Roller shades are a simple, durable, and practical custom window covering option. They can fit any budget and are affordable. Roller shades roll up on an aluminum or steel tube at the top of the window. They are lifted by a continuous loop bead chain which turns a clutch at the end of the tube, or they can have a spring roller mechanism inside the tube for a “cordless” appearance. Motorization is also a popular method of roller shade control.

Roller shades have a single ply band of fabric with a weighted hem at the bottom. They come in a variety of fabrics and colors. If one wants blackout or sheer or just privacy, roller shades are an affordable window treatment for any budget.