Roller Blinds: Choosing The Right Blinds

Unveiling the Art of Selecting Perfect Roller Blinds for Style and Functionality

In this day and age, the range of window furnishings you can choose from is ever-increasing. From roller blinds to curtains and even new, innovative designs like Veri shades – a large variety of window furnishings are flooding the market. With so many options available, it may be difficult to decide on the best window furnishing for your property. Watson Blinds is here to help you out, and we’ll do so by highlighting some of the most popular options on the Australian market. In this article, we will be focussing on roller blinds, filling you in on what makes these window furnishings so great and why they are a strong contender.

Roller blinds are an excellent choice for almost any household or commercial set-up – and we’ve worked hard to create a wide range of trusty, hardworking, durable roller blinds with several features that can fit the unique specifications of our clientele. Not only do our Australian clients provide us with great feedback on our roller blinds, but their support in this sector has encouraged us to continue designing and developing our range.

Roller Blinds: The Watson Blinds Range

In order for us to consider a variety of factors in relation to roller blinds, it is important for us to first understand what roller blinds are, how they work, and the range housed by Watson Blinds. 

Defining The Roller Blind

Although different manufacturers and interior decorators may have slight variations on how to define a roller blind, since we’re considering our specific range of Watson Blinds in this article, we’re going to use our own definition. 

According to our website, the roller blind is a sleek and simple window furnishing with the ability to transform any room, is easy to pull down for privacy and even easier to roll up for an influx of natural light. Our advanced fabric technology allows Watson roller blinds to act as great insulators as well.


The Watson Range

Our blinds are all locally manufactured in Canberra and are made to withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions. With this in mind, we’ve developed a number of roller blind options that work to suit your individual needs.

  • Blockout Rollers:

    The ultimate option for privacy and absolute light control. Made to completely block out the sun, these are also the best insulating option, allowing for great room temperature control. 

  • Sunscreen Rollers:

    This option is about halfway between blockout and light filtering roller blinds. They allow natural light to filter in, while still providing privacy during the day. They also provide some insulation, although not as strongly as the blockout rollers. 

  • Light Filter Rollers:

    These are most popular in common rooms or commercial setups, as they work as a window covering that allows sunlight to gently filter into the room. While this option does not offer view-through capabilities, it is a great way to let the light in softly while still protecting your furniture from harmful UV rays.

  • Combo Rollers:

    If the sunscreen rollers were a halfway point, then our combo rollers are the best of both worlds. Meaning you do not have to compromise in terms of view and privacy. The combo roller has two different fabric sheets operating on the same system, so you can switch between a sunscreen option or a blockout option as and when the need arises.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Roller Blinds

Now that we’ve looked at not only what roller blinds are, but also how versatile the Watson Blinds range can be, we can move on to the most critical aspect of this article; namely, what factors you should consider when choosing the right roller blinds for your house, private rooms or commercial space. 

Before we dig deeper, it’s important to remember that thanks to our advanced fabric technology, our roller blinds are made to suit the Australian environment. As we saw above, not only do they allow for a range of light filtering options, they also act as great insulators, allowing you to save money on your energy bills. 

1. Room-Specific Considerations:

Before heading to the Watson Blinds website to begin picking out your perfect roller blinds, you should first consider the area in which you want to have them installed. Are you planning to have them in a more public place, like a commercial office space or living room where light filtering is more important, or are you considering them for your bathroom or bedroom, where privacy takes precedence?

 2. Size And Dimensions:

Did you know that glass windows by themselves are one of the weakest insulators and account for approximately 30% of heat loss in a room? Therefore, when considering roller blinds, it’s important to understand the size of the windows you want to have furnished. Larger windows account for greater heat loss, in which blockout or combo roller blinds may be the better option, as they are stronger choices. 

At Watson Blinds, we make our blinds custom to fit your window space. That means that no matter the size, we can design a roller blind to fit right in.

