With select Comfortex Envision Roman Shade fabrics, the clutter of cords visible to your neighbors is a thing of the past. The pleated liner is seperate from the back of the shade, and the cords rest between the liner and the roman shade fabric. This means the clean, tailored look of your shades isn’t dampened by knowing how they look outside your home. This option is available on both Flat Panel and Hobbled romans, so no matter what your style is, we have you and your strings covered. With Envision, your shades are beautiful from front to back.
Roller shades can bring style to any room with these three to help you order the right size.
1. Roller Shades are Ordered “Tip-to-Tip”
When you order a roller shade, the width you are ordering is that of the roller tube itself, from one tip to the other- even on an outside mount shade. This also means all inside mount roller shades, like the ones above, will have light gaps on the sides. These light gaps are typically more noticeable on blackout fabrics.
2. Even Outside Mount Shades Have Fabric Deductions
Since roller shades are ordered tip-to-tip, the fabric will always be about 1.5″ narrower than the tube. When you order a roller shade to be mounted on the outside of the window opening, you will need to add 1.5″ to the width of the window opening- then add the amount of overlap you would like to have on the width and the height. For example, if the window you are covering is 30″ wide and 30″ high, and you want to have 2″ of overlap on each side, you should order the shade in the dimensions 35.5″ wide and 34″ high.
3. Always Measure the Width at the Top of the Window for Inside Mount
Because roller shades have minimal deductions taken to the width of the roller tube, and the fabric is narrower than the roller tube, you only need to worry about measuring one place in your window for the width of your shade: the top of the casing. Measure the top of the window opening and round down to the nearest 1/8″, and use that measurement as your width. Since the bottom of the window is sometimes a different width than the top, measuring the top will give you the best fit for your width.
So pick up your metal tape measure, pencil, and paper. By remembering these three things, you can order a perfect fitting roller shade in a snap.
Ordering Roller shades can be a frustrating process. There are so many fabrics, technical terms, and options that the whole process can be overwhelming. Take a deep breath- and use this guide to find your dream roller shade.
1. Light Control
First you need to decide how much light control you need. Do you want to be able to see out while protecting your furnishings? Or do you want to make the room dark to enhance your home theatre experience? There are essentially three kinds on fabrics to choose from:
- Solar Screens
Solar screens keep a room bright by allowing light in and preserving your view while blocking most UV rays from damaging your furniture. Solar screens are displayed with their “Openness Factor”- the percentage of the weave that is open. The higher the openness factor, the more details you can see through the shade. Another thing to consider is the color of your solar screen. The human eye perceives light more easily through dark fabrics than light fabrics, so for an optimum view choose a dark color. Solar screens provide privacy in the daytime, but it’s important to note that you can see in at night as well as you see out during the day- so Solar Screens aren’t suitable for bathrooms or bedrooms, unless you are adding curtains for privacy.
- Light Filtering Fabrics
Light filtering fabrics come in a dazzling array of colors, patterns and textures certain to match any décor style. They allow light to enter and typically block all UV rays. The only time your privacy may be compromised is at night when the lights are on inside and you are standing directly in front of the shade, and then the only thing visible will be your shadow. Additionally, many light filtering fabrics meet GreenGuard or EcoTek standards for indoor air quality.
- Blackout or Room Darkening Fabrics
Most blackout fabrics are a dense polyester or vinyl for optimum light control. If you are trying to have total light control, it is best to mount your roller shade as an outside mount, since deductions on width for roller shades are larger than the deductions on other blinds and can result in dramatic light gaps. These gaps aren’t typically bothersome on light filtering or solar screen fabrics, but are very noticeable next to a blackout shade. Mounting on your wall allows you to overlap your window casing and almost eliminate light leaks.
2. Roll Direction
Just like paper towels, roller shades can come off the roller in two directions. “Standard Roll” means the fabric rolls off the back of the roller, so the fabric lays closer to the window. This is ideal for most mounting situations and reduces light gaps. “Reverse Roll” means the fabric rolls off the front of the roller, and is most commonly used to avoid an obstruction such as a window crank. It’s also useful when you don’t want a valance but don’t like the appearance of the roll.
3. Valance Choices
Most roller shades offer three types of valances: fascia, cassette, and square-corner valances. Fascias enclose the entire roller shade and have an industrial style. Cassettes cover the top and front of a roller and are curved, and are designed for residential settings. A square-corner valance is a PVC valance with a strip of roller shade fabric inserted for a coordinated look. Some roller shades offer fabric valances with scalloped trim for a more decorative, custom look.
