With summer temperatures rising every year, summer months now call for some advanced preparations. If your house gets long hours of sunlight during the hot season, it might be a good idea to equip you windows with blackout functionalities.
However, that does not mean you have to undergo expensive replacement of your existing window covers. A little bit of DIY is all that you need to make your window treatments ready for those hot, sunny months.
Roman shades are the perfect blend of beauty and practicality. In Roman shades, you get a single fabric running the whole length of the window. This feature makes it very easy to add a blackout lining to it, turning your beautiful Roman shades into blackout Roman shades.
Benefits of Blackout Roman Shades
You might wonder if it’s worth the trouble. While Roman shades provide a good cover for our windows, they do not block out light completely. Light plays a very important role in regulating the quality of our life.
Natural light is a key component that keeps us healthy and happy. Sunlight enriches us with Vitamin D, which is vital for both our mental and physical health. Sunlight also kills germs and naturally purifies our surroundings, by keeping it dry and warm. But overexposure to sunlight has its drawbacks. The harmful UV rays can damage out skin, and our furnishings. By adding a blackout lining to your existing Roman shades, you can bring about many positive changes around you. Let’s look at some of the primary benefits of blackout Roman shades to gauge their impact on your life.
As discussed above, light can have a very vital effect on your life. While you are awake, the presence of light adds a sense of vitality and makes you feel more energetic. But when you are sleepy, the same light becomes a source of annoyance. Imagine trying to catch a long spell of uninterrupted sleep while your room is still flooded with sunlight. Blackout Roman shades can block out the light and create a soothing, dark room for you to snuggle down the comfy pillow.
Even outside the bedroom, blackout Roman shades can be used to cut off the light when darkness is required. Blackout Roman shades will come very handy if you are trying to watch a movie, and the sun is shining in your eyes. Just pull down the Roman Blackout Shades and enjoy the cinema-hall effect in your living room. The tightly woven material of blackout fabric is designed to block light out completely to make the room completely dark.
The thickly woven material of blackout fabric also aids insulation. The thick material forms a solid barrier next to windows, preventing heat transfer through the windows by as much as 24 percent. The result is a visibly reduced heating bill. Even during the summer, the thick material of blackout lining will stop heat from entering the room, keeping it cool and comfortable.
Although, not on the top of the list, noise-dampening is another benefit of having blackout lining on your Roman shades. Noise has become permanent fixture of modern life, and can be a very disruptive element. Cutting off noise becomes priority, especially if you are living on a busy street. Adding a blackout lining to your Roman shade will help reduce outside noise to some extent.
How to Add Blackout Lining to Your Roman Shade
Transforming your Roman shade into blackout shade can be done at home.
You will need:
- A Measuring Tape
- A Pair of Scissors
- A needle
- Strong Thread
- Painter’s Tape
- Double-Sided Tape
You will have to take the shade off the headrail for this. You will also need a big table, or a flat surface at your disposal. The dining table will do just fine.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
Step 1: Roll out the whole blind on a table. You will now need to do some serious measuring.
Step 2: Measure the width and deduct ½ inch.
Step 3: Measure the length of the shade, beginning from the bottom hem and ending on the top of the headrail.
Step 4: Now you need to cut out the blackout fabric accordingly. Add 2 inches in width and 2 inches’ in length when cutting out the blackout fabric.
Step 5: A blackout fabric has a smooth and a rough side. The rough side should face the road. Fold the ends of the fabric; one inch for the outside end and 1 and ½ inch for the inside end.
Step 6: Sew in the edges.
Step 7: Now place the cut-out blackout fabric on the shade. The smooth surface must face the corded side of the shade.
Step 8: Carefully align the bottom hem of the blackout fabric right on top of the lower hem of the shade. If required, you can use painters’ tape, to hold the two fabric in position.
Step 9: Pat around to feel the position of the rings. Stitch the lining to the ring, by taking the thread in and out of the rings and into the blackout fabric. After stitching the fabric to one ring, make a knot and cut off the thread.
Step 10: Repeat the process with all the rings. This will tie the lining to the shade, while the draw cords get all the room they need, to move unhindered, in the rings.
Step 11: Use a double-sided tape to join the upper hem together.
Step 12: Once the upper hems are stuck together, remove the painter’s tape from below. The lower hems should hang free, independent of each other.
Step 13: Hang the shade back on the headrail. You are all done now.
Your Roman shade is now transformed into a blackout shade. You can now enjoy the nightlike effect even during the day. Along with cutting off light, you will also notice your room retaining heat better. Just grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the new, relaxed atmosphere of your room.