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  • No lining attached
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  • Enhanced light control
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  • Black out 99% of light
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    Moderate sound insulation.


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Best option for heavier or wider products.
This product requires a minimum of 3" of Depth.
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A combination to meet all your privacy and lighting needs.
This product requires a minimum of 2" of Depth.

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The safest choice for homes with children and pets.
This product requires a minimum of 2" of Depth.
  • The ultimate in conveninece, and for hard to reach windows.
    This product requires a minimum of 3" of Depth.




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Front Slat Roman Shades


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Front Slat Roman Shades

Front Slat Roman Shades feature horizontal ⅜” dowels on the front of the shade that add visual interest when done in a solid color fabric. We love these shades as they offer excellent functionality - great for everyday use. And, they stack neatly when the roman window treatments is raised.



For simple sheer Roman shades, many designers use the selected face fabric by itself for a visually light appearance. But in other situations, using a lining—can give your roman shades a more finished, luxurious look. Blackout Lining is a perfect pairing for a bedroom or media room.



If it’s a modern home and the frames are not particularly attractive, consider mounting the flat roman shade outside and all the way at the top of the wall. On the other hand, If the frames are beautiful and or architecturally classic, opt to mount them inside the window, so they don’t obscure the decorative moldings.

The specs

Mounting Requirements

Min. Inside Mount Depth:

  • 1 ¼” Cord Lock (Standard)
  • ¾” Cord Lock (Slim Headrail)
  • 2” Cordless
  • 2 ½” Top Down, Bottom Up
  • 2 ⅞” Continuous Loop
  • 3” Motorization

Flush Inside Mount Depth:

  • 1 ⅜” Cord Lock (Standard)
  • ⅞” Cord Lock (Slim Headrail)
  • 2 ⅛” Cordless
  • 2 ⅝” Top Down, Bottom Up
  • 3” Continuous Loop
  • 3 ⅛” Motorization


  • Fabric color can vary from one dye lot to another. To ensure all materials are from the same dye lot, place orders for multiple roman shades at the same time.
  • Cord lock controls are located on back of the shade for a clean, uncluttered look on front.
  • Cordless Control is a popular option that eliminates the lift cord on your roman shades and enables the roman shades to be easily raised or lowered with the touch of a finger.
  • The ultimate in versatility, Alva’s Top-Down/Bottom-Up window shades offer you the ability to operate window treatments from the top down, bottom up, or in combination to meet all your privacy needs while still giving you access to natural light.


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Are your linens OEKO-TEX Certified?

Our Belgian Linen collection is 100% made in Europe, from plant to yarn to fabric. We have the Masters of Linen certification label with all of our Belgian linen products. As a natural fiber, flax linen contains minimal traces of allergens. If you have a sensitive skin, we highly recommend Belgian Linen Collection as they are also Oeko-Tex Certified.

What should I know about buying Roman Shade from Alva?

There are a lot of Roman Shades out there. But not a Alva Roman Shade. So we made one. With an emphasis on quality & honest materials. Soft, cozy fabric in colors you actually want. Your perfect light. Your perfect view. That, of course, ships to your doorstep! Each of our pieces is individually handcrafted. This process results in natural variations from piece to piece, which are expected and contribute to the unique beauty of our window treatments.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Each Alva Roman Shade is custom made to order by our skilled craftspeople, specifically for your home. We work hard to deliver your window coverings as soon as possible, and have pieces ready for delivery in 12-15 business days from order unless otherwise noted. With increased demand as well as shipping delays due to COVID-19 and port congestion, our production and delivery processes occasionally are taking 14-18 business days. In some cases, there will be a delay from when your shipping label is created, and when UPS actually picks up the item from our warehouse.

What do I do if I believe my product is defective?

If your merchandise has been damaged in shipment, or has any manufacturer defects, notify us within 14 calendar days after delivery to your home and we'll have the damaged merchandise either repaired or replaced at no cost to you. Our Quality team will evaluate next steps based on photos of the piece. If you do not notify us within this 14-day period, we won't be able to do so. All damaged shipments must be signed for as damaged.

Why does Alva Roman Shades cost so much less than other manufacturers?

We believe Custom Roman Shades should be accessible to everyone! That’s why we paid just as much attention to the final cost as we did to developing innovative manufacturing techniques and top-of-the-line fabrics while building the Alva Roman Shade. And it’s why we continue to work closely with our shipping and fabric mill partners to keep prices low. We really do pass those savings right on to you.

How does Alva Roman Shades differ from other companies like The Shade Store or Hunter Douglas?

While shades of comparable quality can be found with other manufacturers, we are proud to offer our heritage quality pieces to the online customer in a way that has never been done before. That is what really sets Alva Roman Shades apart – we will always be offering the best possible value to our customers by eliminating all additional costs (showrooms, salesperson, catalogs, etc.) and shipping directly to our customers through our online model. Along with eliminating the costs you would incur through a local store or big box retailer, we offer additional value through complimentary shipping as well as the added comfort of our return policy.

