If you’re looking to buy roman blinds, Adelaide is the place to offer a huge variety of styles and designs. From contemporary to traditional, roman blinds can be made specifically to suit any room. You’ll need to know exactly what a roman blind can offer, and by following these guidelines, you’ll get the beautiful roman blinds you want!
- Cord and cleat operating system – Traditionally roman blinds were made with a pull cord and cleat. The pull cord is used to pull the blind up and the cleat (the metal cord tie attached to the wall) is used to tie the cord off to stop it from slipping back down. While this is a perfectly simple operating system, it can sometimes be cumbersome to use with larger blinds and may leave you wrestling to tie off the cord at exactly the right height.
- Heavy duty cord lock operating system – The heavy duty cord lock system is by far the best way to operate a roman blind. The blind is made with a cord and cleat, however as the cord is pulled to raise the blind, the cord will lock off at any height stopping the need to tie off the cord immediately. Just a small flick of the wrist will lock the cord into place and keep the roman blind exactly where you want it. It is mandatory by law that all cord operated blinds be kept out of reach of children, so the cord of a roman blind must be tied securely around the cleat after operation every time.
- Chain drive operating system – The chain drive system is the same used for roller blinds. The looped beaded cord runs continuously through the driver attached to the head board. As the cord is pulled to either raise or lower the blind, the cord runs continuously from top to bottom. The down side to this type of system is the roman blind takes much longer to operate.
- Classic straight bottom hem – This style is simple, classic and the most used for roman blinds. Whether it is made from blind fabric or lined drapery fabric, the blind is finished with a wooden lathe concealed in a hemmed pocket at the bottom.
- Shaped valances – For a more decorative or traditional look, you may consider a shaped valance, which is the bottom flap hanging below the hemmed pocket of the roman blind. Scallops, waves or a straight hem valance are some of the options available. Trims and tassels are easily added to these designs to give them a truly individual look.
- Patterned and plain fabric – Dedicated blind fabrics come in neutral colours with varying levels of texture. They do not have any specific patterns on them and are perfect for more contemporary roman blinds. Most drapery fabric can be used to make roman blinds which allows you to have the pattern or specific colour of your choice. Silks, chintz and horizontal stripes should be avoided as the do not produce a perfect blind.
- Outside mount – This is the most common way to mount a roman blind. When the blind is down it covers the surrounding window frame and often the sill. In the up position the roman should cover a small portion of the top of the window, creating the look of a pelmet. This style of mounting gives the best light control and insulation and maximises the light in the room.
- Inside mount – This style of mounting is generally only used for larger windows or windows with decorative frames that cannot be covered. The blind sits fully within the window frame itself. The disadvantages of this style is that it lets light in through the sides of the blind and stacks in front of the glass of the window blocking day-time light.
Roman blinds are a beautiful addition to any room and by following these guidelines you’ll get the best blinds possible. To speak to a professional about perfectly measured and fitted roman blinds in Adelaide, click here …