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Hi, I’m Jason from the company, Blockout Blinds and I hope you’re having a fantastic day.
Well today I’m going to be talking about roller blinds, and what is over roll and under roll.
Well we get asked this question a lot because in the industry, it’s a term thrown around that we just know instantly what it means. But the average consumer doesn’t know what it means, so what is over roll and what is under roll?
Well, here i have a roller blind, as you can see I’ve taken away the cords on the side to make it easy to hold. Now, what over roll and under roll means is just basically the direction the fabric comes off the roll. Imagine this was hanging with the window behind the blind this will be considered under roll because the fabric is rolling off the back or under the blind. However, if you were to turn this around and install it this way with the window behind it, this would be considered over roll because it’s rolling over the top of the blind.
Now, what I’ll also talk about is the things to consider when selecting over roll and under roll and what those things are as a look of the blind, the fabric involved, the light and also any obstacles that you might need to get around.
1. The look of over roll and under roll blinds
Let’s start with the look, generally with roller blinds, more often than not, we do install them in the under roll position. However, in the under roll position you can see the roll at the top very clear and some people think this is not a very clean finish or a clean look. So, that is why a lot of people tend to go for over roll and install it this way, so now the roller is sort of disappeared, there’s a nice clean modern finish.
Let’s have a look at a couple of pictures and see what I’m talking about.
In this first picture here, you can see three roller blinds installed over a sliding door and they’re in different positions of height, just for photo purposes and as you can see they’re in the over roll position and that’s the more clean look when you don’t see the roller.
In this second photo here, the more traditional looking blind with the scallop at the bottom you can clearly see that the blind is under roll and the roll on the top is quite visible.
Now, when it comes down to personal taste if you like over roll or under roll better. However, you know that is sort of 50-50 some like over roll some like under roll, it’s really up to you.
2. Fabric consideration of the under roll look
The next thing to consider is the fabric, now this is really only a concern if you are going for the under roll look.
Now I’m not a sure if you know this or not, but you know obviously we have fabrics for blinds and some fabrics have the same colour on the back. Other fabrics have a white backing and that’s generally to keep the heat away, this fabric as you can see has a white backing.
So, if we were to install this onto a blind in the under roll position like such, as the fabric rolls up and comes around the top, the white backing is exposed which means you’re going to see the colour of the fabric below the blind and the backing of the fabric on the actual roller.
Now, if we look at this picture here, this shows a blind on the face which is a blockout and as you can see, the fabric is sort of a beige colour and the backing is white and you can see the white roller.
Now, there are people out there that absolutely hate this look but then again there are other people that love it.
Why do they love it? Well, they really like it because when the blind is down you see the full colour when the blind is completely up it’s pretty much a white colour and it disappears into the background of the room. If you have a white beige colour scheme throughout your house.
So, that’s the main thing to consider with fabrics, because you don’t want to get an under roll and so not think about the fact that you going to have the white coming over the top.
3. How about the light with over roll blinds?
The next thing to consider is the light. Now once again this is really only an issue if you do like the over roll look.
So, what am i talking about. Well, first of all let’s have a look at these photo here where you can see a blind in the under roll position mounted on the frame of the window, as you can see the fabric runs down very close to the frame of the window which means that hugging any light will pass through behind it.
Now, imagine if this roller blind was in the over roll position, the fabric will then be about 60mm off the frame of the window which means lots of light will come through. So, maybe this will make a bit more sense here, here is the blind, here is the frame of the window, in this situation it’s very close to the frame and not much light comes through. Same blind mounted overall, on the frame of the window, let’s have a look, you’ve got a quite a bit of a gap between the frame and the blind to let in the light through.
So, that’s another thing to consider, however if the blind is in the recess it doesn’t really matter if its over roll or under roll in that regard because it will be in the window and the side of the window be like this and the only light gap coming through will be between the edge of the window and the fabric which will be 15mm and if it’s over roll or under roll that’s not going to change at all.
4. Final consideration is obstacles such as door handles
The last thing to consider could be obstacles, occasionally you need to put blinds in situations where you may have to come down over door handles or window winders etc. and by going over roll you extend fabric further out and hands can get over more obstacles.
If you have a look at these photo here you can see three roller blinds installed over some inward opening French doors and two windows on the side, and obviously they’re installed over roll because you can see them hanging quite some distance from the wall and the reason for that is because of the handles on the French doors.
If the French doors weren’t there or the handles weren’t there we could have put the blinds under roll and brought them close to the glass but in this situation we couldn’t so over roll is the only option it wasn’t because they like it or didn’t like it was just because of practicality it had to be installed that way.
So there you have it, we’ve cover over roll and under roll:
- What it looks like
- How the fabric comes into consideration
- The light, and what you might need to think about there
- Obstacles and how that affects your choice
So now that you know all there is about over roll and under roll. So, I hope I’ve helped you out today and until next time.