Roman Blinds - What are they?

Do-it-yourself roman blinds

Roman blinds

They say that the simplest designs are always the best and Roman blinds are no exception. As the name suggests, Roman blinds have been around for a great deal of time, indeed they were first used in the Coliseum in Rome.

Although Roman blinds today are a far cry from the damp cloths used to cover window openings and doorways in Ancient Rome, the basic premise is the same. The design is so simple and effective that it is has survived down the centuries.

Understandably for many people, Roman blinds are the only design worth considering. Noisy clanking slats are a thing of the past and tacky PVC pretenders are consigned to the history books. With Roman blinds you are left with nothing more than a sophisticated fabric, to be hung as you wish.

Roman blinds - what are they?

To keep it simple, a Roman blind is made from woven fabric which can be raised or lowered as you like. This is done by cords threaded through rings at the back. The result is either tear-drop shaped or flat folding depending on your wish for either an elegant or casual style. Roman blinds usually stand alone, although some people like to team them with drapes or a valance. Like drapes, they can give complete window coverage, but can also be raised out of the way when you want to achieve the full benefit of your window.

Roman blinds cover the full price range and what you pay depends mostly on the type of fabric you choose. Roman blinds are usually made from curtain material, but are also available in sheer fabric if you want something lighter. Anyone wanting to achieve a contemporary look won’t be disappointed as Roman blinds come in a variety of textured and patterned fabrics (you can even get them covered in glitter or made from denim).

Do it yourself Roman Blinds

If you are a DIY enthusiast and want something thoroughly original then it might be worth finding out how to make your own Roman blinds. There are many web-sites dedicated to this topic, so if you’re handy with a sewing machine and want something unique; then there’s nothing to hold you back.







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