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What are Roller Blinds?

Last Updated Sep 22, 2015 · Written by

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What are roller blinds? Basically, they can be defined as window blinds made from a stiffened fabric attached to a timber or aluminium roller. Roller blinds can be spring-loaded, adjusted with a chain mechanism or motorised. The basic definition of roller blinds doesn't do them justice, though. There are so many styles to choose from, one roller blind will bear no resemblance to another. If you think you know what roller blinds are, read on. You may be surprised by the array of choices you have today.

Types of Roller Blinds

In the past, all roller blinds totally blocked out light. To allow some light in the room, you adjusted the height of the blinds. Today, you have more choices:

  • Blockout blinds are available in far more colours and styles than in the past.
  • Light filter roller blinds allow filtered light to enter the room.
  • Sunscreen roller blinds filter out harsh UV radiation and allow greater outdoor visibility than light filter blinds.
  • Bonded roller blinds have fabric "bonded" to the surface of the blinds.
Blockout blinds can have a coloured or patterned appearance. The difference between a patterned blockout and a bonded roller blind is that the bonded blind has a soft fabric cover that may be more appropriate in a living room or more formal setting.


Light filter blinds give you privacy during the day without blocking light. Sunscreen blinds also give you daytime privacy, but allow you to enjoy your view during the day without having the bright sunlight entering the house. You may want to choose light filter blinds for windows without a view and sunscreen blinds for windows that look out on to your backyard, a landscape or cityscape. Sunscreen blinds also help save energy by blocking the heat of the sun.

How Much Do Roller Blinds Cost?*

The cost of roller blinds will depend on the blinds you choose, the mechanism and the size of the blinds. However, you can get a rough idea of how much your blinds are going to cost from their starting prices:

  • Blockout blinds start at about $75 for better quality blinds
  • Light filter blinds start at about $80
  • Sunscreen blinds start at around $85
  • Bonded roller blinds start at $300-$325
In general, the cost difference between bonded, light filter and sunscreen blinds shouldn't be enough to affect your decision. Bonded roller blinds are far more expensive, so you may want to save them for your living room or master bedroom.


If you haven't looked at the wide variety of roller blinds that are available today, start your search on our Blind Design Ideas pages. Don't be put off by the stunning styles that are available. Even designer roller blinds can be surprisingly affordable. Getting quotes from blind suppliers is free and gives you the opportunity to compare prices and styles before you buy. When you get quotes for blinds, mention the number and sizes of blinds you need and your preferred mechanism. Also ask for installation costs. You'll probably save money by replacing all your blinds at the same time rather than buying and having them installed individually.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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