Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Roman shade how-to

Here's the how-to for how I cheated my way to roman shade bliss. The purpose of these shades in my dining room were two fold; something pretty and something to cool down a room with six windows during summer heat! The supplies are simple: bamboo shades {home depot}, substantial fabric, spray glue {home depot}, and glue gun. Here's the steps:












A few cliffnotes, I did not glue fabric all the way to the bottom because it won't be seen and was expensive fabric. The hardware that comes with shades is pretty self-explanatory in terms of hanging just be sure to NOT cover the slits at the top with fabric otherwise you won't be able to hang them! Hope this helps anyone interested in trying, hoping to post my finished dining room next week.

141 comments:

Nikki said...

Wow, great job! They look beautiful!

xx
Nikki

vanessa said...

Great idea. I will have to keep this in mind. The bad thing about those shades is they are see through so problem solved!

Luz said...

Amazing, as usual!!!! You should start a magazine with creative tips for decorating with a small budget!!!
When i grow up, I want to be like you ;)

Dee said...

looks like youput edging on the side of the fabric???

paula said...

It looks gorgeous! you are so talented.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I've seen other DIY roman shades, but love how yours turned out! I'm dog-earing this one!

Rene said...

This is fabulous! I am bookmarking this project now!

-Rene

Christine said...

Hi, I love how these turned out! Can you see the bamboo behind the fabric when the sun shines in?

Maria said...

Hey Christine!! couldn't find your email to answer your question!! My fabric is pretty thick so you really can't see the bamboo even when the light shines through!! thick fabric is key!

lauren @ gathering moss said...

maria, i used this tutorial to make a roman shade for my bathroom. it turned out great! thanks for sharing! check out my version here: http://stonesgatheringmoss.blogspot.com/2010/09/operation-bathroom-reveal.html

lizziefitz said...

I have been searching for instructions like this for months! Every one I found had me cutting the blinds and slats? Thank you! Yours are gorgeous! Please come join my first give away:)

Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper said...

This is great!! Even though I love roman shades, one of my pet peeves is that they look great from the inside but not from the outside. A realtor would say that they "compromise the curb appeal of the house" :-). Bamboo shades are a better option for sure. Thank you for this tutorial. Your shades turned out great!

Avalyn said...

I LOVE this! I have been wanting to do a roman shade for my laundry room with a great bold floral print I found online but didn't want to make my own from scratch with all the loops and strings... looked to complicated. However, this technique of merely covering a bamboo blind seems like a really easy alternative! If I can find blinds the right size for my window I am totally going to do this. Thanks!!!

Pine Tree Home said...

Great idea. So custom looking! I like the fact that you can probably easily switch the fabric out should you tire of it.

Erika Ward said...

veeery nice! I would have never guessed your secret!

SHERRY HART said...

Oh yeah...I feel a project coming on :) Fabulous!

Robyn @ Imperfect Nest said...

Great tutorial! I love the outcome. I will definitely try this in my home.

Robyn @ Imperfect Nest said...

Great tutorial! I love the outcome. I will definitely try this in my home.

Avalyn said...

I LOVE this! I have been wanting to do a roman shade for my laundry room with a great bold floral print I found online but didn't want to make my own from scratch with all the loops and strings... looked to complicated. However, this technique of merely covering a bamboo blind seems like a really easy alternative! If I can find blinds the right size for my window I am totally going to do this. Thanks!!!

lizziefitz said...

I have been searching for instructions like this for months! Every one I found had me cutting the blinds and slats? Thank you! Yours are gorgeous! Please come join my first give away:)

Miadopt said...

Ok, I'm not the brightest cookie in the jar, so don't laugh at my questions but do you completely glue the fabric to the blinds? How does it make the pleated look? Maybe I'm just not getting it. I really want to make some for my great room since it's west facing and gets blistering hot in the summer! Perfect solution!

casey said...

Love this project. So easy! Who would've th0ught to use bamboo shades as the base? Great job. I'm sure I'm going to want to try this very soon!

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Margo said...

hey this is BRILLIANT! I can sew, but sewing Roman shades looks unbelievably complicated, so wow! I love what you did. And those shades are sooooo cheap at my Home Depot. We just hung some outdoor ones on our balcony to block some hot sun - I blogged about it and some curtains I made. Now I want to put that curtain fabric on Roman shades instead.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Why have I not seen your beautiful, fun blog before now????? And this idea for easy Roman shades... I love it!

Here's wishing you and your family the very best as you wait for your newest addition to arrive.

Deana said...

Love, love, love them. Did you put the fabric on both sides????

amber said...

found you from Nester~ awesome blog and for the no sew gal like me, i'm feeling pretty inspired by these shades! :)

MJ said...

Pure genius!

Nisrine said...

This is such a great and easy project that i linked to it on my blog.
WAW

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

This is a fabulous idea! I've been thinking of turning a curtain panel I made into a roman shade, but was really not up for making one from scratch with loops and cords, etc.

As a new blogger, I love stumbling upon great blogs and inspiration. I'm glad to have found yours and will be following for sure.

Rachel said...

That looks great! Thanks for sharing!

{ The Painted Home } said...

gorgeous~! you are a genius, glad I found you through the Nester!
d e n i s e

Atkins Ohana said...

Was led here through pinterest. Bought a shade on clearance at Lowes the other evening and I am going to do this for my kitchen window! LOVE this idea!!

Saw on your "About You" what your hubby does :) My hubby works at the White House and is the air traffic control for your hubby's flying! Small world! :)

Suzanne said...

Love this and totally going to do it! Got a question...do you think you could wrap the fabric around on the sides so you didn't have to use the quilt binding or is the quilt binding necessary. Just thought I'd ask.

InMyOwnStyle said...

Love these and the ingenuity behind the idea. They came out great. I am going to link this post to my DIY Daily page. :)

My best- Diane

Anonymous said...

Oh thank goodness I found this! I can't afford custom Roman shades and this will be perfect!@!!!

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

These are beautiful! You make it look so easy!

Deidre Interiors said...

I just found this post though Pinterest, great idea! I have a quesiton, are these operable? Can they still close once the the fabric is glued on?

Waseem said...

The shades look so beautiful...how fantastic you turned it out...like it.

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Designfan said...

I just finished 3 of these and I must say, they look fabulous! I bought outdoor fabric that was on clearance-it was thick, and resists fading and spills. Thanks so much for the easy directions!

david bacham said...
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Holly said...

I just made my own and they turned out beautifully! Thank you so much for the tutorial! You can check them out here! http://createbakecelebrate.blogspot.com/2012/11/create-diy-roman-shades.html

Curtain said...

You can learn all about the roman shades. It is a useful post

Rachael said...

We have bamboo shades all over our new house and I've been trying to figure out what to do with them. Ingenious! I'm so excited to try this now! Quick question....since it's been a year or so since you made these, did the hot glue keep the fabric on the shades? Just curious how well they've held up....

Curtains said...

The basic features of Roman shades has been described by you. It is very useful article

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