Roller blinds are an extremely popular shade solution in Australia due to their ease-of-use and simplicity. They cater to a range of budgets, don’t get in the way, and only require a single sheet of fabric per window.

There are several things to consider when purchasing the shades, such as colour, transparency and mode of operation. This article will share everything you need to know about getting the best roller blinds for your property.

 

Different modes of operation

Chain

Child-safe chain operated shades are a popular option due to their ease-of-use. Simply pull on the chain to raise or lower the shades – the chain will stay within the window frame in order to prevent obstruction of your view.

Cordless

Cordless roller blinds utilise a spring mechanism to improve safety and ease-of-use. Its lack of a cord makes it appear simple, sleek and stylish – and worth the extra money!

Motorised

Motorised shades are the most luxurious option and are sure to impress your guests. They are remarkably easy to use, being activated by the press of a button on your remote control. They are also clean and sleek in appearance due to not having any hanging chains. They are typically powered by battery.

 

Types of shades

Blockout

Blockout shades are the perfect option for bedrooms and rooms in which total darkness is desired. This ensures privacy and the blocking out of sunlight in order to get a good night’s sleep (or day’s sleep, if you’re a shift worker!).

Sunscreen

Sunscreen roller blinds are suitable for rooms which use a lot of outside light and don’t require much privacy. As the name suggests, they let in a lot of sunlight. This makes them good for rooms like the study and living room.

Dual

Dual shades allow you to get the best of both worlds. They are created using a mix of sunscreen and blackout fabrics, which ensures that they let in the light during the day whilst blocking out the light at night time. This gives you greater control over the lighting in your home.

Light filter

These roller blinds let filtered sunlight inside, making them a good option for those who want something in between a sunscreen and a blackout fabric. They ensure that the room is not too dark and not too bright. You may want to use them in a kitchen or dining room.

 

Things to consider when buying online

It is important to be aware that purchasing roller blinds online will be a different experience to buying them in-person. Some things to know are:

  • There is a 30mm difference between buying your shades online and in-person, as the brackets will compensate for this after installation.
  • Your customisation options are huge – you can choose the colour of your bracket, rail and shade, as well as chain design and position.
  • The shades come on a reverse or standard roll, which determines whether it will roll away from or against the window.

How to maintain your roller blinds

Regardless of the mode of operation, the way you maintain your shades will be the same (although if you have a chain it is recommended to dust it occasionally using a cloth or feather duster). You should dust your shades regularly using a cloth or feather duster – this includes the brackets and back of the shade. This will prolong its lifespan by preventing the build-up of dust which can hinder operation. To remove fabric stains, dab a mix of washing liquid and warm water onto the shade using a sponge. Don’t use bleach as this can discolour the fabric.