Roller blinds

Roller blinds, or Holland blinds as some may know them, have been around for longer than anyone who is reading this will have been alive. For some, they may bring back memories of the daggy old things on classroom windows, or the hazardous spring-loaded ones that if released too quickly could shoot up and wack you in the face on the way past. Not any more. Roller blinds are now the choice of many with an enormous amount of options available within this category and all done in a cost effective way.

Fabrics

The fabrics used for roller blinds fall into three main categories which all come in a wide range of colours and patterns That can easily be coordinated with your other blinds, curtains, colours and furnishings throughout the rest of the home/business place.

Blockouts

These will give you the maximum amount of privacy. You cannot see through these fabrics and no light travels through them giving you plenty of darkness when the sun comes up making them ideal for bedrooms.

Translucent/light filtering

These fabrics give you privacy but still allow the light to filter through them giving you a nice ambient look. Generally these fabrics are used more in living areas where people are not trying to sleep.

Sunscreens

Sometimes referred to as sheers, sunscreens are designed in such a way that you see to where there is more light. This means you can have them down during the day and be able to see out, but people on the outside cannot see in. However, at night time when you turn your light on you do become visible from the outside. Sunscreen blinds are generally manufactured to block out 90% to 95% of UV rays. This means they will protect your other furnishings in the home by reducing the amount of fading.

Double rollers

Otherwise known as day night blinds. This is where a combination of a sunscreen and a blockout roller blind have been used to give you both privacy and sun protection during the day without taking away your view, and also takes advantage of the privacy and darkness you get from the blockouts at night time.

In practice this means you have two blinds on each window and if the depth of your reveals (window frames) is fairly small, sometimes this can be a bit of a squeeze. There are ways around this, such as putting one of the blinds inside the reveal and the other one on the face of the architrave that surrounds the window.

Installation

There is a number of different ways you can install roller blinds. Probably the most common is to fit them inside the reveal. In many cases, particularly when dealing with sash windows this is not possible, so the blinds have to be face fitted onto the architrave or above the window. In face fit situations you need to consider which way you would like the fabric to roll. More often than not people will have the fabric rolling over the front of the roller, however in a bedroom situation this will let more light in at the sides, therefore rolling the fabric back behind the roller is going to eliminate more light. If you are trying to maximise the darkness in the bedroom, for example, shiftworkers or children trying to sleep during the day, One possible option is to use cassette and channel roller blinds. This is where the roller itself sits inside a cassette at the top of the window, and there are channels running down either side of the window stopping any light from coming through.

Controls

Most roller blinds have chain controls to the side of them which come in a variety of colours including stainless steel. The chains are attached to the wall or window frame with a child safety clip to minimise any risk of injury. With larger blinds in particular we use a gear reduction system which makes it a lot easier to raise and lower your roller blinds.
Something which is becoming more and more popular is having blinds with their own motor, which means all you have to do is push the button on the remote control and up or down they go. For those people who really enjoyed the tech side of life, your roller blinds can also be synchronised to home automation systems.

Finishes

Roller blinds can have a number of different finishes from your plain hemmed bottom with a batten inside, to the various different profiles of bottom rails, to the more traditional scalloped and bound edges for something a little fancy.

Fabrics

The fabrics used for roller blinds fall into three main categories which all come in a wide range of colours and patterns That can easily be coordinated with your other blinds, curtains, colours and furnishings throughout the rest of the home/business place.

Blockouts

These will give you the maximum amount of privacy. You cannot see through these fabrics and no light travels through them giving you plenty of darkness when the sun comes up making them ideal for bedrooms.

Translucent/light filtering

These fabrics give you privacy but still allow the light to filter through them giving you a nice ambient look. Generally these fabrics are used more in living areas where people are not trying to sleep.

Sunscreens

Sometimes referred to as sheers, sunscreens are designed in such a way that you see to where there is more light. This means you can have them down during the day and be able to see out, but people on the outside cannot see in. However, at night time when you turn your light on you do become visible from the outside. Sunscreen blinds are generally manufactured to block out 90% to 95% of UV rays. This means they will protect your other furnishings in the home by reducing the amount of fading.

Double rollers

Otherwise known as day night blinds. This is where a combination of a sunscreen and a blockout roller blind have been used to give you both privacy and sun protection during the day without taking away your view, and also takes advantage of the privacy and darkness you get from the blockouts at night time.

