One of the most popular and modern ways of adorning the rooms in a house is using roller blinds. As compared to vertical blinds or Venetian blinds, roller blinds are quite flexible. For adjusting the light that you need in a room, all you have to do is roll the blinds up or down. At the same time, they also come in affordable prices, which make it possible for all to have them. Installing new, functional roller blinds is a choice based on your needs, aesthetic criteria and the fact that these blinds are a very functional and possibly less expensive than the other types of window treatments. Depending on the type of chosen fabric the look of your blinds may vary from simple to very sophisticated and elegant, meaning the prices may also differ. The installation part can be done by a trained professional or it can be done with a little help from a friend -just to make sure you have a better perspective plus it is more fun this way.
Apart from the type of fabric, its color and pattern, when you decide to buy this type of blinds, you must do the proper measurement of your windows (go through the manufacturers manual for directions), decide where exactly you want your roller blinds installed (the inside mount on the window frame, or an outside mount on the wall just above the window) and where you want the chain operating mechanism to be located left or right side of the blinds.
How to decide where to put your roller blinds?
What kind of material is your window made of? Is there enough room inside the window recess for your roller blinds? If the answer to the first question is wood, and there is enough room for roller blinds, then inside mount is probably the best option (provided that there is no obstacle like a handle for example in the way). If your window is made of PVC or aluminum, then the outside mount is a logical solution since it is very hard to drill through these materials. Another issue worth considering is whether you want your newly installed roller blinds to open from the front side or the back side. The difference is in the surface covered by the fabric, meaning if the blinds open from the back, more of the surface is covered resulting in less light penetrating into your room and more energy efficiency.
The next step is to mark the place on your window frame or the wall for the brackets. There are two brackets, one for the chain operating part (with a hexagonal hole) and the other for the idle part (with the round hole). This is the part where you will need someone else near you to make sure the brackets are placed symmetrically and to hand you the tools you need. Once you have decided where to put the brackets and marked the spot, use a drill to make holes. Before you screw the blinds' brackets to the wall or the frame, place the spring plunger into the hole of the idle side bracket. Then you are ready to secure the brackets, and having done that you can go on and attach the roller blinds. Make sure the chain side goes into the bracket with a hexagonal slot, and the idle side goes to the other bracket.
The installation of your roller blinds is over and you can try out how the blinds are working by pulling the chain. The final result should be a functional and aesthetically pleasing roller blind.
Types of Blinds to Make Your Homes Look Even More Beautiful
When it comes to window treatments like roller blinds, making the right choice requires you to take into consideration several factors like the existing interiors of the place, the purpose that they are expected to serve, the amount of money that you can spend etc. However, even before you start considering these factors, you need to channelize your energies to understand the different types of blinds available in the market. After all, this is the basic information that will simplify your process of choosing.
Here is a brief preview of the different types of blinds available in the market:
Venetian blinds: One of the simplest and most common choices, these venetian blinds are the perfect option for people who want to add the much needed dose of elegance to the overall aesthetic appeal of the place without actually spending too much money. Comprising of horizontal slats fitted together, these blinds are usually made of plastic or wood. Installing them is easy and barely takes more than a few minutes. Additionally, these blinds are a low maintenance option.
Roman Blinds: Made of soft fabric, these blinds are perfect to add a soothing touch to the ambience. When you raise the blinds, they gather to form pleats and end up looking extremely beautiful. Also, these blinds are known to be extremely effective when it comes to filtering the light and also providing a certain degree of privacy to the members of the premises.
Roller blinds: Using a stiffened fabric, these blinds can easily be rolled up when you are not using them. Apart from being easy to operate as well as install, these blinds come with a long shelf life allowing them to withstand the routine wear and tear in a better way. Also, installing them comes across as an extremely economical option making it a preferred choice for people who are facing budgetary constraints. You can easily choose the fabric, color and finish that go well with your premises.
Blackout blinds: This is also a variant of roller blinds that come with a special coating to prevent the light from penetrating to them. Ideal for places that experience bad summers, using these blinds helps in lowering the temperature of the premises to quite an extent. This in turn reduces the reliance on air conditioners and even helps you bring down the overall electricity bill. An added advantage of using these blinds is that they provide a high degree of privacy.