4. Hem Choices
Roller shades are available with three different hem types. The most common is a hem pocket. The pocket hem has a wooden or aluminum bar sealed inside. Another common option is an external hem bar, available with or without a fabric wrap. You may also choose a decorative hem to match a decorative valance. The hem is in addition to the length of your shade, so if you order a 48” shade with a scalloped decorative hem, the hem will add as much as 6” to the length of your shade for a total length of 54”.
5. Lift Systems
This is often the most difficult choice when ordering roller shades. There are two common lift systems for roller shades, and one unique lift system offered by Bali.
- Continuous Cord Loop
The standard control system on most roller shades, the continuous cord loop is operated by a pulley-clutch with a plastic or stainless steel beaded chain. When the cord tensioner is installed properly, this option is safe for homes with children and allows the easiest operation of your shades. The clutch stops your shade when you stop pulling on the chain, ensuring precise positioning with ease. Something to take note of: manufacturers take an extra fabric deduction on the side of the shade with the control loop, so the light gap will be a little wider on that side.
- Cordless Lift
Cordless lift on a roller shade is controlled by a spring system. The quality of the spring system varies based on the manufacturer, so some economy line rollers will rise very quickly and loudly, while other rollers have a tensioning device that slows the speed of the shade as the bottom rail approaches the top of the window. This results in smoother, quieter operation. The height of the shade can be adjusted on cordless rollers by raising the shade completely and then pulling the shade down to the desired height. Cordless lift shades have the smallest light gaps of any roller shade and are child safe.
- Bali SmartPull
Available only on Bali Roller Shades, Bali’s Smart Pull system operates with a single pull cord that allows precise positioning of the shade while retracting back to a set length after each pull. This option is a convenient
alternative to continuous cord loop systems, but may be difficult for children or older adults to operate.
Deciding which features to use in your home is easy when you understand their uses and limitations. Join us next week for tips on how to order a perfect fitting roller shade!
Keeping the “Brrr!” Outside
Winter is upon us with a vengeance, and if you’re tired of walking around the house wrapped in a blanket, we’ve got some shiver-reducing tips that will have you warmed up in no time, while reducing the dreaded energy bill.
- Get Friendly with a Space Heater
At nighttime when the temperature outside plummets, it may seem like your heating system is powerless but your bill is limitless. The solution to your woes is simple- space heaters. They can be adjusted for individual comfort levels, so you don’t need to shiver for the sake of the easily overheated members of your family. By turning down your thermostat to the mid-sixties at night and turning up the space heaters in the bedrooms, you can save a chunk of change. For safety’s sake, though, please invest in new space heaters with concealed coils that turn off when tipped over. Have small children? Wait to turn on the heater until bedtime, and remove it from your children’s rooms in the morning to store the heater in a safe place.
2. Find the Draft and Plug It
Most drafts can be fixed in an hour or so, because they are the result of cracks in the seals in doors or windows. Your local home improvement store carries all the supplies to reseal these troublesome spots and it’s typically something that can be done with nothing more than a screwdriver. Have a draft coming in from a closet or wall? You may need to replace the insulation, and that is a project best left for warmer weather and professionals. In the meantime you can warm things up a bit with a decorative wall hanging- with the added bonus of a new look for the room!
3. Insulate Your Windows
Windows are the biggest heat loss in any home- whether it’s a skylight, a bedroom window, or a sliding door, it needs a covering that insulates. Try cellular shades- they are available in a wide selection of colors, styles, and fabrics to match any décor. In addition, they can be made to fit any window- skylight, arch, sliding door, angled top: no matter the challenge, there is a cellular shade to meet that challenge. If you don’t see what you’re looking for BlindSaver.com, call our Customer Service Team at 1-877-388-0336 and we will find the solution and build a custom quote just for you!
Have blinds or shades in place that you love, but leave you cold? Hang insulating curtains over them to keep you warm at night, and tie the curtains back during the day to enjoy the view (or your current blinds). Look for curtains labeled “Energy Smart” at Target or your favorite retailer. An added perk to this choice? You can change out the panels to suit the season or a shift in décor as needed, at very little cost.
With just a little of your time, you can trade your blanket for real comfort and enjoy the time inside with your family instead of shivering through it.
This versatile feature allows light in from the top while still offering privacy at eye-level on cellular, pleated, roman, and natural shades. An important consideration is whether you want this feature controlled with cords or without cords. Corded control is ideal when the top of the window is out of easy reach. This is most common above a sink or on a very tall window. Cordless top-down / bottom-up is perfect for children’s rooms and for any window where the top of the window will be within easy reach. Add this convenient feature for a great price today!