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A Buyer’s Guide to Roman Blinds

What are Roman Blinds? 

Roman Blinds are made from a luxurious fabric that gathers into neat folds when raised. Offering a perfect view to the outside when they’re up and the comfort of privacy when they’re lowered, Roman Blinds provide versatile shading in any window they’re in.  

Benefits of Roman Blinds 

  • The luxurious fabric offers privacy, and when paired with a blockout or thermal lining, they’ll help insulate your rooms 
  • Their versatile, minimalist aesthetic provides a perfect canvas to add a variety of enticing patterns and colourways 
  • Roman Blinds are available with electric functionality as an option. This allows you to motorise and automate them to raise or lower via the touch of an app
  • Regardless of your type of window, Roman Blinds will help retain your privacy and reduce light gaps in your home

Are Roman Blinds Fashionable? 

Roman Blinds are ideal for creating a fashionable statement in all rooms of your home. Made from sumptuous soft fabrics, they look ever so sophisticated whether they’re raised or lowered. There are also patterned fabrics to discover. From whimsical floral and wildlife prints to contemporary geometric and striped patterns that further elevate your interior scheme.  

Do Roman Blinds Keep Heat In? 

As they’re made from a thick fabric, Roman Blinds do an excellent job at helping retain heat in your room, especially during the colder months. For extra thermal efficiency, opt for a thermal interlining – a practical choice for all seasons! 

How Do Roman Blinds Work?

Roman Blinds usually feature a discreet pull chain that’s located at the side of the blind. This allows you to raise and lower the fabric with ease. However, for Electric Roman Blinds, they operate via the touch of an app. Motorised roman blinds are also great if child safety is of concern. This is because when motorised, Roman Blinds don’t include the manual chain at all

What Are the Best Rooms for these types of blinds

  • Bedrooms – Blockout romans are popular for bedrooms due to the superior shading they offer to help you get a good night’s sleep. They’re also a great option for layering with Curtains, providing additional depth and character to your décor 
  • Dining rooms – Whether you’re relaxing with the family or hosting guests, romans provide an exuberant, elegant touch in small and large dining room windows 
  • Living rooms – Roman Blinds are an excellent choice for living rooms as they help create an inviting, relaxing ambience. With a range of fabrics to choose from, including velvet, linen and more, you’ll be able to find a style that suits contemporary and traditional living room interior schemes

Roman Blind Lining Types 

  • Light filtering – If you’re wanting to keep your rooms bright and airy, a light filtering lining allows for a gentle hue of sunlight to enter your room, even when they’re lowered 
  • Blockout – Blinds with a blockout lining help restrict light coming into your room, with an opaque fabric that’s designed for optimal shading 
  • Thermal – Our Thermal Interlining is an insulating fabric for regulating the heat in your rooms. While they’re not completely blockout, they’ll still block more sunlight than a light filtering Roman Blind 

How to Measure 

For a recess fitting, measure in three places for both the width and drop. Then use the smallest measurement and don’t take any deductions off (we’ll do this for you). For a face fitting installation (outside the window, mounting either to the architrave or wall itself), measure the full width and height of your window. Then add a little extra to the top and each side. (We recommend at least 70mm to the top and 50mm to each side). 

If you are face fitting your blind and would like to ensure that you don’t lose too much of your view or light from the window when the blinds are raised, you might consider mounting your blind 150-200mm higher than the window. When fully raised, roman blinds will always show around 300mm of fabric . This is cdue to the design of the blind and how the fabric folds. So, mounting the blind above means that the very top of the window frame will be covered, without losing much of your view.

Check out our measuring guide for more details.

Additional Features and Functionalities 

  • Click2Fit Headrail – Designed for recess windows, this replaces the need for installing brackets to your walls with a convenient, nifty mechanism in the headrail. You’ll have them up in moments; with no mess or DIY expertise required. The Click2Fit headrail doesn’t require any tools to install. However, keep in mind that if you have a manual chain control, the child safety clip will still need to be attached to the wall. 
  • Electric Blinds – Raise and lower your blind effortlessly with an electric Roman Blind, even when you’re in another room or out of the house via the touch of our Tuiss SmartView app. If you combine the electric SmartView motor with the Click2Fit headrail for recess windows, the blind becomes entirely tool-free to install! 

How to Clean Roman Blinds? 

As they’re made from a delicate, woven fabric, we don’t recommend putting them in the washing machine. For cleaning light stains, use a mix of warm soapy water and apply the solution to a cloth, pat the area and leave the blind to dry. Explore our article to learn more about how to clean Roman Blinds. 

How to Install Your Blinds

To install your blinds outside the recess, attach your brackets to your wall for a face-fixing installation. Then position the lip of the headrail to the front of the bracket. Finally, push the back of the headrail upwards to lock it into place.  

Alternatively, here are two methods of fitting your Roman Blinds inside the recess depending on the style you’ve chosen: 

  • Installing traditional Roman Blinds – Attach your brackets with either a top-fixing (the ceiling of your recess) or face-fixing (on both sides of your recess) method of installation, position the front lip of the headrail into the front of the bracket, then push the back of the headrail to lock it in place
  • Installing No Drill Roman Blinds – To install Click2Fit Roman Blinds, hold the headrail against the top of the recess, then push the lever upwards until it’s clicked into place.

Can Roman Blinds Be Made to Measure? 

Yes, they can absolutely be made to measure to fit your windows, offering many benefits compared to ready-made blinds. For example, choosing a made to measure option means that regardless of the size of your window, you’ll guarantee a great fit, every time. Here at Tuiss Blinds Online, all of our blinds are made to measure, meaning you won’t be missing out on practicality or style.

Designer Style

No matter your interior style or the colour palette of your home, we have window furnishings to suit exactly what you need. From plain and textured fabrics through to iconic designer fabrics from brands such as Emma Bridgewater, Clarissa Hulse, Harlequin, Sanderson, Scion and even William Morris in collaboration with the V&A, you don’t need to sacrifice quality or style when you choose a Roman Blind from Tuiss. Plus, being designed specifically for easy DIY, you save money by not needing anyone to come out to measure or install. 

Explore our full range of Roman Blinds on our website today