Roller blinds are counted among the most versatile kinds of blinds that you can buy in the market. They are available in a huge variety of colors, textures and finishes. You can pick the one that best suits your environment and décor. They also come in flame retardant, waterproof blinds and blackout varieties. Choose from the endless varieties of roller blinds to instantly transform the look and feel of your room.
The orientation of the roller blinds is often the topic of debate when it comes to the installation of these. There is no one perfect way to the way roller blinds go. Read on to know more about the topic before deciding which way is the perfect way to install roller blinds for you.
Standard Roll and Reverse Roll
In reality, the choice of whether to choose standard roll or reverse roll us is all a matter of personal taste and preference. There are some pros and cons that come with each orientation of the fabric. If your question is can you change the direction of a roller blind after installation, the answer is yes. Once you choose a particular fabric orientation, you need not stick to it forever. You can change it when the need arises with a minimal amount of effort and the most basic of tools in your toolbox.
Reverse roll, also called an under roll or front roll is when the roller blind fabric opens forwards towards the room. In this case, the fabric is positioned away from the window. To have a better idea, imagine a waterfall. There are many benefits of choosing this style.
• The front roll will hide the hardware and the top part of the window.
• If you have a window recess, you may want to install the roller blind in an inside mount. In such cases, this orientation of the fabric will help you clear obstructions like keys, locks and handles.
• The disadvantage to this style is that doing this will give you gaps between the fabric and the windows. In day time, this gap may allow light to pass through and you will not achieve a full blackout. A reverse roll roller blind is therefore best suited for living areas and areas that do not require much privacy.
A standard roll or back roll is when the fabric of your roller blind is placed backward on the tube. In this style of fabric orientation, the fabric is placed very close to the windows. This style comes with a set of advantages and disadvantages.
• One advantage is that this kind of fabric orientation provides excellent heat control.
• The standard roll gives the best light insulation too.
• It is best for areas like bedrooms and bathrooms as it answers to the privacy demands these areas make.
• The only disadvantage of this kind of installation is that when mounting the blinds in a recess of the window, it may obstruct the use of keys, locks and handles. If you have these in the way, it might be best to consider reverse rolling your roller blinds.
Switching Between Standard Roll and Reverse Roll
If you are wondering how to change the direction of roller blinds, you will find the answers here. But before you start, you must keep in mind that most roller blind fabrics are not the same on both sides. This means that the colors and textures on both sides may not be the same and it will cause the look of your room to differ slightly.
Follow the steps below to switch a reverse roll to a standard roll and vice versa.
• Remove the blinds from the brackets installed on the windows. This must be done carefully and gently. Any mishandling can cause parts to break or get damaged. Improper handling can also cause damage to the fabric of the blinds. Any such damage will mar the look of your blinds and may need professional help for repair and restoration.
• Hold the roll gently but firmly and remove the plug from one end. Now, move your hands to the other end and gently remove the plug there with the chain attached to it. This has to be done very carefully. If you are not able to remove the plugs using just your hands, you may use pliers. A flat head screwdriver may help you pry the plug a little and then you may use your fingers or a pair of pliers to remove it. Repeat on the other end.
• If the roller blinds are cordless, you will notice that on one end there is a round-shaped peg. On the other end, the plug will be shaped like a flat peg.
• Now, turn the roll. Make sure to do this in a way that the role aligns well with the keys that have the notches.
• Next, reinsert the plugs at the opposite ends of the roll or the roller blinds. You must make sure that the plugs lay fully flush with the edges. Tap on the plugs to achieve this.
• Now you can slowly re-insert the blinds into the brackets that are fixed on the windows. Again, this must be done with extreme care. Rough handling can cause the blind or the brackets to break or sustain damages.
• Once inserted, check for aesthetics and try to open and close the blinds a few times to make sure that they are working well.
One thing about following this method is that it will not reverse the hembar of your shade as the orientation of the hembar is fixed. However, this would give you a quick method of changing the orientation of your roller blinds if you need to clear a handle or space with a reverse roll, or if you are looking to get more light control with a standard roll.
“Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.”