Roman Shade Fold Styles - Find the One That's Right For You!

Abigail Sawyer | 14 May 2015 | Roman Shades

Roman Shades give windows the softness and style of draperies with less bulk. They’re easy to operate and can give you complete privacy when lowered.

When ordering Roman Shades there are several custom options available to you. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Roman Shade Fold Styles and help you find the one that’s right for you and your window type.

Roman Shade Fold Styles

Soft Fold / Hobbled Roman Shades

This traditional style is constructed with loops of fabric all the way down the shade. We love it for formal rooms or spaces like powder rooms that need complete privacy. The folds give you the roman look even when the shade is fully lowered.

hobbled roman shades

Why Choose Hobbled Roman Shades:

  • Gives your windows a full, folded look even when the shade is fully lowered.
  • When you raise the shade, folds stay neat and even.
  • Extra fabric used to make the folds makes this style a bit more room darkening.
  • Crowns the window like a valance when the shade is fully raised.

hobbled roman shades

Things to Consider:

Extra volume requires more window depth. Choose one of the other styles for doors or shallow windows.

Flat Fold Roman Shades

This fold style is made of one solid piece of fabric with no seams. Most customers choose it when they want a streamlined look or have a fabric with a large pattern.

Flat Fold Roman Shades

Why Choose Flat Roman Shades:

  • Fabric lays completely flat for a clean, minimalist look.
  • Large scale patterns remain uninterrupted with no seams.
  • Slim profile makes it perfect for shallow windows and french doors.
  • Folds are slimmer when fully raised.

Flat Fold Roman Shades

Things to Consider:

  • Can look a bit plain if left lowered most of the time.
  • Folds may not raise completely straight and need to be adjusted.

Plain Fold Roman Shades

This style lays flat but has seams running every few inches. We recommend this style for areas like living room and bedroom where the shade will be opened and closed every day.

Plain Fold Roman Shades

Why Choose Plain Fold Roman Shades:

  • Most popular choice among Blinds.com customers.
  • Seams add visual interest to solid fabrics.
  • Great choice if you’re opening and closing frequently because seams help fabric fold evenly.
  • Lays flat when lowered, so it’s perfect for doors and shallow windows.

Plain Fold Roman Shades

Things to Consider:

Seams can interrupt large-scale patterns. Instead, choose flat where a solid piece of fabric is used, or hobbled where seams are less apparent.

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Have More Questions About Roman Shades?

Head over to Blinds.com to start browsing Roman Shades and order free fabric samples. When you’re ready to order, follow our guide, how to measure for roman shades.

If you want designer help, Elena, the designer featured in this video, is our resident Roman Shades expert and would be happy to walk you through all of your options. You can reach her via email at Elenat@blinds.com.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw