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How Do You Make Roll Up Shades At Home?

How Do You Make Roll Up Shades At Home?

Windows are a vital structural component in any house and give it a unique and distinct look. A well designed, structured and decorated window adds to the aesthetic charm of the room and provides the necessary sunlight protection with privacy. Today, there are many options when one has to select the window treatment, but roll-up shades emerge as the most preferred choice. They are popular because of their clean look, flexibility, and premium design. They appear just as good behind drapery panels in a classical setting as in a minimalist environment. They are easy to maintain and are durable. Furthermore, they help the owner create a theme of their choice as they are available in various colours, materials, and styles.

What are roll up shades?

Roll-up shades are window treatments made of fabric and can be rolled up when the owner wants natural light to filter in the room. They provide the owner with a chance to control the amount of light entering the room along with the requisite privacy. Roller shades come in various operating mechanisms: chord pull, spring-loaded, hand-rolled, or motorized. The majority of the roll-up shades installed in homes are cord pulled as they are affordable and durable.

Requirements for a roll-up  shade

Following are the essentials that the homeowner will need to make roll-up shade at home:

  • Two different fabrics
  • Two wooden battens (at the width of your finished blind)
  • Screw eyes
  • Hooks
  • Cord
  • Cleat

How do you make roll up shades at home?

Making a roll-up shade at home provides the owner with the chance of customizing the window treatment as per their needs. It also enables the owner to create the desired look and feel in the room. The primary question that one has to answer is whether one can make the roll-up shade on their own? If the person has basic and functional knowledge of crafts, creating a DIY roll-up shade at home can be quickly done. Following are the essential points to be kept in mind while making a roll-up shade at home:

  • Exact Measurement of the Window:

The first step is to take a tape measure and ascertain the window’s exact dimensions on which the roll-up shade has to be installed. After finding out the height, the owner is advised to add some extra ten inches to the bottom of the shade. If the owner intends to cover the complete window, three inches should also be added to the sides. It will make the roll-up shade overlap the edges of the window. Conversely, if they intend to place it inside of the window, then they should use the exact measurement as otherwise the shade will get entangled in edges when the owner opens or closes them.

  • Trimming and Cutting of the Shade Material/ Fabric:

The owner should trim the shade and cut both layers of fabric as per their measurements in the previous step. The point to remember is that cutting should be level and straight so that the overall structure of the shade is not disfigured. Next, the owner should pick up the right side of the fabrics together and stitch them about 1.5 cm from the edge. As the last step in this stage, the owner should decide which fabric will form the blind’s front. Next, hems of 1.5 cm and 3 cm should be stitched on the back of the blind towards the top and bottom. This is done to make the casings in which the owner should insert the battens.

  • Attachment of the Material to the Roll Up Shade:

Once the fabric is set, any excess material should be cut. Drill two screw eyes at the top edge of the upper batten passing right through the fabric. In addition, they should insert two more towards the bottom but on the front side. Next, they should drill another screw eye at the base of the top batten, around 5 cm from the border of the blind.

  • Installation of the Mounting Brackets:

As a next step, the owner should install the mounting brackets on the window. The owner needs to pick up a power screw gun or a simple screwdriver to attach the mounting brackets to the window where the shade has to be installed. They should ensure that the brackets are installed securely and tightly so that the window shade should remain stable while the owner opens or closes them.

  • Hanging of the Shade:

The owner can set the window shade into the designated place on the mounting bracket. The owner should put the shade ends into the bracket holes properly to stabilize the shade.

  • Attachment of the Movement Cords to the Window Shade:

The last step is fixing the chord to the window shade. First, the owner should cut two cord lengths. The point to remember is that the first one should be three times while the other should be three and half times the total blind’s length. Next, the owner should tie one end of each cord to the screw eye fixed on the top of the blind.  Last but not least, the cords should be put at the back of the blind and then up the front side threading them via the screw eyes at the bottom of the top batten and finally through the extra screw eye. Finally, the chords’ ends should be knotted together, which helps roll the blind up and down.

The roll-up shades are versatile and blend effortlessly with the majority of the styles. The DIY project of the roller shades allows immense possibilities of customization as the owner can prepare the window shade as per his tastes and requirements. By following the above mentioned six steps, most of the owners will prepare the window shade to suit their needs.

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