The phrase “roller shades” gets thrown out a lot as an option for window coverings, but just what are they? How do they differ from other options?
What Constitutes Roller Shades
Simply put, roller shades are very aptly named for their roll-up style. They are an unobtrusive window covering option. Attaching to the top of the window, they are a single, long sheet of material that pulls down. They are highly adjustable, meaning you can have your window completely covered, have the shades fully rolled up or only pulled down partially. They are easy to use and clean and match nicely with just about any room.
Best Use Types
Because of their clean and simple design, these shades are great for rooms you don’t need to have a statement window. They also allow for a lot of privacy when fully unrolled, so they are often placed in more private rooms, such as bedrooms. Roller shades come in a wide variety of materials, colors and patterns, ensuring a good fit just about anywhere. And, because they require only a simple pull, they are a great choice for accessibility needs.
How They Are Different From Other Window Treatments
Unlike blinds, roller shades are made of a single piece of material. Because of this, they have no slats and cannot be partially opened in the same way, only partially pulled down. They are also far shorter than curtains. And they pull down or roll up rather than tie off to the side.
Classic shades, too, often are comprised of folded fabric, creating a sort of honeycomb structure. Roller shades, however, are smooth and flat.