Get Ready for Summer! Get 30% Off Your Entire Order. No Code Needed. Valid Through 05/23 Cannot be combined with other promotions


Get Ready for Summer! Get 30% Off Your Entire Order. No Code Needed. Valid Through 05/23 Cannot be combined with other promotions

How To Choose Between Reverse Roll and Standard Roll Blinds

January 25, 2022

How To Choose Between Reverse Roll and Standard Roll Blinds

When deciding on roller shades for your space, one of the most important considerations is which direction would prefer the blinds to roll. Modern window treatments like roller shades are a beautiful way to reduce glare, enhance privacy, and protect against UV rays, among other advantages. However, when it comes to light control, the direction in which the shade rolls matters a lot. 


You can’t go wrong with roller shades in general, but there are various options to choose from. Solar shades and blackout shades can both be installed either reverse roll or standard roll, it’s a preference based on a few factors. ShadeMonster will help break down the differences between reverse roll shades and regular roll shades so you can decide which is best for your space. 

reverse_roll_roller_sades

Reverse roller shades hide the roller tube and hardware, creating a smooth look without a valance. 

Reverse Roll vs Regular Roll

There are many benefits to both reverse roll and regular roll roller shades. Let’s highlight a few of their contrasting features to consider when making your choice: 

Reverse Roll Roller Shades 

  1. Shade fabric rolls over the roller tube 
  2. Fabric hides roller tube and hardware
  3. Allows for a greater gap between the fabric and window
  4. Achieve a smooth look without a valance 
  5. Perfect for spaces that don’t prioritize light control 

Regular Roll Roller Shades

  1. Shade fabric rolls under the roller tube
  2. Roller tube and hardware are exposed
  3. Minimal gap between the fabric and window 
  4. Add a window valance to look more polished
  5. Perfect for maximizing light control 

Reverse Roller Shades Create a Seamless Look 

If light control is not your number one priority when choosing window treatments, reverse roller shades are a top choice. Because the fabric rolls over the roller tube, it creates a clean, seamless look. The hardware and roller tube are concealed, which means there is no need for a valance. Since the fabric is in front of the tube, there will be a gap between the window and the roller shade. This will allow for more light to filter through the sides of the shade. Installing reverse roller shades over doors or windows with cranks will make it easier to slip through the gap to access the handles without raising the shade. Solar shades are a great option for reverse roller shades. 


standard_roll

Fabric flows behind the exposed tube when installed with standard roll. creating less of a gap between the shade and window and letting in less light.

 Maximize Protection with Standard Roll Roller Blinds

If you’re looking to maximize the light control in your space, it’s best to opt for standard roll roller shades. Since the fabric flows behind the roller tube, it hangs closer to the window and allows less light to pass through. Room darkening blinds like blackout shades are best installed as a standard roll to ensure light blockage. For a more industrial look, you can choose to leave the hardware exposed with standard roll. The picture above shows how the roller tube is exposed with standard roll roller shades. Looking for a more polished look? Add a valance to the top of your shade to hide all the hardware, as pictured below. 

roller_shades_valance

Adding a valance to standard roller shades hides the hardware and roller tube. This is not needed for reverse roll roller tubes. 


Still not sure which way to install your roller shades? Give us a call to speak with one of our experienced designers. ShadeMonster is here to help with all your window treatment questions! 


Why Trust ShadeMonster With Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster boats 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around. Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days! 

Still Need Help Deciding On Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster’s team of experts are happy to assist. Call now for free consultation: (866) 302-0258




Also in Articles

How to Style Your Home with Black Blinds
How to Style Your Home with Black Blinds

May 19, 2022

Are you decorating your home and looking for the newest trend in window treatments? No fear, we’re here! This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about black blinds and how to style them for your home. With these stylish and functional black blind ideas you'll be able to create a look that is both modern or sophisticated in no time at all.

View full article →

Blinds Vs Shades: How to Choose Based on Features, Needs, and Cost
Blinds Vs Shades: How to Choose Based on Features, Needs, and Cost

May 19, 2022

Blinds or shades? I

t can be confusing when you’re shopping for new window treatments and the words blinds and shades are used interchangeably. While they are both window treatments in function, they differ in style and operation.

ShadeMonster is here to help you understand the difference between blinds and shades and to choose which one is best for you. 

View full article →

What Are Best Blinds For Black Windows
What Are Best Blinds For Black Windows

May 18, 2022

A common question that arises with black windows is what are the best blinds for black windows? In this blog we’re going to discuss how to dress your black window frames and help you choose a timeless look for your space.

View full article →

Installation & Measuring Guide


Watch our videos!

Installation & Measuring Guide

Want to hire a professional?

We can pair you up with one of our vetted professionals to visit your home and measure your windows.

Find a Pro