Roller blinds have always been a popular choice for budget conscious home owners and young graduates moving into new apartments. But now with the advent of trendy, custom designed blinds more and more people are deciding to choose roller blinds over the myriad of other window treatments. So what are the reasons for their long lasting popularity?
Affordability – Roller blinds are a fairly simple design and come in varying fabrics, which means they’ve always been attainable to even the most price aware buyers. The installation costs are also extremely low, as compared to wooden venetian blinds for example. In fact rather than having to hire specialist blind fitters it would suffice to get a competent handyman to do the same job for a fraction of the price.
Simple Mechanism – Roller blinds are made with a simple roller which the fabric wraps around. This is connected to a simple pulley system which young or old can use. The simple mechanism means the blinds can be “opened” in a matter of seconds, flooding the room with light, or alternatively can be “closed” just as quickly ensuring privacy is established within seconds. This simple system means there’s little chance of anything going wrong, however if repairs are necessary it usually requires someone with basic DIY skills to fix it.
Great selection – The choice of fabrics is vast for these blinds and offer great convenience to the discerning homeowner. For bathrooms or kitchens you could buy “washable” fabrics like vinyl etc. However for other areas of the house you could choose anything from velvet and silks to cotton and polyester, depending on the budget and style required. In the last few years there’s been an explosion of young designers creating awesome patterns and funky styles at extremely affordable prices. These are great for student apartments, children’s bedrooms or even for daring individuals’ lounges.
Cleaning and Maintenance – Roller blinds are the easiest of all window treatments to maintain. Think of your curtains that need to be unhooked and washed either in the machine or even to be professionally dry cleaned. Or how about wooden venetian blinds that need special polishes and regular coats of varnish to ensure they keep their lustre. Roller blinds are a dream in comparison to all these. All they need is a few wipes with a soft brush to remove any dust and another rub down with a damp cloth to remove any of the more stubborn stains. Instead of spending hours maintaining other window treatments on a regular basis – these blinds only need a few minutes each every couple of weeks to ensure they keep looking as great as they did when you first bought them.