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What is the best fabric for Roman blinds? A buyers guide

An ever-popular method of sprucing up living spaces, made to measure Roman blinds have become the talk of the town in contemporary home design.


What is the best fabric for Roman blinds? A buyers guide

An ever-popular method of sprucing up living spaces, made to measure Roman blinds have become the talk of the town in contemporary home design.

Constructed with a single piece of flat fabric, Roman blinds offer a cost-effective window covering in comparison to costly alternatives (we’re looking at you, curtains).

But what is the best fabric for your new Roman blinds? Well, in this post, We Love Blinds aims to answer that very question. We’ll cover (see what we did there?) everything you need to know about Roman blind fabric to help you make the right choice for you and your home.

How to make Roman blinds?

Before we get into fabric choices, it’s useful to gain a better understanding of how Roman blinds are constructed.

It’s pretty simple, really: Roman blinds have a lining attached to the back of the fabric to form a sealed pocket. Pull cords are then attached to this pocket for raising and lowering the blinds. When raised, the fabric folds in on itself, resulting in several layers of cascade folds which appear at the top of the window. These folds (or pleats) are created by inserting multiple rods (or dowels) into the channels of the fabric at equal distances from each other. When lowered, the fabric is stretched, undoing the horizontal folds so that the entire window is covered.

Does fabric type matter?

In short: Yes. Although Roman blinds can be made from a wide range of fabrics, including plain, block colours or patterned alternatives, it’s imperative that they fit with the decor of your room. The ultimate goal of Roman blinds is to enhance your living space in a way that is conducive with the atmosphere you want to achieve. Simply adding any old Roman blind without prior planning and colour matching can actually detract from your room aesthetics — and no one wants that!

What are the best fabrics for Roman blinds?

As alluded to in the previous section, the perfect Roman blind fabric will depend on the atmosphere you wish to achieve. For example, if you want a room with a light and airy look and feel, lightweight cottons and linens, such as Asina and Cole, will do just the trick. However, if you want a more robust and textured blackout Roman blind, we recommend sticking to curtain-style fabrics, such as Nova and Ridge. Each and every Roman blind fabric at WeLoveBlinds is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, so we’re bound to have just what you’re looking for.

What are the worst fabrics for Roman blinds?

So now you know what to look out for, let’s focus on what fabrics to avoid. See below a list of the worst fabrics for Roman blinds:

  • Upholstery - These fabrics are durable and robust; however, their extra weight makes them stiff; thus affecting neatness of the cascade folds.
  • PVC - The surface of waterproof fabrics, such as PVC, creates an excess of friction, causing a sticky effect that hinders the proper function of the blinds — not to mention the annoyingly lingering, hair-raising static that is produced. 
  • Silk - Pure silk has a tendency to fade when exposed to sunlight and moisture.
  • Faux leather - Much like upholstery fabrics, faux leather is too thick to produce neat folds and, despite its extra weight, has a tendency to tear and rip.
  • Stretch knit material - As it isn’t possible to cut stretch knit material into precise straight edges, it is therefore unsuitable for constructing Roman blinds.

Made to measure Roman blinds at WeLoveBlinds.com

There you have it! Our top tips on choosing fabric for your new Roman blinds. To view our extensive collection, visit our Roman Blinds page at WeLoveBlinds.com and order online for fast delivery to the UK and Ireland.

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