Curtains are a very important part of the interior, which can fulfill both the role of decorating the window and be a way to hide and hide from prying eyes. Roller blinds - this is a very convenient and relatively new design that can let light into your house during the day or in the morning and reliably block you from the views from the street in the evening. When purchasing them, you need to know what they are and how to choose them and hang them in the house.
Advantages and disadvantages
Roller blinds are a type of horizontal curtains that do not move apart, like classic models, but rise up. When lifted, the web is wound onto a roller. It is very convenient to raise and lower such a curtain, and you do not have to put extra effort, just pull the cord. The base of the roller blinds is made of rigid materials. Such products can look very stylish and modern, or they can have a classic and versatile design.
They are somewhat reminiscent of blinds or Roman blinds, which also rise up, but at the same time the latter fold, and these are wound on a roll.
This type of curtain perfectly saves from the sun scorching in the windows. This variety has several advantages over others. So, this is a very versatile type of curtains, they can be hung on any window, including an inclined one, where not every curtain is suitable. In addition, this decor item is very often impregnated with a special solution, which allows the canvas not to absorb dust, and also does not fade, moreover, they are not easily soiled. They do not need to be constantly removed and washed, it is only enough to occasionally vacuum them along their entire length.
Such curtains are very easy to set up on your own, because they are attached with screws to any window frame, and ordinary curtains in the classic version are attached to curtains, which are sometimes quite difficult to install and pick up. Installation of roller blinds is quite simple and anyone can do it.
A big advantage of roller blinds is that you can match them to absolutely any interior design. Now there is an opportunity to order such interior items with an individual pattern or pattern, even whole paintings can be depicted on them. By purchasing such a product, you can choose not only their design, but also the texture of the canvas: it can be quite thin or very durable fabric.
They can be attached not only to a wooden frame, but also to a plastic frame., which is also not difficult. A big advantage of this product is that for lovers of the classics there is an opportunity to hang roller blinds on curtains and create a very interesting and stylish decoration for any window. Such curtains, due to the ease of caring for them, can save a lot of time for any housewife.
Roller blinds take up very little space on the wall, do not require a large indent from it and therefore allow you to save room space. Curtains made of dense materials can protect not only from the ingress of excess dust and light into the house, but also provide a sound insulation function. They are very easy and convenient to operate. Such interior items are very durable and reliable, they will serve you for more than one year.
The only drawback of this product is that it is more suitable for modern interior design, because classic curtains are quite difficult to replace with such an analogue, they do not look as elegant as standard sliding models.
Blinds are very diverse, usually they are divided by type depending on the system of their work:
Highlight open curtains - this is the type in which the web is gradually wound on a roll when this structure is opened, the roller is usually fixed on the top of the window.Such curtains also unfold evenly, thanks to the base of a thin wooden or aluminum strip, which allows the fabric to tightly close the window. Open type models work thanks to a chain mechanism. Usually this is a thread that can be located both on the right and on the left, by pulling on which you can raise or lower this structure. This type is quite easy to operate, takes up little space and is perfect for small windows
Next type of roller blind – closed type products. A distinctive feature of this design is that it is a decorative box that allows you to completely hide the fabric inside when you completely lift the curtains from the bottom up. The canvas will hide in this box so that no one even thinks that there were curtains in this place. When folded, they allow you to freely open and close the window and window and do not interfere at all. In addition, a big advantage of closed-type models is that the curtains do not sag at all and there are no gaps between the window frame and the curtain fabric, so you can safely block the light that comes through this window
The closed system is more suitable for plastic, as well as for any large windows.
The most modern and expensive curtains are "day-night", they differ in that there are colored and transparent stripes on the canvas, which cover the window from the incident light with a double layer. The layers are superimposed on each other when twisted and untwisted. Moreover, you can easily adjust the level of the incoming light by shifting the transparent and dark stripes. Thus, you can completely exclude light from entering the room, or superimpose the stripes on top of each other, creating the appearance of a light tulle. The fabric itself can be easily wound onto the roller, which is located on top of the frame and easily unwound. This option is perfect for any children's room, it will help to put the baby to bed at any time
Day-night blinds look very aesthetically pleasing and allow you to take control of the lighting in the room into your own hands.
Recently very relevant automatic roller models with electric drive… They can be opened and closed by just pressing one button. They are very easy to use, but they are quite expensive. You can also adjust the level of raising these curtains and many other parameters using the button
A separate variety are universal curtainswhich are great for attic spaces. They will easily decorate sloped windows and block out the light, which can sometimes interfere with sleep in the morning from such an arrangement of the window. This is a great way out for owners of houses with sloping walls. Other curtain models are very difficult to choose for this type of window arrangement
The materials from which the blinds are made affect their transparency or density. Typically these types of garments are made from polyester, cotton or nylon. Moreover, these fabrics undergo antiseptic impregnation. There are also models with a beautiful velvet surface. These are very thick curtains that allow you to completely block out the incoming light. There are also models made of textured materials, and there are also smooth models. Sheer curtains are also available depending on the thickness of the fabric.
