Previously, roller shutters were used exclusively for shopping pavilions, garages and kiosks - there was no such thing as toilet blinds. The situation has changed these days. In our review, we will consider the basic rules for installing roller shutters in a bathroom and introduce readers to the criteria for choosing such interior elements.
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At first glance, the idea of installing roller shutters in a closed space without windows may seem strange. We are used to seeing them on the windows and doors of trade pavilions and institutions - there they perform protective function. In the bathroom, the blinds are used to cover up unaesthetic engineering communications. Sanitary-technical roller shutters appeared on sale relatively recently, but quickly became popular.
Today they represent one of the best ways to disguise the filter, water heater, water and sewer pipes, valves, as well as meters - thus, the interior of the toilet room becomes more aesthetic and stylish. Using roller shutters in the bathroom is not only stylish, but also very practical:
- closed rollers do not leave gaps, so the room is protected from drafts - this helps to retain heat inside the sanitary room;
- the design provides good sound insulation;
- in most cases, hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly materials are used for the manufacture of blinds;
- roller shutters are made of moisture-resistant material, so they have a long operating period;
- blinds well mask all engineering and technical communications and at the same time leave the possibility of unhindered access to them;
- roller shutters do not “eat up” an already small space;
- provide the opportunity to choose a color palette, texture and stylistic design - thus, each owner can purchase a model that optimally matches the features of the bathroom interior;
- roller shutters are easy to wash and clean.
A pleasant bonus to such an impressive list of advantages is affordable price. Not without disadvantages… So, today a large number of low-quality goods are presented on the market. In addition, equipment installation companies often install them incorrectly, so the lifespan of such blinds is significantly reduced.
Obviously, roller shutters are a good solution for a bathroom and a bathroom, however, it is very important to choose the right model and entrust the installation of the product to professionals.
Modern industry offers a wide range of roller shutters - on sale you can find vertical and horizontal, furniture models, for a riser and many others. Despite the fact that they perform the same role in the bathroom, they nevertheless have their own differences.
By control mechanism
Depending on the roller shutter control method, such models are distinguished
With electric drive… It is usually represented by an electric motor with a built-in electromagnetic brake, as well as a gearbox and switches. The drive is hidden in the box and is located inside the shaft, the movement to the sides is carried out due to the actions of the intra-shaft electric drive. In the process of opening and closing the roller shutters, he takes over the responsibility for winding and unwinding the curtain.For unforeseen situations, such roller blinds provide a manual mechanism
Models with spring-inertia mechanism - these roller shutters are classified as mechanical products. Thanks to a torsion spring fixed on the shaft, the roller shutter curtain rises quickly, while its lowering is carried out due to the action of its own weight
Manual models - in this case, there is no torsion spring, and the louvers are lifted by hand. These roller shutters have a variety of drive options, some roller shutters have a belt drive, while others have a rotating handle with a cord stacker
In the manufacture of bathroom shutters, the same models are used as for the manufacture of window and door installations
Most in demand plastic… Its main advantage is ease of maintenance and affordable price, these roller shutters do not rust, molds do not appear on them, they are lightweight. Today, plastic products are offered in a variety of colors, so that each customer can easily choose the best products for the bathroom interior. A small disadvantage is the comparative fragility of the material, as well as a short operational period of the structure
More expensive materials are considered aluminum jalousie. They are easy to clean, their surface is resistant to light mechanical damage. As a rule, they are coated with a hydro-resistant compound
The advantages can also be attributed to the low weight of the structure and strength, which allows them to be used for a long time.
Stainless steel - one of the most durable types of roller shutters, which is not afraid of corrosion. Such products have a fairly high cost, therefore, the scope of their use mainly extends to public bathrooms
Wooden roller shutters did not find widespread use due to their high cost, as well as the tendency to deformation of materials when used in rooms with high humidity. In order for such rollers to serve as long as possible, it is recommended to cover them with special waterproof compounds from time to time
As practice shows, the user in most cases gives preference to aluminum curtains - strength speaks in their favor, as well as durability and affordable cost.
