What Are Roman Blinds and How Do You Measure Them?

Roman blinds are blinds made of single pieces of fabric. They come in many different textures and patterns. A metal support like a stiff rod keeps the material down and folds it up when the blinds are raised. This creates the unique hobbled look associated with Roman blinds when lifted, and the teardrop style when dropped. Usually, the fabric is medium to light weight and it is fitted to aluminum head rails. Often, the material is somewhat translucent, not unlike the fabric used in curtains. While their official role is to give people privacy and light control, they are also very much a decoration item that enhances the overall décor of a home.

Sometimes, manufacturers include reeds or bamboo in Roman blinds. This is because these materials help to cool the air. Plus, they make the home look slightly more Oriental. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that many Roman blinds designs are Chinese, Sumatran or Japanese. Particularly in Roman blinds that contain bamboo, manufacturers go through a lot of trouble to keep the natural feel of the material. They often dry the bamboo for a period of at least six months, which creates a unique tortoise shell pattern. Of course, these blinds are also slightly more expensive.

Roman Blind Measurements

In almost all cases, Roman blinds are custom made. This is because you cannot cut fabric and leave it looking beautiful, unless you are an excellent sewer yourself. Often, they are stitched by hand, although the cheaper ones are made by machine. It is also becoming more and more popular to buy kits that allow people to design their own Roman blinds from start to finish.

Because these blinds are custom made, it is very important to get the measurements right. If you are not sure about what you are doing, it would be better to ask a professional to come do it for you. Usually, when you purchase your blinds, you will be provided with instructions on how to take measurements, and this will also explain that you have different choices in terms of where to hang your blinds. Usually, you can choose to hang them inside the recess of your window, or on the face of the window. This requires two very different sets of measurements. As a rule of thumb, you always have to measure in millimeters, even if you are not used to working with the metric system.

Choosing Roman blinds is a decision not to be taken lightly. They have the potential to really enhance the look and feel of a home, so it is important to carefully consider the material, style and design of the blinds, as well as where you will hang them. As Roman blinds are also often slightly more expensive than other types of blinds, you may also want to consider getting them in a neutral color. That way, if you ever want to change the décor of your property, they will still match.

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