Roman Shades

Roman shades are an increasingly popular window treatment option. It is a very simple and not-so-expensive solution, which can satisfy the pickiest home owner.

Actually, a roman shade is a piece of fabric that is attached to the top of a window and extends down to the bottom. Most Roman shades are designed to lie flat on windows, without leaving gaps, and they provide a degree of privacy.

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A hobbled roman shade


Types of roman shades

A flat (unconstructed) roman shade is a solid or pleated piece of fabric that clings flat to the window and forms characteristic accordion-like pattern when retracted. Flat Roman shades have no rigid elements and simply hang under their own weight. Their simplicity adds a good share of elegance to the window and the entire interior.

A relaxed (soft, London) roman shade is a kind of unconstructed shade, which has two pleats that create two tails at both sides. The middle of the bottom line sags and forms a curve. Relaxed roman shades create a mood of softness and privacy and therefore are more suitable for bedrooms, kitchens, etc. If you have wide windows, you can choose a paired variety.

A hobbled (constructed) roman shade is usually a set of fabric panels with horizontal bars sewn in down the length of it. When fully extended, a hobbled roman shade forms a cascade of overlapping loops or folds.

Other roman shade types, such as ‘banded’ and balloon shades, are more of aesthetic than utilitarian value.




How they are operated

There are three types of control: motorized, loop, and cord-and-cleat.

Roman shades

Relaxed roman shades

Motorized controls are more convenient, and can be remote-controlled. However, they require a lot of installation, which may be feasible during a major renovation only. No wonder, this option appears to be as expensive as it is technically advanced and convenient.

Continuous loop is a simple and most popular choice. The mechanism is driven via a beaded chain. All one needs to do is pull it to close/open the shade.

The cord-and-cleat type is a little complex, as it combines a number of cords that form a single cord. What’s bad about it is the possibility of one of these cords getting jammed or tangled and disrupting the entire process. As a result, the shade may slant or stop going smoothly.

How they are placed

You can place a roman shade either inside the window frame or outside it. This should depend on the type and size of your frame: it may be too small for your shade. In this case, you can fix it on the wall right above the window. This works well for flat shades, as they cover the entire window aperture and will not leave gaps. Also, this sounds like the right alternative for those who have modern and not so attractive frames. However, if you have stylish frames with decorative elements, you may want to fix one inside the window frame.


There are tons of fabric types, which may be suitable for different rooms. It is not pattern or translucency that counts more for roman plates. Weight is a more crucial characteristic. Light- and medium-heavy materials are more preferable, because mechanisms may not handle heavy-weight fabric.

Which type to choose?

Roman shades come in all possible colors and designs to fit all sorts of interior and customers’ needs. Please, see the type of your window frame and interior style and we will help you choose a shade that will complement it in the best way!


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