3. Privacy And Light Control: 

In the same way that it’s important to understand what the requirements of the targeted room are, it’s also important to understand how much light control and privacy you’re looking for. As we’ve already mentioned, our custom designs and advanced fabric technology means that we can provide you with a range of light filtering and privacy options. Visiting our website and downloading our brochure can help you get a better idea of what the perfect lighting and privacy for your space may be – after which we can make the perfect blinds to order. 

4. Style And Design: 

Last but not least, it’s also key that you consider the overall style and aesthetic of the room you’re considering roller blinds for. Not only do we, at Watson Blinds have a great variety of blind features, but we also have an extensive library of material designs to choose from. We understand that when installing window blinds, it’s critical that they add to the overall aesthetic of the room; with our great selection at Watson Blinds, we’re confident you’ll find a suitable choice.

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Expert Installation 

So far, we’ve looked at what Watson roller blinds include, as well as the important considerations you should take into account in order to get the right blind fit for you. However, after you’ve made the perfect choice, the next step is installation. 

Before we discuss how a typical installation of roller blinds may be done, it’s important for us to first emphasise the use of a professional installation service rather than attempting to handle the installation by yourself. Although the later step-by-step breakdown in this section may make it sound simple, there are numerous things that may go wrong during your attempted installation that, without the proper expertise, could lead to ruined blinds. 

At Watson Blinds, installation is part of our service, and our professional team of fitters and installers will make it a hassle-free experience. The benefits of using a reputable service to install your roller blinds are also many, but the key benefits are that: 

  • The right measurements can be taken. There is a specific way to measure blind dimensions accurately and doing it wrong may lead to misfitted blinds that can ruin the aesthetic of your room. 
  • Professional installers will get it right the first time, meaning you won’t have to go back and redo your roller blinds installation, as a result costing even more money. 
  • Most importantly, our team and client’s safety is of the utmost importance, and we make sure that our installations are done in the safest way possible.

Now that we understand why letting our expert team of fitters at Watson Blinds install your window furnishings is so important, we can move onto what a typical installation may look like: 

  • Firstly, before even ordering your perfect blind options, it can help to decide whether you want the roller blinds installed inside or outside the window frame as this will alter the measurements. 
  • Once your blinds are ready, we’ll then need to begin with installing the rail, which contains the operating mechanism. This is done by first holding up the blind bracket and drilling ‘pilot holes’. 
  • We can now secure the bracket in which the blinds will be operated from, using screws to fasten the bracket in place, via the holes made in the previous step. 
  • After the bracket is installed, we then attach the headrail. Our blinds have headrails that will easily fit into the attached bracket. The headrail is what the actual blinds will be attached to. 
  • Now the roller blinds can be added to the headrail using something called valances, which join the two parts and allow the blinds to open in a specific direction.

Maintaining Your Roller Blinds 

Now that you have your perfect roller blinds installed and are enjoying their overall aesthetic presence, in this final section we want to provide a few quick pointers you should observe in order to maintain your blinds. This will help them last longer and stay clean and beautiful for an extended period of time. The most important maintenance pointers include:

  • Remember to clean your blinds often. The method of cleaning may change depending on the material the blinds are made from. But a regular dusting will usually do the trick. 

  • Every few months it pays to remove the blinds from the window and give them a deep clean. This’ll help keep the fabric clean and help the blinds maintain their style. 
  • Remember that the fabric is not the only component that needs care – the operating chain or mechanism may become frayed overtime in which case replacing the chain for a smooth use is important.

Watson Blinds: An Industry Leader

We hope that this article has provided you with enough information to make an informative decision about roller blinds in the future. For those of you who are in Australia, there is no better manufacturer and installer of blinds and window furnishings of all shapes and sizes than Watson Blinds. We’ve been in the business for over fifty years now, and in that time have developed an incredible range of products and services. 

So, if you’re in the market for some of the best produced roller blinds in Australia, then look no further, head over to the Watson Blinds website and book an appointment with one of our expert and helpful consultants today!