Roller shutters can vary in size. So, if the doorway is less than 50 cm, then only belt-operated models are allowed here. With a wider opening, spring products are used. For models with manual control, the minimum width is 45 cm, for products on the machine, this parameter is increased to 60 cm, while the guides are usually presented in sizes 53x22 or 53x60.
Boxes are usually produced in standard sizes:
- 1.37х1.37 m - shutter heights less than 1.6 m;
- 1.5 x 1.5 m - for models up to 2 m high;
- 1.65 × 1.65 m - for roller shutters within 2.9 m.
Usually the choice of the buyer is made on the basis of measurements of the parameters of the bathroom.
Color palette and design
Bathrooms, as you know, are distinguished by high humidity, so they are most often used here. roller shutters with polymer coating. It does not fade, withstands moisture, temperature fluctuations and retains a presentable appearance for a long time.
In the classic version, they are mainly represented by white models. - this particular shade is considered the most popular. However, these days the market requires the presence of a variety of color scheme, so a lot of multi-colored items appeared on sale. As a rule, they are selected taking into account the general stylistic solution of the bathroom or focusing on its individual elements.
Solid color models, whether they are white or some other color, are usually in the same price range. An order of magnitude higher price for designs with photo printing - this is not surprising, because photo printing on roller shutters is considered an ideal design solution that can attract attention and add comfort to the room. Thanks to the development of modern technologies, today it has become possible to apply any original designs to the surface of roller shutters so that they optimally match the individual style of the bathroom.
Models with perforations and colored or mirror inserts look very interesting in the interior.
There are few manufacturers of fabrics for roller blinds on the Russian market, the most popular are the products of three companies
Alutech - a Belarusian-German enterprise with its own trade offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, as well as in Minsk and Kiev. The company offers a wide range of aluminum profiles for roller shutters; it is popular due to the high quality of its products and its compliance with the strictest European standards
Alulux - German manufacturers supplying a wide range of high-quality aluminum profiles to the Russian market. It comes to our country directly from Germany through a system of dealerships
Veka Is another German corporation with subsidiaries in Brazil, France, as well as Poland, Great Britain and the United States. Recognized as the absolute world leader in the production of profiles for PVC roller blinds
All companies manufacture their products in exceptional quality, but, unfortunately, roller shutters under the brands Alulux and Alutech cannot be found in all Russian regions. The company rolls are of good quality. Levin-Group.
How to choose?
Before purchasing roller blinds for a toilet, you need to decide on their individual parameters
- First of all, you need to choose a mechanism for lifting the blinds.
- After that, think over the color scheme, as well as choose the material from which your future roller shutters will be made.
- Particular attention should be paid to the choice of profile filler.
- Also answer the question, how will your structure be controlled - manually or automatically?
How to install?
Ideally, it is better to install roller shutters even at the stage of repair before finishing the walls, then you can avoid the appearance of cracks. Most often, blinds are mounted on the side wall, they are also placed behind the toilet or used as the shutters of a plumbing cabinet. Usually, the installation of such a structure takes no more than two to three hours. The installation can be entrusted to specialists or, if you have some skills in working with the tool, you can do it yourself.
It is imperative that the container is correctly positioned and that the rails are secured.
In order to avoid skewing the roller shutters, it is necessary to make the markings as accurately as possible. Please note that the movement of the curtain should not impede access to nearby objects, since sooner or later you will have to take meter readings, repair pipes and perform some other types of work. There are three main options for installing such louvered structures.
- Box inside. This is the best option, since the box in this case is attached inside, it is invisible from the side. Installation is carried out before finishing work, so that the subsequent wall cladding allows you to hide it.
- The box is out. If the pipes are located next to the opening, you can try to install the box outside - in this case, it is fixed on top of the tile.
- Overlay. Such an installation is performed in the presence of any thin-walled bases, for example, gypsum board. In this case, the box itself is placed outside and the lower profile is fixed. This method does not provide for fixing to the ceiling, the box is placed in the guides from below - this gives the blinds special reliability and practicality.
For complete instructions on how to install roller shutters in the toilet, see the following video.