Which Fabric Orientation Is Right For You?
Most of the time it all comes down to your personal preference, much like the debate regarding toilet paper and scrunchers and folders.
However, Roller blinds do require planning for each room and each window as you may be limited to only being able to fit over roll or under roll depending on the following circumstances:
Privacy and Light
The first consideration is Privacy and Light. For example, if you are installing a roller blind on the front of your window in your bedroom, an “Face Fixed Over Rolled Blind” will position the fabric roughly 55-70mm away from the window. Mounting the blind and its fabric this far away from the window will allow light to enter at the side of the blind, and can also let people outside to see in your home through the gap.
On the other hand, an under rolled and face fixed blind will position the fabric closer to the window and which will do a better job at blocking out the light and provide more privacy with no-one being able to see inside your home. Usually, people who work night shifts and sleep through the day, or those who like to sleep an and are sensitive to light are better off under rolling the fabric, so less daylight enters the room while you sleep.
Obstructions and Window Clearance
Perhaps the most common reason people need to over roll a blind is to clear an obstruction on the window such as a Bar on the window, Sliding door handles, and Awning window winders to name a few.
Visual Aesthetics & Coloured Backings
Having your roller blinds under rolled can also have a visual impact. Many textured fabrics have a white backing to them and when the blind is under rolled the white can be seen at the top of the tube.
Some fabric suppliers try to use a backing colour that is similar to the primary/front fabric colour. For example, a textured brown fabric may have a plain brown backing however, it’s still quite distinguishable on an under rolled blind.
There are methods of hiding this such as getting pelmet boxes installed. If your blinds will not be concealed or you are not having a pelmet box then over roll may be a more suitable option for you.
Still not sure which one is right for you?
Don’t stress about over rolled blinds vs under rolled blinds! Decisions are not easy especially when you only plan on making them once. Feel free to call a member of the Flush Fitment team on 0484 561 107, and we would be happy to further discuss fabric orientation with you.