What are Roller Shades?
Roller Shades are as much loved and appreciated by homeowners as Roman Shades. Made of a flat piece of fabric Roller Shades are popular for their neat and clean appearance, premium style and versatility. They are perfect for minimalist decor which likes to keep all things understated and simple sans any excesses. They make a fantastic choice for traditional rooms where you can use them in layered treatment along with the more gorgeous and dramatic drapery panels. They offer an additional layer of protection for the rooms.
Roller Shades are made of a variety of fabrics ranging from sheer, light-filtering and room-darkening materials. They do a superb job of blocking out the harmful UV rays and glares of the sun. They give you maximum control over lighting needs and help to preserve privacy of your homes. They offer a view of the outside without compromising the security and safety of your homes. Dual Roller Shades go a notch higher where versatility is concerned. As the name suggests these shades integrate two separate fabrics into one headrail. There is one sheer shade in the front and a blackout roller shade on rear end. This helps to address your conflicting need for both light and complete darkness at different times of the day. While the sheer fabric helps to spread soft diffused light in the room the blackout roller fabric offers 100% light blockage when you are trying to sleep or put the little one to bed. You invest in one window treatment and enjoy the benefit of two.
Can Roller Shade Fabric be Replaced?
Roller Shades have remained a popular choice among homeowners and in commercial spaces or their simplicity, easy maintenance and functionality. However, like all other window shades and blinds, roller shades too have their off days and suffer operational hiccups. Among other issues related to the operational mechanisms, the fabric of the blinds may also show signs of wear and tear. Even if they are in perfect condition over the period of time you are tempted to experiment with new looks and your heart yearns for some fresh colors on the windows. However the big and valid question is, can only the fabric of the roller shades be replaced or do you need to replace the entire blind and reinvest in new window treatments?
The good news is you do not have to replace the entire blinds. You can just get the fabric replaced and reuse the existing hardware. The brackets need not be changed either. The old fabric will have to be taken off and the new fabric has to be mounted into the blinds, it is as simple as that. You may choose to get this done by a professional expert or even try attempting the same at home if you are confident of pulling it off without damage to the blinds.
How to Replace Roller Shade Fabric at Home?
If you choose to do this at home, we are happy to help you in this new venture.
- If this is your first attempt at replacing the fabric of your rollers we recommend that you exercise restraint when choosing the fabric. Opt for a medium weight, tightly woven and smooth finished fabric. Heavy or light fabrics or ones with loose weave will be harder to manage and may not lie properly on the roller.
- The next step is enrolling your shades and laying them down flat. Take note of the direction of the shade-fabric. This is important because it will determine which side the fabric will face when the shade rolls up. When the fabric rolls up behind the roller then the backside or rear side of the fabric will be revealed around the roller. If the fabric rolls up in the front it will help to hide the roller.
- Take note of the material of the roller rod whether it is plastic or wood and consequently what can be used to stick the fabric on the blind. You could use staple or adhesive tapes for this purpose.
- Time for measurements. Remove the old shades from the blinds and lay them down flat. Measure the width of the existing shade and add 2 inch on either side to get the width for your new fabric. Measure the length and add ½ inch for turnover at the top and about 1 ½ inch at the bottom for the hem.
- The fabric that you will be using must be crisp and straight. Rumpled or wrinkled fabric will not roll up properly. You could use a fabric stiffener for the purpose.
- Glue and stitch the hem flat. There will be a ½ inch hem at the top where it will get attached to the roller and a ¾ inch double hem at the bottom where the wooden pull-strip will be inserted.
- Use staple or adhesive tape to attach the fabric to the roller. Put the old pull-strip into the new hem and you are ready to hang the brand new shade.
Replacing Blackout Fabric of Blackout Roller Shades
If you are replacing your Blackout Roller Shades fabric, this too can be done with ease.
- First, you need to remove the old fabric. Remove the blind from the window and use a screwdriver to remove the roller. Once the roller is detached from the mechanism of the blind, lay them down and put all hardware to one side.
- Next, you have to remove the fabric. Blackout blinds consist of two fabrics that are sewn together. There is one blackout fabric and another more stylish and decorative fabric piece. If blackout fabric is one that you wish to replace then you will have to unpin it from the colored decorative fabric. Cut through the knots that hold the thread between the fabrics together.
- Discard the old fabric and it is now time to sew in the new cloth. Lay the new cloth where the old fabric was and stitch it into place using the same holes from where you removed the old stitches.
- Once the fabric has been replaced it is time to replace the hardware, mount the fabric on the roller and screw back the roller into the blind mechanism. You blackout roller blinds are now as good as new and you have successfully changed the fabric without seeking professional assistance.
Following the instructions as listed above should get the job for you. If you are however unsure and encounter challenges we suggest that you seek help from the manufacturer to prevent any damage to the blinds.