How To Make Your Own Set Of Roman Blinds

Roman blinds can be a beautiful addition to any home, and whether you want to personalize your window accents or just trying to save some money, you can make your own Roman blinds and become the envy of all your friends and neighbours. Making a set of Roman blinds really isn’t as difficult as it sounds, and even with just a minimum of crafting experience, you can make blinds that will look as if a professional made them.

Roman blinds are made in basically two types, structured, which consist of horizontal slats that provide support throughout the length of the blind using dowels or poles for each slat or unstructured, which have no poles and are made of only cloth.

The first step in making Roman blinds is to take an accurate measurement of the window you plan to make the blind for. Be careful to measure accurately to ensure a proper fit. Measure the height and width of your window, whether the inside or outside of the window frame.

Next you need to cut a 1/3 piece of wood that will serve as your dust board. This board should be cut the width of the window and will support the pulley apparatus as well as the blind itself. This board should be covered with the cloth you intend to make to blind of. You can apply the cloth with glue or staples, and then attach the strings. Your dust board is now complete.

To assemble the blinds, you need to decide whether you want the slated or non-slated type of blind.

There is little difference in the difficulty of making the slated or non-slated types. For the slated type, measure the length you want each slat, and then cut the appropriate width. Next, you will need to cut the fabric so that the cloth extends past the slats for an extra 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Then you fold that excess cloth over the ends of the slats so that they will fit securely in the pockets formed in the edges of the fabric. There is no requirement as to the length of each slat, but most are made with slats that are from four to six inches wide. This depends mainly on your tastes.

Non-slated Roman blinds are made in a very similar manner, except that they are made with the fold that faces you. The fold of the fabric will create a pleat. When the fabric is sewn, there should be a loop. This fabric loop is the main characteristic of the non-slated blind.

Finally, sit back and rest, because you will probably have numerous requests from friends and neighbours for Roman blinds for everyone who has the pleasure of seeing yours. You are going to be busy.

Author Bio

Kieron Casey is a BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who blogs regularly on a number of topics including home improvement, DIY and roman blinds.

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