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Our Roller blinds buying guide

by Victoria Robinson

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 up and down by a pull cord attached to the bottom of the blind or by a side-winding chain mechanism attached to the blind casing. Or you can choose to level up your Roller blinds and make them electric. This gives you a really easy way to operate your blinds with a remote control or simple wall switch. And they’re smart compatible too so you can open and close your Roller blinds through an app on your phone or through your smart home system.

They're easy to use, offer you the privacy and light control you need, and make your room look wonderful. We'll tell you more about all that below.

2. Why choose Roller blinds?

Stylish, neat and oh so practical, Roller blinds are one of the most versatile blind types in our range. In fact, a Roller blind is one of the quickest and simplest ways to really transform a room.

With plenty of different performance finishes available, Roller blinds have you covered, from blackout options for a cosy bedroom retreat, to moisture-resistant fabrics for a bathroom oasis.

But that’s just the start. Our Roller blinds come in a wonderful wide range of colours, designs and fabrics, giving you hundreds of gorgeous looks to choose from. Take a look at our collaboration with the interiors experts at House Beautiful and have a read of our article for inspiration. 

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 a great choice for windows of all shapes and sizes. If you have a bay window, Roller blinds can be made to fit each individual section. Our skilled advisors are trained to get all the measurements spot on, so your Roller blinds will fit each frame like a glove. Our helpful article has lots of tips and tricks for dressing bay windows with Roller blinds.

They're great for skylights and Velux windows too. Fitted with Bloc frames, which hold the Roller blind against your window they'll help prevent light coming into your room and reduce heat loss and pesky draughts too.


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.

Go for 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?

Did you know windows are responsible for up to 20% of a home's heat loss? Layering your Roller blind with curtains can help. This will an extra layer of snugness to your window to help keep your home warmer without having to turn the dial up so far on your heating. It's a great way to control the light coming into your room too.

You can also explore colour, pattern and texture combinations to create a sensational interior. In this bedroom we’ve layered grey Roller blinds and deep pink 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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