Roman Blinds

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Clean, straight lines make roman blinds an extremely popular choice in NZ homes.  

Positioned above the window, roman blinds don't close a room in but instead give it a sense of space and light – offering a more minimalist solution than curtains. 

McKenzie House manufactures beautiful quality roman blinds with a choice of control mechanisms - cord & cleat, chain-operated or motorised.

Create your own beautiful romans using the easy-to-follow guide below. 


    Download a Quote Request Form for Roman Blinds (either excel or pdf). This handy worksheet has been created to make it easy for you to fill in as you progress through the steps below. Save it on your device or print it out.

    When you've finished simply save, scan or take an image of it and attach it, or transfer the information on it, when you request a quote at the bottom of this page. 

        Step 1. Give your window/s a name/ID for future reference.

        Step 2. Choose your fabric

          Already have your own fabric? I'm more than happy to work with fabric you supply. On the Quote Form simply state “my fabric” in the Fabric column and give me the width of the fabric and the size of the pattern repeat if applicable (email me if you need help with this). 

          Step 3. Choose your lining option from one of the below: 

          (NB. If your fabric already has a thermal coated backing or if you simply don’t want a lining please state 'nil' or 'none' in the lining column)

          Polycotton

          The lightest weight lining but still enough to add extra insulation and structure to your blinds. Will let daylight into the room.

          White or ivory only

          From $10/m

          Blockout

          Thermal coated – for ultimate insulation and light reduction. Blockout creates a darkened room but you can still expect light to reflect off the walls around the edges of blinds.       

          Standard colour is ivory. From $12/m.

          Or if you're looking for a blockout lining with a range of colours have a look at Epic. $46/m (300cm wide).

          Dimout

          Triple Weave Dimout lining creates a room-darkening effect without being a total blockout. The perfect solution if you don’t want thermal coated lining but still need some light control.

          Available in a variety of shades. View the range here

          From $36/m (300cm wide)

          NB. If you choose either blockout or dimout lining you'll notice a ‘pinhole’ effect along the stitch lines on the front of the blind. This is unavoidable and is caused by daylight coming through where the needle has punched through the fabric during sewing. This is only noticeable if the blind is lowered during daylight hours.

          Step 4. Choose your operating system 

          Cord & cleat

          The traditional method of operating a roman blind. Cords are plaited together and finished with an attractive acorn. 

          Chain-driven

          Available with metal or plastic chain. Adds cost to the overall price of a blind but is popular with customers who want a neat finish without cords hanging down. Slower and noisier to operate than a cord and cleat operation. 


          Motorised

          The ultimate minimalist finish. No cords or chain hanging down - the blind is raised and lowered by a concealed battery-powered motor and operated with a remote control. Not suitable for very large, heavy blinds - please enquire about maximum weight.

          Step 5. 

          Download this measuring guide then measure your windows. 

          NB. Please don’t give just your window measurements – I need the finished size of the blind as per this guide. If you have questions feel free to ask.

          If you're in a hurry, once you've completed these three steps you can save your completed Quote Form and attach it or use it as a reference when you request a quote below. 

          If you have more time and want to carry on designing your blinds you can keep working through steps 6-12 (you'll need to come back and do this anyway if you accept the quote). 

          Step 6. Choose your stacking style (this is how your blind looks when it's pulled up).

          Layered

          Layered roman blinds form a casual tiered effect when pulled right up

          Stacked

          This option offers a simple streamlined finish that suits modern interiors or rooms where a minimum of detail is required.

          Step 7. Choose which chain colour you'd like (for chain-driven blinds only). Skip to Step 9 if choosing a cord & cleat blind.

          White 

          Ivory 

          Grey 

          Black 

          Metal (nickel plated)

          Step 8. Choose your chain length (for chain-driven blinds only)

          Options are: 750mm, 1000mm, 1250mm, 1500mm, 1750mm. White & Ivory are also available in 2000mm.

          Step 9. Choose which side you'd like the chain, cord control or motor end.

          Step 10. Is your blind to fit over the outside of the window frame (recommended) or on the inside of the window frame?

          Step 11. Is your blind to be face-fixed (eg. onto a wall or window frame) or top-fixed (under a pelmet/ceiling)?

          Step 12. Save your completed Quote Form and attach it or use it as a reference when you request a quote below.

          Additional details

          Would you like to add borders to your romans? If yes, choose the fabric for the border here and the style from below. 

          Single border along bottom edge

          Single border down each side

          Single border on 3 sides

          NB. Romans can be  either 'tucked' or 'flatfronted'. This is what you see when your blind is down. After assessing your order I will recommend which is the best option for the manufacture of your blinds. Below are the norms used.

          Tucked – The normal option for plain fabrics but can be used for patterned fabrics if desired (some of the pattern will be "lost' in the tucks).

          Flatfronted – The normal option for patterned fabrics so none of the pattern is lost in tucks. All you will see on the front of your blind are rows of stitching (as opposed to tucks). Can also be used for plain fabrics if desired.

          Design Tips for Roman Blinds 

          • Fabrics with vertical stripes make fantastic roman blinds. However, fabrics with horizontal stripes, checks or other horizontal accents are not recommended. 
          • To create daytime privacy and sun control add a sunscreen roller blind under your roman. The clean straight lines of both complement each other. 
          • To increase the sense of space and height in a room make your roman blinds go all the way to the ceiling.
          • Use a roman blind under curtains for double insulation – especially great for older homes. 
          • View gallery page for roman blinds here

          Got a question or special request? I'm happy to help!

          If you don't see the style you'd like in the options above please email me as most styles can be custom-made to your requirements.


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