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 youâ€™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 childrenâ€™s rooms.Â 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 addÂ 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.Â 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, thatâ€™s what the warranty on the mechanisms is for.