Roman Blind FAQ’s discussed by Select Blinds
Roman blinds are one of the most sought after blind styles available as they offer a feeling of comfort and warmth as well as a stylish look and feel to any room. Roman blinds are really versatile as they come in a huge range of materials, colours and patterns and can act either as a subtle addition or a stand out window feature for any room or area. Our Roman Blinds FAQ’s will tell you everything you need to know and will help you decide if Roman Blinds are the right window covering for your home or business.
What is a Roman Blind?
Roman blinds are a simple, elegant and contemporary material blind and can be made in a wide range of materials, colours and patterns. They can be hung from inside or outside of the window recess and hang straight down and flat when they are fully closed. When Roman blinds are fully open the material pleats concertina up into each fold. They are opened and closed using vertical cords or a pulley and are normally made to measure from good quality curtain fabric that you can choose from.
How do Roman Blinds work?
Roman Blinds are made from a flat continuous piece of fabric and lining which fits the window frame. When they are being opened the cords pull simultaneously together and the bottom pleat is raised up to meet the next pleat above, creating a fold in the fabric, and this continues until the blind is fully raised and in the open position. The height of your window will decide how many pleats are incorporated into the blind fabric as well as how deep you want the blind pleats to be.
What are the benefits of a Roman Blind?
There are a huge number of benefits of a Roman Blind, including:
- They are extremely versatile and come in a huge range of materials, colours and patterns
- The material offers a feeling of luxury and warmth
- They offer a clean, contemporary, minimalist look
- They can be made to be blackout by professional blind companies
- They use less fabric compared to curtains often making them 25% cheaper
- You can use large, bold or colourful patterns to make a statement without the fear of overpowering a room
- They are made using one piece of fabric so there are no gaps to let light filter in
- They have neat and simple opening and closing options
- There is no need for free-hanging cords, a pulley cord system can be used which separates if any weight is added to it
- They can be fitted inside or outside of a window recess
- They are easy to operate
- They are extremely lightweight
- They are suited to all types of rooms, lounges, dining rooms, conservatories, playrooms, offices, bedrooms, children’s rooms and many more
- They don’t cover and restrict radiator heat like full-length curtains will, offering you maximum warmth and no wasted energy
- They control the sunlight entering a room, enhancing privacy and improving insulation
- They can be fully open, closed or partially open depending on your privacy needs
- They are perfect for smaller windows which can be overwhelmed by curtains
- They can be made for larger windows
- You can opt for both Roman Blinds and curtains depending on the look you want to achieve
How does a Roman Blind open and close?
A thin cord is threaded through the individually sewn rings found in each pleat section of the fabric of the blind. When the blind is pulled open using the cord or pulley system it allows for the pleats to be created in the material which folds or concertina up into each other as the blind is opened.
How is a Roman Blind Fitted?
Roman blinds are easily fitted by a blind specialist like Select Blind and it saves you a lot of DIY stress and any DIY disasters. Brackets are fixed to the wall if they are being fitted outside of the window recess, or at the top section of the recess if inside. The blind batten at the top is then secured into the brackets with screws or a clip mechanism.
What material do Roman Blinds come in?
Professional blind companies like Select Blinds have a huge range of materials, colours and patterns available for you to choose from for your Roman blinds, including blackout options when it comes to their made to measure Roman Blind range.
Can Roman Blinds be Blackout?
Roman Blinds can be made using blackout material or with a blackout lining making them perfect for bedrooms and children’s bedrooms as well as living areas.
What is the difference between a Roller Blind and a Roman Blind?
Both Roman and Roller blinds have either a cord or pulley mechanism at the side to open or close them, roller blinds roll onto a roller at the top of the blind and a Roman Blinds material pleats concertina up into each other. A Roman Blind looks better when open and closed as you have a top section of material covering any attachments rather than seeing the roller at the top of a roller blind.
What is the best fabric for Roman blinds?
The best fabrics are cotton, cotton blends, linen or jacquard as they are medium-thick, non-stretchy fabrics which create crisp, sharp folds that are uncreased when the blind is open, giving it a professional, warm and contemporary look and feel.
What patterns can Roman Blinds be in?
Roman blinds come in so many different fabric options and due to their minimalist look, they won’t overpower a room like curtains can even with the strongest and brightest of colours. If you want a more minimal look then you can opt for a plain fabric in more neutral colours and the blind will still add to your room’s decor and still frame your window.
What colours can Roman Blinds come in?
Roman Blinds come in thousands of colour and material options, whether you want bright, neutral or a dramatic or subtle pattern the options are endless when you use a professional blind company like Select Blinds.
Are Roman Blinds suitable for large windows?
Roman blinds offer a soft and sumptuous look and feel so are ideal if you have large bay windows or multiple windows slide by side. If the width of your window is larger than the standard material width (300cms/118”) then a professional blind company like Select Blinds will join two material widths together and will advise you on your best option.
Should Roman Blinds touch the window sill?
The bottom of your roman Blind should just touch the window sill when fully closed. You should use the shortest drop measurement if they are different at each end of the sill to ensure you don’t have one side too long and crumpling on the window sill.
Do Roman Blinds look better inside or outside recess?
It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve whether you hang them inside or outside of your window recess. Hanging a roman Blind outside of your recess allows less light to enter through each side so this is something to think about if you are having them made for a bedroom.
Fitting Roman Blinds outside of the recess maximises the light that comes through your windows when the blinds are open as you can hang the blind higher above the top of the window frame and this means the top fold doesn’t cover the windowpane as much.
Can a Roman Blind be cut to size?
Roman Blinds can be cut to size, however, unless you use a professional to do this you will have frayed sides to the material. Your best option is to get a professional blind company like Select Blinds to make them to measure and you will be surprised that it doesn’t cost much more if anything compared to standard off the shelf Roman Blinds which don’t fit your window properly.
