Bottom Up Roller Blinds

What are Bottom Up Roller Blinds?

A bottom up roller blind pulls up from the bottom, providing privacy on the bottom, but keeping the sunlight and view open on the top. The primary reason for using bottom up blinds is for providing privacy. Some areas that can take advantage of their unique properties are first-floor apartments, bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens – basically any place where you want privacy and light.

What are the physical characteristics of a bottom up roller blind – style, material, etc.?

Bottom up roller blinds can be cellular, pleated or woven. All the major blind manufacturers offer them, and they are comparable in price to top down blinds. They can be installed on any standard window, such as double-hung, casement, etc.; however, they wouldn’t work well for sliding glass doors, skylights, trapezoid windows, etc.

One of the most important considerations when selecting your blind is lighting. Do you want lots of light or filtered light? A slotted blind will allow shafts of direct sunlight, whereas a solar blind will filter the light, but still allow some visibility. Cellular blinds can be made with a thermal lining for insulation, or no lining for filtering the light. Woven blinds can be either light filtering or light blocking, depending on the weave.

Materials used can range from fabric to vinyl to wood. What you choose will depend on what you are hoping to achieve. Limited colors, predominantly white or ivory, are available on off-the-shelf blinds, and custom blinds can be made in many colors, but cost more. Most custom blinds can be made cordless for child or pet safety, or they can be motorized.

Installing the blinds can be a DIY project, depend on how handy you are. They are no more difficult to install than a top down blind. In fact, you may find them easier to install because they are low so you don’t have to reach up to install the hardware. It is probably a 2-person project, but it is not complicated. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing the installation,though, it would probably be wise to have a professional install them.

Things To Consider When Shopping

When selecting your blind, you need to decide whether function is most important to you or whether the design is. It’s a personal decision, and there are many factors to consider, from the operation of the blind, to the look of the blind. Do your homework before you go to the stores so that you can convey to the salesperson exactly what you are looking for.

The same is true if you’re planning on shopping online. Before you purchase, anywhere, know exactly what you want. It can be infuriating to purchase blinds, especially if you go with custom blinds, only to get them home and find out that they aren’t what you expected.

That’s why there’s a whole laundry list of things to consider before purchasing:

  • Get samples. Some places will charge for them, some will offer them for free.
  • Check the company’s policy on returns.
  • What is their customer service like? Do they seem efficient? Helpful? Polite?
  • If you are ordering online, what are their shipping charges? The blinds can be fairly heavy, so it’s an important consideration.
  • Will you need to pay taxes on your purchase? That can vary, depending on the state.
  • Does the company publish customer reviews? Even if you are planning to purchase locally, many of the stores will still have a web site. Customer reviews can be very helpful, especially if you start seeing a trend on something, for example, customer service.

Wrapping Up

It’s not difficult to find bottom up roller blinds. All the major home-decorating stores that carry traditional blinds also carry the bottom up roller blinds, and many smaller decorating stores carry them as well. You can also purchase online, if you prefer – there are many sites to choose from, and they have much useful information.

If you need your blinds quickly, the fastest way will be to shop locally and look for an off-the-shelf blind. Custom blinds will, of course, take longer. If ordering on the internet, and you are looking for an off-the-shelf design, it will depend on how you want your product shipped. Usually USPS will take the longest but be the cheapest (sometimes the company will offer free shipping by USPS – that can be a major factor when deciding where to buy.) FedEx and UPS can be delivered more quickly, sometimes even overnight, but are more expensive.

Although bottom up roller blinds are not new, as more sizes, colors, and styles become available, they have been increasing in popularity. What should you choose? After weighing all the factors outlined in this article, it all boils down to – what do you like?