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Roman blinds- all you need to know

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

Roman blinds

Roman blinds are designed to lay flat when shut and sit pleated when open. They are usually fitted within the recess of the window but can be fitted in front of this to lay flat against the wall.

They are operated by a continuous loop chain pulley system that is attached to either side of the headrail (see safety features below).

They can create a simple, yet sophisticated look and take up less space than curtains. They provide shade from the light, thermal insulation for the room and privacy for you.

Pelmets and motorised operating systems are available on request.

How do they work:

A material of your choosing is lined to form a pocket. Within this pocket, horizontal rods are sewn at intervals down the length on the blinds, cords are attached to these rods on the reverse of the blind which in turn are attached to the pulley mechanism. When the pulley mechanism is operated, the cords pull the rods up evenly to create pleats that are neatly stacked at the top of the window.

Roman blinds need to be made to measure to get a tight covering of the window to prevent gaps that will allow light in and reduce the thermal properties of the blind.

Shading Solutions will measure your window for free as part of the service and can offer a wide range of materials to compliment the design of the room. Materials are made from a combination of cotton, viscose, polyester or wool. Specific material make up is available on request.

Recommended room:


Living rooms


Dining rooms

Rooms that are not going to be exposed to high levels of moisture and grease i.e. bathrooms and kitchens.

Safety features:

Breakaway control wheel

Every blind is fitted with a break away cord clip that pops the control wheel out when the chain is pulled under excessive force resulting in the cause of the force to be free from the blind allowing them to drop to the floor. The control wheel is replaced easily by gently popping it back into place. The below video shows this in action.

Similarly, the cord attachments on the reverse of the blind use breakaway clips that again are easily replaced by clipping back into position.

Lining options:

Black out lining- Fitted as standard to all blinds. These prevent light from penetrating through the material.

Standard lining- Will allow some light through. This is a slightly cheaper option ideal for rooms where light levels are less of a problem.

Fire retardant- available as standard or blackout. Looks and feels just as lovely as our standard linings but with the additional safety levels of being flame retardant, ideal for both commercial and domestic settings.

Fused interlining- includes an additional layer of lining to increase the thermal properties of the blind.

Looking after your roman blind:

Roman blinds are best maintained by regular hoovering using the upholstery/ brush attachment on the nozzle. Start at the top brushing in a downwards motion until the whole blind has been covered, concentrate on the seems where dust is more likely to get trapped.

For dirty marks on the material, spot cleaning is best using a damp cloth. If using detergents, test on a hidden section before application.

Due to the design of the blind, it is very difficult to put your blind into a machine to wash. You would have to unpick the stitching to remove the rods and then sew them back into place afterwards. We do not recommend this as the structure of the blind and therefore the finished look may be altered.

Matching cushions:

Cushions made to match your blind available in 3 sizes:

400mm x 400mm

300mm x 500mm

600mm x 600mm

If you are interested in roman blinds for your home or work place, get in touch to arrange a free, no obligation measuring and consultation appointment.


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