What will I pay for shipping?

We offer FREE SHIPPING on all products under 94" in width when shipped within the contiguous United States. For oversized products (94" or over in width), we'll contact you by phone and email to collect a shipping fee.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Each Alva Roman Shade is custom made to order by our skilled craftspeople, specifically for your home. We work hard to deliver your window coverings as soon as possible, and have pieces ready for delivery in 12-15 business days from order unless otherwise noted. With increased demand as well as shipping delays due to COVID-19 and port congestion, our production and delivery processes occasionally are taking 14-18 business days. In some cases, there will be a delay from when your shipping label is created, and when UPS actually picks up the item from our warehouse.

How will my Roman Shades be delivered?

Most of our products are ground shipped directly to your home using UPS. Oversized products are shipped via freight carrier and can currently only be delivered curbside. These freight carriers may take a little longer to complete deliveries, but we promise it will be worth the wait. Customers may be responsible for any added charges regarding additional requests such as in-home delivery, remote area delivery, etc. Canadian customers may also be subject to brokerage fees, depending on the chosen delivery method.

Can I make changes to my order after it has been placed? Is it possible to cancel an order?

Because our products are custom made to your exact specifications, they are not suitable for resale in the ordinary course of business. Therefore, it is important that you are sure of your decisions before you finalize your purchase. We are happy to change or cancel orders as long as you contact us within 3 hours from the date and time the order was submitted to us. Address changes are not permitted once we have shipped your product.

What makes your fabrics special?

We source our materials from the world's leading textile mills in Belgium, Barcelona, & throughout Asia. By partnering directly with these suppliers, we’re able to offer designer-level quality and unique Performance technologies previously unseen at our price point.

When editing our assortment, we seek out beauty, softness, and durability. You’ll find our fabrics offer a great feel and beautiful drape while standing up to your lifestyle. All our fabrics meet the industry’s highest marks for durability.

What are the benefits of the Top-Down, Bottom-up Control option?

We believe it’s the Flexibility! Unlike traditional shades that only open from the bottom up, the Top-Down/Bottom-Up control option lets you customize the exact position of your shades to fit your ideal level of privacy, light control and comfort. Top-down is controlled by the left cord/bottom-up is controlled by the right cord. Please note, a valance will be included.

When should I utilize the Slim Headrail option?

The Slim Headrail Requires less depth to mount shades flush with window frame. Perfect for French doors and windows with shallow frames. Slim Headrail has a depth of only ¾”, so if you are limited on space. Slim Headrail is not available with Continuous Loop Control, Cordless or Top Down/Bottom Up systems.

What if I measure incorrectly?

If you find that your measurements were slightly off don't fret! We will work with you to find the best solution. If your window treatment is too wide, we may be able to cut it down in width to the proper size for you at no charge (but that depends upon the product, fabric and width). If it cannot be cut down, or it’s a different issue, such as the product is too narrow, or the length is incorrect – we will allow you to purchase a new product in the correct dimensions at 50% off. (Offer valid for 30 days after order ship date and must be replacing the original window treatment purchased).

Can I just measure my old window treatments?

No. Because deductions were taken at the factory on your old custom blinds, you will not get the exact fit you need when you order new ones.

Should I round up or down 1/8" on my window measurements?

If your window measurements fall between eighths of an inch, round down to the nearest 1/8" for width and round up to the nearest 1/8" for height. For example: Width: 54-1/16" would round down to 54". Height: 54-1/16" would round up to 54-1/8".

What is the difference between 'min flush-mount depth' and 'min inside-mount depth'?

How deep (or shallow) your window is determines whether you can install, or mount, your covering as an inside or outside mount. "Minimum flush-mount depth" is the depth needed to mount the product fully into the recess of the window. This means that the product will not protrude from the window opening, so it appears flush with your wall. The "minimum inside-mount depth" is the depth of flat mounting space needed to securely install the product inside the window. If your window does not meet the minimum inside-mount depth, the product cannot be installed as an inside mount. If your window meets the minimum inside-mount depth but not the minimum flush-mount depth, the product will not be flush with the window opening and wall.

Front Slat Roman Shades: Enhancing Your Home with Style and Functionality

When it comes to interior design, window treatments play a crucial role in setting the tone and ambiance of a room. One popular choice that strikes a balance between aesthetics and practicality is the front slat Roman shade. These shades offer a timeless charm while also providing functional benefits that make them a versatile choice for any living space.

Understanding Front Slat Roman Shades

What are Front Slat Roman Shades? 

Front Slat Roman Shades are inspired by Japanese shoji screens, which traditionally consist of thick semi-transparent paper stretched over a wood or bamboo frame. These types of Roman Shades feature aluminum dowels sewn into the front of the shade every five to seven inches. The effect is a modern, linear design that also evokes a calming Zen aesthetic.

