Remodeling 101: Simple Roller Blinds

If you are thinking of refurbishing your home decorations then replacing the traditional curtains of windows and doors with roller blinds is a wonderful choice that you need to consider. Roller blinds have proven that what is functional need not only be stylish, but also highly artistic!

My accommodations in architecture school came with windows but no window treatments. Living on a student budget, I did nothing, a solution that suited me just fine—the purist in me strongly believed that windows should be allowed to do their job of letting light in unfettered by the messiness of curtains or the clutter of Venetian blinds. And then one day a friend pointed out that while I may be comfortable exposing myself for the sake of architecture, those with a view into my room at night might not feel the same way. The owner of the local hardware store suggested roller blinds. I installed them myself—my first DIY—and have been committed to their simple effectiveness ever since. Read on to see why roller blinds have been my one and only window treatment everywhere I’ve lived.

(C) Apollo Blinds

(C) Apollo Blinds

What are roller blinds?

A roller blind is a rectangular swath of material attached to a wooden dowel or metal tube, and mounted between two brackets. A chain pulley system or a spring mechanism rolls the fabric up and down. Automated roller blinds are available, but automation seems to unnecessarily complicate things. That said, hanging cords and loops present a bona fide hazard in houses with young kids; read this New York Times report on the subject before selecting the right model for you.

Why are roller blinds the best window treatment?

I like for the dimensions of my windows to be fully exposed, and in their open position, roller blinds disappear in a way that curtains, shutters, Venetian blinds, and Roman shades never do. And when I have to lower them, roller blinds have a visual consistency that allows them to become part of the architecture as opposed to an added layer of decoration. Though, conversely, curtains can add a grandeur that shades lack, and they can keep out drafts.

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