Blinds: Face Fit vs Recess Fit

One of the common decisions to be made when buying blinds is the different mounting and installation options, each with their own respective pros and cons.

There are two common ways that roller blinds, honeycombs, verticals and venetians are mounted, being Face Fixed and Recess Fixed.

Face fixed is when your blind is mounted on the face or front of the architrave of the window or door. Ideal for Blockout Roller Blinds and Roman Blinds.

Pros of Face Fixed:

  • A face fit roller blind will usually provide the highest level of privacy and blackout if the fabric is reverse rolled on the tube.
  • Face fit Romans will also offer a high level of blackout.
  • This can be ideal for bedrooms especially if light wakes you up easily

Negatives of Face Fixed:

  • Roller Blinds that are under rolled can sometimes have a white backing and it’s most visible when face fixed
  • Roller blind bracket & hardware is visually more prominent. The top of the architrave is not visible.

Recess Fixed is when your blind is mounted on inside your window frame. Ideal for Sunscreen or Day Roller Blinds, Honeycombs and Venetians.

Recess Fixed Pros:

  • With enough clearance you can over roll or under roll fabric.
  • Installing into a timber window frame is stronger than an architrave. An ideal option for screen roller blinds or venetians.
  • Bracket hardware is more concealed.
  • More face clearance is left for other window furnishings such as curtains.
  • Visual framing of the blind in the opening.

Recess Fixed Negatives:

  • A 20-30mm gap will remain either side of the window furnishing.
  • A blackout blind in this orientation will still let light in. Gaps of light on a recess fixed blockout blind.
  • The blind may obstruct window and door handles. There may not be sufficient space to fit some blinds in recess.
  • The blind control may be a bit harder to access.

This is a brief overview of the two common options of mounting, the choice comes down to personal preferences and priorities, as well as the setup of the window and it’s surrounding environment.