Can a Roman Blind rest on a window or door sill?
A Roman Blind should just rest on the window sill when fully shut to ensure you have the minimum amount of light entering.
Can a Roman Blind be fitted to a door?
Roman Blinds are perfect for part pane or full pane doors, whether it’s a back, front or internal door they will be perfect.
What sort of windows can a Roman Blind be used for?
Roman Blinds are really versatile and can be fitted to any type of window or door whether inside or outside of the recess and they are especially good for bay windows. They are perfect for narrow, tall windows or where there is no room at either side for curtains to be drawn back. If you have shorter windows they can make your windows look taller if they are fitted in the right position.
What rooms do Roman Blinds suit?
Roman Blinds come in so many materials and colours making them suitable for any style and type of window or room, they can be made to be minimalist framing a window or door or to be a stand out feature in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, lounges, dining rooms, hallways, bedrooms, offices, playrooms and much more depending on your style.
What types of property do Roman Blinds suit?
Roman Blinds suit many different styles, types and periods of property and look amazing both inside and out. The range of materials, colours and patterns available to choose from make them a versatile option and they look good in any home or business.
Do Roman Blinds keep a room warm?
Roman Blinds are energy efficient and will keep a room warmer in the colder months as they are normally made from thicker material and with thermal lining if you want which helps to keep your home warm and snug.
Do Roman Blinds keep a room cool?
Roman Blinds will keep a room cooler in the summer as they can be fully or partially closed to prevent the direct sunlight from entering a room, keeping its temperature cooler and consistent.
Are Roman Blinds energy efficient?
Roman Blinds are energy efficient as they keep the warmth in during the winter and the warmth out during the summer, offering you improved energy efficiency in your home or business. The material used for Roman Blinds is often thicker and they are lined compared to other blind types and this makes their energy efficiency even better.
Can Roman Blinds be used in an office?
Roman Blinds can be used in an office or work environment and are often chosen to soften an interior and make it feel more comfortable and homely. They can be partially raised to prevent the direct sunlight from entering a room and when fully closed they protect your office from any prying eyes.
Do Roman Blinds give you privacy?
Roman Blinds can give you full or partial privacy depending if they are fully or partially open or closed, as well as full blackout options too.
Are Roman Blinds safe for children?
Yes, Roman Blinds are extremely safe for children if they have a pulley opening and closing system which separates when any weight is added to them and can be rejoined after.
Are Roman Blinds safe for pets?
Intu blinds are very safe for pets and animals if they are opened and closed using a pulley system which will separate when any weight is put on them and you can rejoin them after.
Does a Roman Blind reduce the sunlight in a room?
Yes, a Roman Blind can be fully closed to block all the sunlight from entering a room, or partially open allowing some natural light to enter through the bottom part of the window frame.
How do you measure for a Roman Blind?
Each manufacturer will have different guidelines for measuring for a Roman Blind so always use their guidelines rather than standard ones you might find on the internet.
Do Roman Blinds need a lot of maintenance and cleaning?
Roman Blinds are really easy to maintain and keep clean, they can be lightly dusted every week, wiped with a damp cloth and even hovered if you want to. Every few years you may want to get them dry cleaned to keep them in tip-top condition, however, if you clean them regularly this is often not needed. You can also steam clean them once in a while to freshen them up.
Do Roman Blind’s crease when they fold?
The fabric used for Roman Blinds is specially selected to ensure it doesn’t permanently crease when the blinds are folded up and fully open. The material used for Roman Blinds tends to be thicker material that doesn’t crease and gives you crisp clean folds.
Do Roman Blinds last a long time?
Roman Blinds will last you many years if you use quality material and have a good lining. A quality lining gives Roman Blinds stability and shape and protects the inward-facing fabric from fading from the sun. if your window is south facing or exposed to the sun throughout the day then blackout linings are recommended to protect the front inward-facing fabric from fading.
Are Roman Blinds good if you have allergies?
Roman Blinds are more hygienic than curtains as they don’t collect as much pollen and dust which has an impact on anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. They are also easier to keep clean than a lot of other blinds, like wooden or Venetian, as they are quicker to dust and hoover reducing the amount of dust and pollen that collects in them.
Can you buy off the shelf Roman Blinds?
You can buy off the shelf Roman blinds, however, always be careful as once you’ve opened the packaging they may no longer be returnable if they don’t fit your window or door. Using a reputable blind company like Select Blinds to have your Roman Blinds made to measure to fit your window or door perfectly is nearly always the best option and they may have off the shelf Roman Blinds which will fit and will talk you through how to measure them to ensure they fit.
What are the benefits of made to measure Roman Blinds?
- They are made to measure your window and its frame perfectly
- They let minimal light in due to the single piece of fabric used
- You can choose from an extensive range of materials, colours and patterns to match your style and decor
- They don’t cost much more, compared to standard off the shelf Roman Blinds
- They are extremely lightweight even when made in thicker and better quality material used for Roman Blinds
- Good and reputable blind companies offering a made to measure service will come out to give you advice, measure your windows and come back to fit them for you
About Select Blinds
If you are looking for Roman Blinds in Glasgow or Central Scotland, we have a wide selection and range of standard off the shelf ones to choose from, or, we offer a ‘free measuring, made to measure and fitting service’ in your home or business in areas across Scotland. You won’t find a more professional and customer-focused service than ours. Contact us today on 0808 301 9018 and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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What areas do Select Blinds cover in Scotland for our measuring and fitting service?
We cover; Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Livingstone, Bathgate, Motherwell, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and the surrounding areas across Central Scotland.
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