What should you know when shopping for a roller shade? Well I’ll tell you. Roller shades are great for everyday window treatments whether you are trying to achieve a simple or an elegant look. They come in several materials ranging from vinyl to fabric. If you’re looking for something simple to clean and wipe down, vinyl may be a better choice. They are also good for durability in bathrooms, kitchens, and children’s rooms. On the other hand, fabric is great for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms, as it gives the room a softer look. They are sleek, yet elegant since when drawn up they can disappear behind a valance or decorative curtain.
If you want to create even more of a designer look you can add fringes to the bottom of the shades in different designs. You can also choose for the shades to have a cord or not. Those options are called a sidewinder(cord) or spring-loaded(cordless). The benefits for sidewinders are obvious with big windows because it makes it easier for the blind to function, open and close. The spring-loaded is harder for bigger windows due to the spring potentially snapping back up at you. The spring-loaded version, however, is great if you have kids and cord safety is a concern.
There is also an option to have the blind mounted two different ways, front mounted or reverse mounted. Reverse mounted is better if you are trying to achieve a clean look without adding a valance. The more affordable option however is to get a front mounted roller. Regardless of the mount, each roller shade has material wrapped around durable metal tubing, thus the blind can withstand the test of time. And if not, that’s what the warranty on the mechanisms is for.