Different Types of Roman Shades

Roman Shades

Are Roman Shades in Style?

Roman shades have stood the test of time and are still popular today! Here are a few reasons why Innuwindow recommends adding Roman shades to your home décor:

  • Versatility: They can be dressed up or down to suit any room in many different fabrics.
  • Customizable: There are many fabric, fold, and drape styles and combinations to choose from.
  • Easy to Use: Roman shades are available with pull cords or continuous loop cording for easy raising and
  • Lowering: For added safety, they are also available in cordless varieties.
  • Style: They have a classic look that doesn’t go out of style.


What Are Some Common Types of Roman shades?

The most common types of Roman shades are the standard flat fold, plain fold, soft fold, and European fold. You can find all of these varieties and more at Innuwindow!

Standard Flat Fold

  • The most popular Roman shade
  • A simple and contemporary look
  • Complements floor-length curtains
  • Ideal for shades that will be opened and closed daily
  • Works well in shallow windows and French doors

Plain Fold

  • Adds texture to your window covering
  • Folds are visible even when the shade is completely lowered
  • Heavier and wider fold than the standard flat Roman shade

Soft or Hobbled Fold

  • Also known as the teardrop or looped shades.
  • Creates softer, rounder fold while keeping a straight line at the bottom of the shade
  • When raised, this style has the most volume
  • When lowered, you can still see the shape of the curved fold
  • Creates an airy or romantic feel
  • Provides a thick layer of insulation, which can save on energy costs

European Fold

  • This style doesn’t have a rod sewn into the bottom which gives it a soft natural curve
  • Relaxed; known as the “soft smile”
  • Ideal for baby rooms or nurseries since they have a soft finish that creates a serene atmosphere
  • Also used in formal locations of the house, such as the living room or dining room


What are Flat Roman shades?

Flat fold Roman shades are made of one solid piece of fabric with no seams. The professional designers at Innuwindow recommend these for spaces where shades are opened and closed every day because the seams help the fabric fold evenly. Flat Roman shades provide a clean minimalist look. They are perfect for shallow windows and French doors. They are also ideal for large scale patterns that are not interrupted with seams. They can look a bit plain if they are left lowered most of the time.

What is a Waterfall Roman Shade?

Waterfall or hobbled Roman shades feature soft cascading folds that ripple down the face of the fabric. This provides a soft finished look as the folds continue down the window when closed but also are neatly arranged at the top. They are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and create a casual chic look to your home.

What are Hobbled Roman Shades?

Hobbled Roman shades consist of loops of fabric running all the way down the shade. This is a popular look for formal rooms or bathrooms that need complete privacy. There are a few advantages to this style. First, it gives your window a completely folded look even when the shade is fully lowered. When you raise the shade, the folds stay neat and even. In addition, it gives a finished effect to the window even when the shade is fully raised. This style is best for deeper windows due to the extra volume in fabric.

How do Cordless Roman Shades Work?

If you have small children or pets, you may want to consider cordless Roman shades to eliminate cords dangling from your window treatments. To operate cordless shades, simply grab the bottom rail and lift or lower the shades to your desired height. Some of our cordless shades have Lift and Lock technology with a small button that can be held down to move the shade and released to lock into position. There are other varieties of Roman shades that have hidden magnets in each pleat that roll up seamlessly for easy cord control. Cordless Roman shades offer a sleeker and more elegant look in addition to being a safer choice.


How can Innuwindow Help you Find the Perfect Roman Shade for your Home?

Innuwindow offers free consultations in-home, in-store, or virtually. Our friendly and talented design staff will help you choose the perfect Roman shade for your home. We have a variety of products to choose from to complement any room in your home or office. We are a family-run business and we are proud of our thirty years of experience. Contact Innuwindow to ask about Roman shades today and find out more about our decorating, measuring, and installation services.