What’s A Roman Blind?
First let’s remind ourselves what Roman Blinds are, just so that we’re all on the same page! Roman blinds are made from flat fabric with a lining attached, and they have pull cords for raising and lowering them. When raised the fabric automatically folds and stacks on top of itself, creating a series of neat horizontal folds. When lowered the fabric becomes flat again and entirely cover the window – looking fantastic.
The folds, sometimes called pleats, are made by the insertion of slim wooden, metal or plastic rods, known as dowels, that fit neatly into channels. They can be made by tapes which are stitched horizontally across the back of the fabric at regular intervals.
When the cords are all pulled together simultaneously the bottom dowel is raised up to meet the dowel above it, creating a fold in the fabric. The higher the blind is raised, the more folds are created, until it is fully opened.
The rods, channels and cords are all placed at the back of the blind and are never visible from the front.
How to Measure A Roman Blind
We should make it clear right up front that we’ll do all this for you if you like – the measuring, the fitting, and of course help with the design … but if you do want to do it yourself then here is some good advice.
First of all decide where you want the blind to hang – inside the recess of the window or outside it. Inside can look very good, but you need to check that there’s enough room for the top fittings to be screwed in (ask us for help if you get stuck!); outside can look good too, especially if it’s a small window (the blind will make it look larger) or if the recess is small.
If the blind is going inside the recess – measure from where you wish the top of the blind to cover down to a few millimetres above the window sill, allowing a few millimetres either side for ventilation (especially if the windows suffer from condensation). If you are trying to prevent any light from entering, it’s probably best to have the blind outside the recess so that it covers the entire window.
If the blind is going outside the recess – you should allow between 4 and 8 inches extra on all four sides to make sure it looks right when raised and to keep it in proportion.
Roman Blind Pull Cords
This won’t affect the overall design, but you do need to decide whether you want the pull cords hanging on the left or right hand side – there may be very good reasons why you want one or the other!
How To Hang Your Roman Blind
It is standard practice to hang roman blinds on a fabric covered wooden baton (usually around 2 inches in thickness for recesses, larger for outside if needed) screwed into the frame of a recess or above the window, with velcro stapled to the front. This provides a gap for the blind cords to move in, and also prevents the blind from touching the window (as this can cause damp).
On the lower edge of the baton, parallel with the rings and cords of the blinds, there will be eyelet screws or vine eyes, metal loops that allow for the cords to pass to the left or right and support the blind.
If you are just buying the basic blind without this fitting it is relatively easy to prepare one for yourself. You need a plain piece of wood for the baton, velcro tape for the blind heading, either a staple gun and staples or a hammer and tacks for fixing the velcro to wooden baton, eyelets screws, a cleat hook, and a cord tidy or acorn. All you need to do is cut the baton to the correct width and screw it into the frame, then tack or staple the velcro onto the face. The eyelet screws need to be attached to the underside inline with the rings on the blind, making sure that the cords move at right angles.
It is always advisable to lower the blind completely before tying any knot in the cords, as a knot in the wrong place could hamper the blind’s movement – after this you will be able to see where the cleat hook needs to be positioned for the blind to be raised and lowered without getting stuck. You can attach an acorn to tidy the cords if you don’t have a cord tidy.
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We provide made to measure blinds of all kinds, styles, designs, and colours, for all types of room – traditional, modern, or anywhere in between! Numerous options are available, ensuring that whatever you’re looking for, we can supply it. We can colour match too, and provide you with whatever shade you desire.
Here at Absolute Blinds
We have been supplying custom-made shutters, blinds, awnings, canopies and curtains for both residential and commercial properties for over 15 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, our excellent customer service, and the value for money that we provide. We manufacture everything ourselves here in the UK, meaning we can maintain the highest standards and complete the occasional job in a hurry if you really need us to! To help you out we offer a free no obligation survey and quotation service – and if you decide to take one of our wonderful products our installations are free of charge.
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