Roll direction – roller blinds
Roller blinds may be ordered as either front roll or back roll as shown below. To help decide which option you prefer please consider the following:
- In the case of an inside fit the fabric sits further back in the window thereby blocking more light – this is good for windows where the frame is quite shallow
- More aesthetically appealing as the roll is hidden behind the blind
- You need to be more careful when pulling the blind up or down so as not to rub the chain on the fabric – this can lead to the fabric fraying
- Use front roll for outside fits where the blind needs to clear the window frame / architrave
We are able to make blinds up to the following widths:
- Roller blinds: 2,950mm
- Wooden blinds: 2,850mm
- Vertical blinds: 5,000mm
- Aluminium blinds: 3,000mm
If your window is larger than this you will need to split the window into two or three blinds. We suggest that you split the blinds where there is a mullion (wood or aluminium vertical divider between windows) in the window.
All blinds have controls on the left or right to operate the blind, lift and lower and tilt, so you need to decide which side is the most convenient for the controls to go on. Take into consideration things such as the position of furniture in the room, window or slider openings (so the chains don’t flap in the wind) and which side you tend to access a window from.
If a window is relatively high then you may want to consider making the chain longer so that it is at a convenient height to operate the blind. Standing next to the window work out what would be the most convenient length of the control for you to operate the blind from.
The control length is measured from the top of window down, so if it is an inside fit place your measuring tape on the inside of the frame at the top and measure down finding a measurement that will make the blind easy to operate.
Large Windows with Sliding Doors
If you have a large window with a sliding door you will need to carefully consider how to fit the blinds and the type of blinds you are going to install in this window to ensure the ideal operation and function of the blinds and the sliding door.
The key considerations for fitting and measuring the window where an inside fit is preferred are as follows:
- Is there sufficient room on the inside of the window frame so that the moving frame of the sliding door does not interfere with the blinds
- Will the door handle interfere with the operation of the blinds
- Should the window be split into two or three blinds so that the blind covering the sliding door can be operated independently of the other blind(s)
- The blinds will reduce the headroom in the sliding door to some degree. When the blind is raised (or stacked to the side in the case of vertical blinds) will this create any problems for people walking in and out of the sliding door. The reduction in headroom is approximately as follows:
- Roller Blinds: 70mm
- Vertical Blinds: 50mm
- Wooden Blinds: Drop (mm) 2,000 2,200 2,400
Stack height (mm) 230 245 260
Sometimes it may be necessary to fit the blind(s) to the outside of the window frame or wall to achieve adequate clearance.