Fabric or Thermal Fabric. It is a fabric with a silver reflective coating added to the back that will reduce the glare compared to a standard fabric. The reflective coating works really well to reduce heat from windows and in conservatories where there is a lot of direct sunlight. They are also a sensible option for rooms with TVs and computer screens as the suns glare can often be a problem. This fabric still allows some light to enter the room.
Blackout Fabrics: A blackout fabric reduces the light from entering the room and are mainly used for bedrooms so you get no light coming through the fabric itself in the mornings. Be aware though you will still get some light from the gaps at the sides, however, made to measure blinds will minimise this and will be only millimetres.
Waterproof Fabrics: Waterproof fabrics are made of a PVC type material and they are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms where there tends to be more moisture and the possibility of splashes marking the blinds. They are really easy to wipe clean, keeping them looking fresh and new for a whole lot longer than standard fabric. They can also come in blackout fabrics so are a good option for children’s bedrooms too.
Pollergen Fabrics: If you or your family suffer from hay-fever then these special fabrics reduce the effects of pollen during the summer months and are specially treated to do this.
What colours do roller blinds come in?
You name the colour and you will be able to get a made to measure Roller Blind to fit your decor and style. They are also great blinds for patterned fabrics as they lie flat against the window showing off the complete pattern, making them a real statement in your room.
Can you buy off the shelf roller blinds?
You can buy off the shelf roller blinds, however, there are disadvantages to doing this:
- You won’t often find an off the shelf Roller Blind that fits your window perfectly
- The fabric quality is not always as good
- You won’t get the choice in colours and patterns as you will from a made to measure blind
- You won’t get the choice of fabric to suit the room it is being fitted in and the use it will get
- You will have to fit it yourself which can end in disaster. Using a well known and reputable blind company to have your blinds made should include a free fitting service too, taking away the stress and hassle of fitting a blind that may not fit your window perfectly anyway
What are the benefits of made to measure rollers blinds?
- They come in many different fabric types so you can have them made according to which room in your home or business they are being fitted
- The choice of fabric finish is endless
- The choice of colours is endless
- The choice of patterns is endless
- They will fit your window perfectly leaving just a tiny gap at the side for light to enter the room
- When open they will let the maximum amount of light into your room leaving your window completely free of fabric which makes your room look modern and contemporary
- They are good for displaying a pattern because they hold the fabric flat against your window or door
- They are a modern, contemporary and classic window covering
- They are safe due to the safety side cord mechanism fitted
- They can be electric and automated
- The pulley chains can be made in many different materials
- You can have fringes, tassels, sequins and scallops incorporated into your made to measure blind
- They work really well fitted inside and outside of a window recess
Where do roller blinds look best?
Roller Blinds are a modern, classic blind that can look good and function well in any room whether it be a kitchen or bathroom that is prone to more moisture or splashes, a lounge or dining room in a plain or patterned fabric to suit your decor, a bedroom to keep in warmth and keep out sunlight and an office where you want to reduce the glare from sunlight on computer screens.
How much are roller blinds?
The cost of Roller Blinds will really depend on the type and quality of material you go for and the size of your window. Made to measure blinds can be anything from £25 for a small window and will go upwards in price depending on the size and material used. Always use a reputable blind company that has a big range of fabrics, colours and styles to choose from and one which includes a free fitting service. Their fitters will be fully trained to come in and fit your blind with minimal mess and hassle as they have the right tools and equipment to safely and securely fit your blind. A good blind company will always give you a blind guarantee with their made to measure blind so you know if you have any problems down the line you just need to call them.
About Deal Direct
If you are looking for a professional and reputable blind company with a huge selection of blinds and fabrics in the North East then Deal Direct Blinds is for you. We are a family owned and run business with over 30 years experience in the blind industry, and are recognised as the premiere blind company supplying an outstanding and bespoke service to homes and businesses in the North East. We offer a free consultation service where we can help you understand the best window fitting option for you with thousands of fabric samples available to inspire you in our supersize showroom. When you have chosen your design our free fitting service takes away the stress and hassle of fitting for you and you can sit back and relax whilst we fit and clear up afterwards. We also offer a blind maintenance service which will keep your blinds in tip-top condition for many years to come.
Deal Direct Roller Blinds
Our roller blinds are simple in design, stylish and easy to operate by simply rolling up or down to achieve the required level of shading for you. Our roller blind collection is an exciting mix of fabrics specially selected to complement and coordinate with any room in the home or business.
Whether you want a modern design for your living room, a blackout fabric for your bedroom or a water resistant print for the bathroom, all our roller blinds are individually manufactured to your unique specification. You can also add those finishing touches such as decorative scallops, braids, pulls, poles and eyelets to personalise your choice and coordinate with your interior design scheme.
Our Roller Blind Features:
- Stunning roller blind fabric designs
- A tremendous collection of colours
- Translucent fabrics to gently filter the sunshine
- Blackout fabrics to gently filter the sunshine
- Energy saving roller blind fabrics
If you are looking for inspiration or you actually know what you want then Deal Direct Blinds can help. Give us a call on 0191 233 0818 and one of our expert team will be happy to help or come and visit us in our supersize showroom to pick your Roller Blind design.
Unit 4 Saltmeadows Road
Tyne & Wear
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