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Standard Versus Reverse Roller Blinds – Which Is The Right Way?

Whilst hanging toilet paper on the dispenser so that it releases either over or under will always be a matter of personal preference, the same cannot be said for hanging blinds. There are actually plenty of practical reasons for choosing standard or reverse roller blinds, so deciding between the two can be a real challenge. Is blocking light more important to you? Or is the appearance? We hope that this article helps you to decide!

Standard Roll

This is the most common option – the fabric rolls backwards, close to the pane of glass. Having the blind as close to the glass as possible allows it to block the most amount of light and affords the homeowner with the most privacy. These sorts of roller blinds are recommended for small reveals (meaning that the depth of the window is shallow) because it gets the fabric farther inside the opening – otherwise, the fabric will feel like it’s floating in the room.

The downside of this option is that the roll and the hardware are visible, which is a look that some homeowners really don’t like. If this is how you feel, a valance can be used to hide the roll. This offers the most finished look but most definitely increases the overall cost (in some cases, it can double the cost). Plus, valances also cover up any decorative moulding, which can be off-putting for some homeowners (particularly those with period style homes).

Reverse Roll

An option that is lesser known – the fabric comes over the front of the roller, away from the pane of glass. You don’t see the fabric on the tube, which creates a more finished look without the need for a valance. This option is often chosen for blinds that have different colours on either side of the fabric – such as blackout shades that have white on one side and a colour on the other (a standard roll would mean that white is visible on the tube but colour hangs down).

Whilst a valance could easily conceal this issue, it’s an added cost and might look too fussy in a minimalist home. Reverse roller blinds are also a good option if you need to clear an obstruction, such as a window crank or a door handle, because the fabric hangs away from the surface of the glass. If light is an issue, curtains can be added either side to prevent it from passing through. Side channels can be used for similar effect, but they will also increase the cost.

So, which is right?

At the end of the day, there is no right and wrong choice when it comes to the way that the roll is hung. Ultimately, it will depend on the look you’re going for and how important light control or privacy are. If your situation fits into one of the descriptions outlined above, we recommend choosing to hang your blinds in the way described. If your situation could fit into either option, choose the one that you find the most attractive.

We hope that the information provided here has helped you to decide whether standard or reverse roller blinds are the best choice for your home. Although there is no wrong and right way, there are a number of things that you need to consider when making your final decision. If you’re still having trouble reaching a conclusion, we recommend speaking with a window furnishing specialist – they will take your needs and wants into account.

Energy Window Fashions provide all types of blinds including roman, roller, venetian, and vertical blinds in Melbourne, Australia.