As a rule, for the manufacture of such products, materials are chosen that are resistant to temperature extremes and exposure to light, in addition, they must be durable and easy to maintain. There are even fairly thick PVC curtains that provide excellent light insulation.
There is also wooden models, they are distinguished by their environmental friendliness and hypoallergenicity. In addition, they do not fade at all and are very resistant to external influences.This material has only one negative side - the large weight of the structure, but most often the lightest types of wood are used for their manufacture and they try to mount these structures as reliably as possible.
When creating curtains from fabric, absolutely any type of fabric is used.are often reflective materials. Usually they are decorated with interesting patterns, appliqués or inserts made of leather and metal. Woven blinds allow you to decorate any room in an interesting way. Also, for the manufacture of these products, manufacturers often use various decorative items, such as tassels, fringes, ribbons or braid.
Now manufacturers offer a huge selection of different colors, creating interesting roller blinds models:
- Pure white models can even be smooth or glossy, therefore, they will not be easily soiled and will be very easy to care for. White curtains are perfect for decorating a bedroom.
- For a living room decorated in dark colors, they are perfect black curtains. Such products are able to completely exclude light from entering the room.
There are also a huge number of interesting color options: these are light green, orange, yellow, blue, pink models. As a rule, they are selected for the interior design of the room. Beige and light brown curtains are more classic, they are universal and always relevant. Silver and gold blinds are more original. In the sun, they will look just amazing, especially for translucent models
For the arrangement of modern rooms, blinds are very often used. red, purple or lilac. Also, now such products are very popular in burgundy or rich emerald hue, because they look very luxurious and can add charm to any room interior
The simplest in design and compact in size are mini-blinds, which are fixed to the frame not using self-tapping screws, but directly to the window sash. They can be either open or closed in design, and some use them in conjunction with curtains. The standard size of the models is 50 cm, but there are also models with a width of 30 to 150 cm. Their length can also vary, as a rule, it is 150 cm, but there are also longer options.
Before you hang the blinds you need to decide on their size… To do this, you need to measure the width and height of the window opening, as well as the window sashes. You should also consider the distance between glasses and handles. For large windows, wide blinds are suitable, and in this case you can hang one canvas or several at once on one window on each sash. Thus, you can hang a large model, which is about 2 m long, or you can hang three or two small blinds, depending on the number of doors. As a rule, for small windows with one frame, standard blinds are purchased with a width of about 80 cm and a height of 150 cm.The specific size will also depend on the type of construction, so this should be taken into account.
How to choose?
Roller blinds can be hung in any room of the house that has windows:
For kitchen it is better to choose roller shutters made of durable materials that do not absorb excess odors and grease. In addition, perforated blinds are also suitable, they will allow you to easily ventilate the room at any time. As for the design of such products for the kitchen, it is better to purchase unusual models decorated with flowers, leaves or images of fruits
In case you have a calmer kitchen design, then models with a discreet abstract pattern, which will repeat the design of the kitchen headset, are also suitable.
- In case you choose roller blinds for living room, you should purchase lighter models, since dark curtains can make this room very gloomy and low-light, thereby visually narrowing it.
- Dark blinds are best for for office premises, as well as for offices. They will make an ordinary room boring.
For children's room it is best to purchase models made of dense materials, since they are able to close the room as much as possible from light. These curtains will not prevent your baby from watching cartoons or sleeping in the morning or evening. The ideal option for a nursery would be easily controlled automatic curtains. Your baby can adjust the level of their rise and the intensity of light by himself. You can pick up both bright and unusual curtains decorated with images of animals and cartoon characters, as well as quieter options that will be very versatile and suitable even if you decide to make repairs
Design-neutral blinds will not bore your baby and will be relevant for a long time.
For bedrooms it is also better to purchase light blinds that will perfectly protect from incident light, but will not darken the room too much. Beige, peach, pale pink, blue, mint tones are a great option for bright bedrooms. You can also purchase unusual pleated roller blinds or models called "curtains". They will look very unusual and diversify the interior of the room. For rooms in which plastic windows are installed, it is better to select models with an open type structure, they are most convenient to use in this case. For a room with a balcony, street roll models are perfect. They will not interfere with the inside of the room, but will easily protect it from light from outside
How to hang?
Classic open blinds can be hung on any window. There are models that do not require drilling the frame, usually they have a fastening - clamp, they are very convenient to install. These blinds are attached to a plastic clip mounted in the wall. The mount itself is held in the wall with screws, and the roller blinds on the sides are inserted into a round structure, which is mounted on a base fixed in the wall.