In practice this means you have two blinds on each window and if the depth of your reveals (window frames) is fairly small, sometimes this can be a bit of a squeeze. There are ways around this, such as putting one of the blinds inside the reveal and the other one on the face of the architrave that surrounds the window.

Installation

There is a number of different ways you can install roller blinds. Probably the most common is to fit them inside the reveal. In many cases, particularly when dealing with sash windows this is not possible, so the blinds have to be face fitted onto the architrave or above the window. In face fit situations you need to consider which way you would like the fabric to roll. More often than not people will have the fabric rolling over the front of the roller, however in a bedroom situation this will let more light in at the sides, therefore rolling the fabric back behind the roller is going to eliminate more light. If you are trying to maximise the darkness in the bedroom, for example, shiftworkers or children trying to sleep during the day, One possible option is to use cassette and channel roller blinds. This is where the roller itself sits inside a cassette at the top of the window, and there are channels running down either side of the window stopping any light from coming through.

Controls

Most roller blinds have chain controls to the side of them which come in a variety of colours including stainless steel. The chains are attached to the wall or window frame with a child safety clip to minimise any risk of injury. With larger blinds in particular we use a gear reduction system which makes it a lot easier to raise and lower your roller blinds.
Something which is becoming more and more popular is having blinds with their own motor, which means all you have to do is push the button on the remote control and up or down they go. For those people who really enjoyed the tech side of life, your roller blinds can also be synchronised to home automation systems.

Finishes

Roller blinds can have a number of different finishes from your plain hemmed bottom with a batten inside, to the various different profiles of bottom rails, to the more traditional scalloped and bound edges for something a little fancy.

Fabrics

The fabrics used for roller blinds fall into three main categories which all come in a wide range of colours and patterns That can easily be coordinated with your other blinds, curtains, colours and furnishings throughout the rest of the home/business place.

Blockouts

These will give you the maximum amount of privacy. You cannot see through these fabrics and no light travels through them giving you plenty of darkness when the sun comes up making them ideal for bedrooms.

Translucent/light filtering

These fabrics give you privacy but still allow the light to filter through them giving you a nice ambient look. Generally these fabrics are used more in living areas where people are not trying to sleep.

Sunscreens

Sometimes referred to as sheers, sunscreens are designed in such a way that you see to where there is more light. This means you can have them down during the day and be able to see out, but people on the outside cannot see in. However, at night time when you turn your light on you do become visible from the outside. Sunscreen blinds are generally manufactured to block out 90% to 95% of UV rays. This means they will protect your other furnishings in the home by reducing the amount of fading.

Double rollers

Otherwise known as day night blinds. This is where a combination of a sunscreen and a blockout roller blind have been used to give you both privacy and sun protection during the day without taking away your view, and also takes advantage of the privacy and darkness you get from the blockouts at night time.

In practice this means you have two blinds on each window and if the depth of your reveals (window frames) is fairly small, sometimes this can be a bit of a squeeze. There are ways around this, such as putting one of the blinds inside the reveal and the other one on the face of the architrave that surrounds the window.

Installation

There is a number of different ways you can install roller blinds. Probably the most common is to fit them inside the reveal. In many cases, particularly when dealing with sash windows this is not possible, so the blinds have to be face fitted onto the architrave or above the window. In face fit situations you need to consider which way you would like the fabric to roll. More often than not people will have the fabric rolling over the front of the roller, however in a bedroom situation this will let more light in at the sides, therefore rolling the fabric back behind the roller is going to eliminate more light. If you are trying to maximise the darkness in the bedroom, for example, shiftworkers or children trying to sleep during the day, One possible option is to use cassette and channel roller blinds. This is where the roller itself sits inside a cassette at the top of the window, and there are channels running down either side of the window stopping any light from coming through.

Controls

Most roller blinds have chain controls to the side of them which come in a variety of colours including stainless steel. The chains are attached to the wall or window frame with a child safety clip to minimise any risk of injury. With larger blinds in particular we use a gear reduction system which makes it a lot easier to raise and lower your roller blinds.
Something which is becoming more and more popular is having blinds with their own motor, which means all you have to do is push the button on the remote control and up or down they go. For those people who really enjoyed the tech side of life, your roller blinds can also be synchronised to home automation systems.

Finishes

Roller blinds can have a number of different finishes from your plain hemmed bottom with a batten inside, to the various different profiles of bottom rails, to the more traditional scalloped and bound edges for something a little fancy.