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Roller blinds explained

by Victoria Walker

Product Manager

Published: 19/01/2023

Updated: 13/07/2023

How do they work and why should you choose Roller blinds for your windows?

With their clean lines and sleek design, Roller blinds are not only a stylish solution for your home, but a practical one too. Take a look at our guide for everything you need to know about these modern window dressings to help you choose the right Roller blinds for your home and lifestyle.

1. What are Roller blinds?

Roller blind is a single piece of fabric which wraps around a casing and fits into the top of your window frame, either within or outside of your window recess. The Roller blind is operated by a pull cord attached to the bottom of the blind or by a side-winding chain mechanism attached to the blind casing. Motorised controls are also available giving you the option to open and close your blinds remotely.

2. Why choose Roller blinds?

One of the most versatile blind types, Roller blinds come in a range of finishes that make them ideal for use in different environments. Blackout, moisture-resistant and flame retardant options mean that these blinds are supremely practical. But that’s just the start. Roller blinds come in a wide range of colours, designs and fabrics, giving you hundreds of gorgeous looks to choose from. In fact a stylish Roller blind is one of the quickest and simplest ways to really transform a room.  

Our collection features strong geometric prints combined with soft neutrals to create a clean, Scandi-inspired look in the home.

3. What type of windows are Roller blinds best for?

Roller blinds are suitable for most types of windows and doors. If you have a bay window, you can position individual blinds into each frame, and they’re great for skylights and Velux windows too. They can be made to fit very wide windows and patio doors, but they also look neat and sleek in small spaces.

4. Are Roller blinds good for dressing doors?

There's plenty to think about when it comes to dressing doors. Do you need regular access in and out? Are you overlooked and need a bit of privacy? Do your doors let in too much light? Do you want to admire the outdoor views?

Roller blinds are a great solution, especially for sliding patio or French doors found in the busiest spaces of your home like kitchen-diners and living rooms. They'll provide flexibility over light and privacy and roll neatly away when you want to fully open your doors.

5. What are Perfect Fit Roller blinds best for?

uPVC doors and windows of course! Especially those in regular use. Perfect Fit blinds are an innovative and practical solution that gives you a neat finish that also allows for easy operation of your uPVC doors and windows.

A Perfect Fit frame clips into place onto your uPVC window and the made to measure Roller blind simply sits within the Perfect Fit frame. There are no cords or chains to worry about and no need for drilling either. And we’ll measure and fit the frame and the blinds to make sure the end result is spot on.

6. Are Roller blinds suitable for kitchens and bathrooms?

Kitchen and bathroom blinds need to be able to stand the heat, the wet, and the spills and stains that are all part and parcel of every busy home.

The good news is that our Roller blinds are available in moisture-resistant and flame-retardant finishes, designed to last through everyday use and endure the steam, moisture, and heat common in kitchens and bathrooms. 

I needed a new blind for my kitchen, and Lucy my advisor recommended a Roller blind - it's moisture resistant so great for any kitchen splashes as you can just wipe them down.

7. Can Roller blinds be electric?

Yes, they can. If you’re choosing Roller blinds for hard-to-reach windows and skylights, or you've got multiple Roller blinds in a large room or conservatory, you’ll be pleased to know that they come with the option of electric controls. Electric blinds are so easy to operate with a remote control or simple wall switch - your advisor will show you how. They’re smart compatible too, so you can open and close your blinds through an app on your phone or through your smart home system.

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Mark, Hillarys local advisor
"Electric blinds can be set to a pre-programmed time to help you wake up naturally when the sun rises."
Mark, Hillarys local advisor

8. Can I have blackout Roller blinds?

While it’s lovely to wake up to bright sunshine, early morning sunlight can have a disruptive effect on our sleep patterns. But choose a Roller blind in a blackout fabric and you can enjoy a restful night, every night.  From nurseries to home offices, Roller blinds in blackout fabrics are a great practical light solution.


9. How can I layer Roller blinds with other window dressings?

Especially in the winter months you may want to add an extra layer of snugness to your Roller blind. Combine your Roller blind with curtains and you not only have extra flexibility when it comes to controlling light and temperature, but you can also explore colour, pattern and texture combinations to create a sensational interior. In this bedroom we’ve layered white Roller blinds and curtains for a chic look.


10. Are Roller blinds a sustainable choice?

It's easy to take a green approach to decorating your home with our range of recycled Roller blinds. They're manufactured from 100% recycled polyester yarn, originating from recycled PET polyester plastic bottles.

Our range of naturally sustainable fabrics so read our article to find our more about how you can make more sustainable choices through home décor.


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Sam Cutler - Head of Environment and Sustainability
Our recycled fabrics are made from recycled PET polyester plastic bottles, giving a second life to materials.
Sam Cutler - Head of Environment and Sustainability

11. How do I maintain Roller blinds?

It's really easy to keep your Roller blind looking fresh. Our handy guide gives you plenty of advice on how to keep your Roller blind in tip top condition, from choosing the right cleaning attachment for your vacuum to using the right technique for tackling tough stains. Follow along with the video to find plenty of easy ways to keep your Roller in pristine condition all year round.

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12. How can I style multiple windows with Roller blinds?

Instead of using just one Roller blind, why not ask your advisor to fit individual blinds to suit each of your windows? This looks especially striking if the windows are close together, or you've large sliding patio doors where flexibility is key.

It'll add an extra design dimension and give you practical flexibility, allowing you to position blinds at different heights to control the changing light levels throughout the day.


13. Are Roller blinds safe for children?

To keep your child safe and sound, all our Roller blinds with cords come with a safety device in line with the latest European regulations. Your advisor will install a discreet cleat or hook for the cord to wrap around, so there are no loose strings. There are cordless options too. Perfect Fit blinds, simply click into place between the beading and glass of uPVC windows and have no operating cords. Or why not think about our cord and chain-free luxury Roller blinds? You operate the blind by adjusting the bottom bar of the blind or the decorative pull. And not forgetting our electric options, where your blinds can be operated with a remote control or through your smart home device.


We've got lots more practical advice and tips for styling Roller blinds

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