Roller blinds

July 6, 2016

Roller blinds, also known as roller shades, are window coverings that can be raised or lowered by tugging on the shade itself or by pulling a rope or tassel. It works via a rolling mechanism, known as a “cassette head,” that is attached to the top of the window blinds.

How to Hang Roller Blinds

When it comes to hanging roller blinds, there is no hard and fast rule: you actually have a few different options. First, there’s the standard roll, which is when the fabric rolls in a backward motion, with the shade being close to the window pane, thus blocking a great deal of light and offering the most privacy. This is ideal for windows with a shallow depth, since it gets the fabric farther inside the opening than if the roll were reversed. A reverse roll means just what the name implies—the fabric goes in front of the roller instead of behind it, the reverse of a standard roll. This type of roll is often used for window shades that have two distinct colors on each side of the fabric, like blackout shades that are black on one side and white on the other. A reverse roll is ideal for blocking things like window cranks or door handles, since it pushes the fabric away from the window pane. A final option is side channels, which are aluminum felt-lined narrows on the sides and bottom of a window opening that the shade fits into—akin to a track for the edges of the shade. This creates a seal on the window, blocking out all light. This is ideal for bedrooms or home entertainment theaters.

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