When using sheer or light-filtering material, Front Slat Roman Shades deliver a delicate look just like shoji screens. Despite their sometimes-delicate appearance, these types of Roman Shades are highly functional and ideal for everyday use.

The Construction of Front Slat Roman Shades

Front slat Roman shades are crafted using a combination of soft fabric panels and wooden slats. The fabric adds texture and softness to the window treatment, while the slats provide structure and support. This unique combination allows for precise light control and privacy adjustments.

The Benefits of Front Slat Roman Shades

Aesthetic Appeal and Versatility

Front slat Roman shades offer a wide range of fabric options, patterns, and colors. This versatility enables homeowners to select shades that complement their existing decor while adding a touch of elegance to their space.

Light Control and Privacy

The adjustable slats in front slat Roman shades provide exceptional control over the amount of natural light entering the room. Homeowners can easily tilt the slats to allow diffused light to filter through or close them entirely for enhanced privacy.

Energy Efficiency

Front slat Roman shades also contribute to energy efficiency by acting as insulators. When closed, the shades help prevent heat transfer through windows, keeping rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Ease of Operation

These shades are designed for user convenience, often equipped with cordless or motorized options for raising and lowering. This feature not only ensures safety, especially for households with children and pets, but also adds a touch of modern technology to the home.

Incorporating Front Slat Roman Shades in Your Home

Choosing the Right Fabric

Selecting the appropriate fabric is crucial when customizing your front slat Roman shades. Consider the color palette of the room, the amount of natural light, and the overall design theme to make an informed decision.

Measuring and Installation

Accurate measurements are essential to ensure a proper fit for your shades. If you're unsure about measuring, it's recommended to book a virtual consultation with our team to avoid any sizing errors. Installation can be straightforward, especially with the assistance of our handy installation instructions.

Styling and Pairing

Front slat Roman shades can seamlessly blend with various decor styles. For a contemporary look, pair them with minimalist furniture and clean lines. If you prefer a more traditional ambiance, combine the shades with ornate furnishings and rich textures.


Front Slat Roman shades offer the perfect combination of style and functionality for your home's window treatments. Their aesthetic appeal, light control capabilities, energy efficiency, and ease of use make them a valuable addition to any room. With a wide range of fabric choices and customization options, these shades provide a personalized touch that enhances the overall ambiance of your living spaces.


Are front slat Roman shades suitable for large windows?

Yes, front slat Roman shades can be tailored to fit various window sizes, including large windows and sliding glass doors.

Do these shades require frequent maintenance?

Routine dusting and occasional vacuuming are typically sufficient to keep front slat Roman shades looking clean and well-maintained.

Can I install front slat Roman shades on my own?

- While DIY installation is possible, seeking professional help can ensure precise measurements and proper installation, especially for multiple windows.

Are motorized options available for front slat Roman shades?

- Yes, Alva offers motorized versions of these shades for added convenience and modern functionality.

Do front slat Roman shades provide complete blackout capabilities?

- While they offer excellent light control, front slat Roman shades may not provide complete blackout conditions. For better blackout options, consider adding blackout lining to the shades, while also mounting the products Outside of the Window for maximum coverage.


Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Lauren Howley

Love my Roman shades! Ordering more!

Rylee Jimenez
Roman Shades..AWESOME

I live in a 3,250 sq ft log cabin with vaulted ceilings and timberframe type interior. It is a rich and custom decorated home. I had quotes done for front slat roman shades that came in around $7000 for 5 windows. I am not broke, but this was ridiculous so I tried Alva and found a suitable fabric option and created my own for around $2,200 for 4 wide windows. They are each with a cordless mechanism and mounted inside my window frame, with no valence. First, let me say that customer service is great. I ordered at the end of a great call with Matthew, and had the product rushed so I could see 1 pair, then have time to order 2 more afterward. We rushed to hang them and make a decision to buy the rest. I have the full set up now and they are awesome. They block cold and light well [not 100% but that's how I wanted it]. Overall I am delighted with the quality, style, operation and of course the fabric. Thanks Matthew! I will be ordering through them again!

Anna Tarnowska
We love the shades!

The newest addition to our home, the 1piece front slat roman shades are a perfect compliment to our lounge room.

Sarah Watson
Beautiful but slightly longer ship time than originally expected

Hesitated for months placing my order. Sent away for multiple samples, and glad I did! Finally decided and placed my order. My blinds are beautiful! Delivery was about 3 weeks.

Harper Rodriguez
Pride of the home

I’ve been so disappointed by online furniture purchases lately, and this one made me so happy I am IMMEDIATELY writing a review after unboxing it. The shades are sturdy, beautifully built, and the Belgian Linen in Mist matches our other furniture much better than expected. I was worried about the chain mechanism in general because our shade is 92” wide, but the way this thing glides upward with ease is a relief. The shipping was a little frustrating, as it was slightly delayed in production, and then again delayed with UPS. But overall I LOVE the modern vibe these roman shades give our space.