Roman blinds are a type of window treatment that you can use to block out the sun and add privacy to a room. Made from a variety of fabrics and available in a range of sizes, these blinds are designed to gather into evenly sized pleats as the blinds are raised and can be custom made to fit a not non-standard shaped or sized window.
Types of Fabric
While a range of different fabrics is used in the construction of roman blinds, for outdoor use people tend to choose popular textiles such as cotton, linen, hemp and silk. For a more durable option, opt for roman blinds made of bamboo or reed. For indoor use, wood is the preferred choice as it creates a natural look while adding a touch of warmth in the room. Synthetic fabrics may an option for those looking for a cheaper alternative.
When shopping for roman blinds, your should choose a fabric that matches the interior of your home and other fabrics around the room. The colour and weight of the fabric are also important factors to consider as they also help to set the ambiance of the room. If you enjoy a bright room, a lighter fabric is your way to go. Heavy textures such as suede and microfiber tend to give a room a more sultry appearance.
Roman blinds are constructed with solid fabric panels that are mounted onto slats. The slats are then connected to cords that pull the slats together as you raise the blind. The size of the pleats plays a great role in how the blind will look on the window as blinds with closer slats will obscure less the window when the blind is folded.
Roman blinds may also come with a variety of fixtures such as rods with ornamental details, which allow you to create a more customized look in your room. Other features to consider are easy-to-care and UV protection. Recommended care methods are usually found in the fabric’s care label and usually include dusting, vacuuming and spot cleaning.
Roman blinds can be installed either inside or over a window frame, depending on your preference. Inside mount helps to enhance a home’s beautiful window frames and create a custom, clean look. Outside mount, on the other hand, helps cover up imperfections and add width to the window. You should keep in mind when measuring roman blinds to always measure to the nearest eight of a centimeter – avoid rounding measurements. Here are the steps to measuring roman blinds properly.
Measuring an Inside Mount
- Measure the opening width at the top, bottom, and centre of the window and take notes of the narrowest width of the three.
- Next, measure the height at the left, right, and centre, and take notes of the longest measurement.
- Make sure you communicate clearly with the vendor to find out if deductions need to be made.
Measuring an Outside Mount
- When measuring the width for an outside mount, you should add at least 7cm to each side of the window opening to minimize light gap and increase privacy.
- When taking height measurements, add at least 5 centimeters to allow space for mounting brackets above and enough overlap at the bottom.