Roller blinds: A complete guide

Roller blinds: A complete guide

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Versatile, hard wearing and cost-effective - it’s no wonder roller blinds are a favourite in Kiwi homes. They can provide great benefits in privacy, temperature and light control and their minimal design gives a clean and crisp finish to your décor.

To help you decide whether roller blinds are the right choice for you, we’ve put together this handy guide breaking down everything you need to know including the different types of roller blinds, options for motorisation, and ways you can customise your blinds to suit your home.

So, let’s dive in!

Types of roller blinds

Sun-filter blinds

Sun-filter roller blinds are ideal for daytime privacy and light control. They can block up to 90% of UV light coming through your windows, reducing heat and glare and protecting your furniture from the sun's harsh rays.

They have a perforated design, which means during the day you can see out, but the neighbours can’t see in. Be aware though that these blinds are not as effective at night, as the one-way properties are reversed when the lights go on.

Sun filter roller blinds kitchen

Blockout roller blinds

Blockout fabric doesn’t let any light through, making this a good option for bedrooms. Raise your blinds during the day and close them at night for complete privacy.

These blinds are also available with a flocked back to provide further heat retention and light control. Note: if a very dark room is essential, we recommend outside fitting your blinds (more on that further on).

Blockout roller blinds bedroom

Light filter blinds

Meet in the middle: light-filter blinds are a compromise between sun-filter and blockout fabrics. Unlike sun-filter blinds, they are not see-through but they do allow diffused daytime light into the room.

At night they still provide a level of privacy, although their semi-translucent design means silhouettes will be visible.

Light filter roller blinds living room

Dual roller blinds

With this option, two roller blinds are fitted on a double bracket allowing you to combine fabrics e.g. sun-filters for daytime privacy + blockout blinds for a good night’s sleep.

Note these will sit out a little further from the window frame than a single bracket, so may not work in some tight spaces.

Double roller blinds

Look the part

When it comes to blinds, you don’t need to stick to plain neutrals. Our blockout rollers come in a range of colours, textures and even patterns like the one below.

Sun-filter blinds also come in a variety of colours to suit your interior, plus a range of light filtration levels.

For the finishing touch, choose from a range of bottom rails and chain controls to complement your blinds. You can also choose which side your chain hangs from, ensuring it’s within easy reach.

Patterned roller blind for a kid’s room

Inside or outside fit?

When hanging your blinds we have the option of fitting them either inside or outside the window frame. Most of the roller blinds we install are inside fit, as this gives a streamlined look that appeals to many of our customers.

However, there are some situations where you might choose to outside fit your blinds - for example, if the window recess isn’t deep enough to fit a bracket in.

Fitting blinds outside the window frame also blocks more light, as more of the window is covered when the blinds are lowered. If you need a darker room for sleep, this might be the better choice for your bedrooms.

Inside vs outside fit roller blinds

Front or back roll?

Generally speaking, back rolled blinds will provide better light control than the front rolled alternative. This is because the closer your blind sits to the windowpane, the better chance you have to reduce the amount of light leaking in around the sides. Reducing the gap between the blind and the glass also provides better insulation and privacy.

But there are instances where front rolled blinds might prove the better solution: for example, if there are handles or hardware that might obstruct the blind it it were back rolled, or if you have a fabric that has a different coloured backing (as this will be visible on the rolled up portion of the blind if you back roll it).

Your sales consultant can chat to you about the best option for your place at the time of your consultation.

Front vs back rolled roller blinds

A note on child safety

For child safety, we recommend fixing the roller blind chain to your window jamb with a chain tidy. This holds the chain securely so children aren’t able to pull it away from the window or become entangled.


Automation is a great option for rooms with multiple blinds, hard-to-reach windows and areas where you want a clean finish free of any dangling chains.

Open and close your blinds at the touch of a button with a remote or mobile app - or add them to your home automation system. Motors can be either electric (hard-wired) or rechargeable battery operated.

Motorisation is an option for the large majority of our roller blinds; there are some minimum and maximum size requirements which we can chat to you about during your consultation.

Raise or lower your blinds with a remote or app

Cleaning & maintenance

Part of the appeal of roller blinds is that they are very low maintenance and easy to clean. This makes them great for frequently used spaces as well as wet areas like bathrooms.

To clean them, simply wipe the fabric with a damp cloth or soapy water where there are greasy marks. Allow to fully dry before rolling up.

Kiwi-made quality you can trust

We work with New Zealand's leading suppliers to offer a comprehensive product range. Your roller blinds are Kiwi-made, for quality that stands the test of time and provides long-term value.

Need help choosing the right product and material for your space? Get in touch today; our experienced team is here to help.