Some open blinds are fixed with self-tapping screws, which are mounted in the frame. This is the most reliable type of installation, but if you have new windows, this way you void the warranty on them. In addition, when you replace the roller blinds, you will have small holes in the frames. The technology is as follows:
- Initially, you need to unpack the blinds and attach them to the frame.
- In the place where the brackets will touch it, you need to make notes. In addition, it is necessary to check whether they will touch the window handle.
- Next, you will need to use the level that will be needed to clarify the location of this structure in height.
- In the places of the marks, it is necessary to make drilling, then the fastening must be fixed in one position with the help of self-tapping screws, and then put the plugs on them.
- After that, you need to completely untwist this product in order to check how smoothly it is fixed and whether you will have to fix its installation.
It is a little easier to install closed-type blinds:
- Initially, on the upper part, you need to fix a box in which the entire structure will be hidden. It can be screwed in with self-tapping screws, a hole for which you need to drill, or you can glue it onto a reliable double-sided tape.
- In addition, such a system can also have magnets - this is the simplest design to install.
- After you have installed the box with the roll, you need to glue the guides that will cover the distance between the curtain and the frame, and also correctly fix the canvas on the window.
Mini roller blinds are even easier to install.They are glued with Velcro or staples, they can be installed quickly at home without assistance.
How to remove?
Sometimes window roller blinds need to be removed. This is necessary if, for example, you want to change curtains or just wash or clean them. If they are attached with self-tapping screws, you first need to unscrew them and remove the base in the form of a roll or box in which the canvas is hidden. If your curtains are fixed on a bracket, then you need to pry the mount with a sharp object, for example, a flat screwdriver, open it and remove the roll from there. The easiest way is to disconnect the models that are installed on adhesive tape, they just need to be peeled off (in some cases, you will have to soak them).
When operating such curtains, you need to take into account a lot of tips in order to extend their service life and facilitate their care. Although manufacturers indicate that such curtains are dust and moisture repellent, they still need to be properly cared for. They need to be wiped from time to time with napkins or a damp cloth, so you will keep their original appearance for a long time. If your curtains in the form of a roller hang in the kitchen, then it is better to close them during cooking, after all, grease and soot can get on them and spoil their appearance. It is also better to fold them during general cleaning so that too much dust does not settle on them.
For the care of such products it is better to use regular soap or a mild detergent… In case you get very dirty with such a product, you can wash it with powder, but in no case you cannot use bleach for this, because paler spots may form on them. In addition, this way you can deprive the curtains of antiseptic and dust-repellent qualities. If you have sturdy wooden roller blinds, they can be dry cleaned without using wet rags. You can also periodically clean both fabric and wooden curtains with a vacuum cleaner. It is better if it has a nozzle with a soft brush.
If you want to move the curtains to another window or you are not satisfied with their size, it is better to cut them to width, while carefully processing the edges. This is not a problem for open column curtains.
In order for the blinds to serve you as long as possible, you need to provide them with high-quality and regular care.
Blinds can be interesting to diversify the interior of any room and replace both classic curtains and tulle:
Roof blinds will save any apartment or house with a sloping roof from the light… Such models can have interesting patterns, or they can completely merge with the ceiling, thereby hiding the windows located under the arch
Also, blinds are selected depending on the style of the interior of the room.… In a country style living room, it is better to purchase translucent and light blinds with warm shades. They will look very restrained and stylish. For a living room decorated in a vintage style, models with bright and voluminous colors are perfect. Such patterns will color the room and help to create accents. For the bedroom, you can buy blinds to match the color of the blanket on the bed or pillows, as well as the color of the furniture upholstery
Such products will create a single and unique ensemble that will look very interesting.
- In the bedroom you can buy roller blinds with silver or gold patterns, which can be in the form of flowers, as well as in the form of interlacing of thin threads.
- Such blinds can be double - one part will have a darker shade, and the other will be lighter. This is a great option for a bedroom, because this way you can adjust the lighting in the room.
Nowadays, many buyers are replacing classic curtains and blinds with roller blinds. They point out that they are very easy to operate and do their job perfectly.Many buyers like day / night models, which allow you to adjust the lighting in any room. They write that they can tightly close the windows, or you can create natural daylight in the room using such a design.
Also, many people like closed-type blinds - they are very easy to use, the structure is quite easy to attach, and the curtains themselves can be lowered and raised without problems. Many people point out that they easily installed them on their own, because according to reviews, they are many times easier to hang than curtains. Also, many people install blinds in the nursery, since the child can independently cope with such a design. Also, those who live in attic-type houses really like such products, because inclined windows are almost impossible to curtain, and roll-up models allow you to do this. Users report that these items are a real godsend.
Separately, buyers emphasize the simplicity and ease of use of electric roller blinds. They write that they do not have to open them with threads, entangling themselves in them. In addition, such designs look very stylish and modern.
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