Roller blinds belong to the hard blind family group which are commonly ordered from specialist manufactures or purchased ready-made from home centers. Simple in design, you need no special knowledge to operate them. Most consists of a flat panel of pre-stiffened fabric wound round a roller with a spring mechanism fitted at its end. Another type, constructed from soft fabrics instead of stiffened ones, functions via a cording system like a Roman blind. Both are practical, however, except that the latter, being softer, offers a stronger decorative role.
So what are some of the elements that make the Roller Blinds a forever sought after window blind choice?
Ease in handling and operation compared to other blinds accounts greatly for its likeability. Usually fitted to the top of the window, Roller Blinds cover the whole window when let down. When rolled up, they tug nicely into a tight cylinder above the window to give that real clean look. The blinds are rolled up or down to vary the amount of light you wish to have in your room. They are a practical solution for small windows such as those in kitchens and bathrooms and fit extremely well into window recesses. When combined well with curtains, they can transform your rooms into luxurious looking places. Installation is a breeze too, much simpler than other types of blinds; not many people have to go through troubles to get them done.
Most décor stores carry ready-made ones in wide varieties and you are able to choose from a huge selection of colors and styles. In most cases, you should have no problem finding something to suit your home, but if you really do, you can always ask for custom-made ones which will really fit well into your windows. Cost wise, Roller Blinds are very affordable because of their simplicity in design and construction. Affordable and at great value for money, it is of no surprise that Roller Blinds remain one of the top practical and popular solution for low-budget window treatments.
But affordability and simple operation apart, just how well do they fair in their functional roles?
It used to be that blinds were designed for the main purpose to block out light and provide privacy. In those days, the construction was bad and styles were lacking. Innovations have, however, caught up rapidly with blind business and we have arrived at stage where we can pick our materials to match our purposes and preferences, if not enhance them.
Usually, roller blinds are made from comparatively see-through materials, so much so that not all light is totally filtered off. The resultant mood is one that is pleasant and calming. Besides creating atmosphere and aesthetic benefits, these translucent blinds have lessened the intensity of the light rights which also help to protect valuable furniture, cabinets and plants from the sun’s harmful UV lights. You can also enjoy your TV sessions and computer works more with lesser frustrating glares. If you or your small children need to be sleeping soundly without the sun’s ray on, the opaque blackout blinds would be your saviour then. This will also guard you against prying eyes from outside. But of course you would need to be a little choosy as you would want your blinds to go in harmony with your interior décor…
Another beauty of Roller Blinds is the easiness in maintenance. Depending on the constructed fabric, some would need simple dusting whilst some would require vacuuming. Most are made up of hard wearing fabric which requires wiping with a moist cloth. To be on the safe side, have a look at your cleaning instructions before plunging into it. If properly cared for, your blinds will last you a long long time.