What Are Roman Blinds?

The cloth that is used in Roman blinds comes in various patterns and textures. The material is held down by stiff rods or metal support and folded to create a hobbled appearance or a teardrop style. The cloth is light weight or moderate weight fabric is fitted to head rails made of aluminium. Popular materials that go to make up a roman blind are translucent fabrics which can be chosen from a range of curtain textiles to blend and enhance home d├ęcor. A backing of white material ensures that the colours and patterns on the fabric do not fade in the sunlight.

Bamboo and reeds are used in roman blinds to take advantage of the natural cooling properties of this material. These blinds also add a touch of the Oriental into the home. Some of the favourite designs and textures are typical Japanese, Sumatran or Chinese and so on. The manufacturing process aims to retain the natural texture, colour and feel of the original bamboo. In some cases, the bamboo is dried for almost six months to achieve tortoise shell pattern that is beautiful to behold and a treasure to possess. All these blinds fold up easily and are adorned with wooden tassels made with matching colours.

Most Roman blinds are delivered together with the required accessories, ready to use. Blind making kits are also available online for people who love to create art and decorate every corner of the home themselves.

Measuring for Roman blinds is something which each and every customer must do himself or do it with a professional. The dimensions will be determined by your choice whether you wish to hang your Roman blinds inside or outside the recess.

If the blind is to be fitted within the recess, the “recess size” will have to be quoted so that the manufacturer can make the necessary adjustments to reach the perfect match during the process of producing the Roman blind. If the recess is less than 7.5 cm or 3 inches deep; or the window opens inwards; the window isn’t straight or the width or height varies more than 2 cm (3/4 inches), the Roman blind cannot be fitted inside.

If the Roman blind is to be fitted outside the recess, the manufacturer will have to understand the “blind size”. If the decision is that more than one blind is to be fitted into the window, the dimensions of every blind must be individually specified in millimetres.

Measurement for blind size or recess size is to be done with a metal tape that sets out the dimensions in centimetres and millimetres. While measuring for recess dimensions, the width and drop ought to be measured from at least three distinct positions keeping in mind the fact that protrusions and dado rails will affect the appearance and feel of the Roman blind and how it drapes the window. Even the smallest changes in diameter and drop should be noted. If the blind is being fitted outside, the width and length of the blind should go beyond the frame of the window by 10 cm on either side. The width and drop size ought to be quoted in millimetres for Blind size.

The package containing the Roman blind will contain lined fabric, strips of plastic or wooden dwelling that is 32mm-77mm less than the dividers width, small plastic rings, brass or wooden acorn, Nylon cord, wall cleat, stick and sew Velcro enough for the width of the blind, wooden batten in the width of the end blind and four screw eyelets.

The blind is fitted to the window by first fixing the blind monitor or wooden batten from the chosen position on the window. If the blind is designed to hang inside the recess, this batten is to be repaired on the bottom of the window frame. If the blind is to hang on the outside of the recess, it is to be fixed to the top of the window frame or over it.

The creation of one blind requires a combination of skilful engineering and fabric styling. Each blind requires a trip to the drawing board. Hence manufacturers feel best suited if they have high volume orders so that they can develop an efficient production environment for the introduction of the blinds. It’s for this reason that Roman blinds can be a bit more expensive than other kinds of blinds.