The windows of the home are an important aspect for many reasons. Windows give us sunlight and warmth in the home as well as allow us to see the landscape outside of the home. Windows are a perfect area of the home for home owners to show a little personality. Window coverings can be added to the windows of the home to provide the space with color and uniqueness.
Most home owners try to find ways to save money on household items by coming up with creative ideas and ways to decorate their homes. One way to decorate windows is with blinds and shades. There are many ways for home owners to make such window treatments to customize the design of the home.
Many people don’t realize that you can interchange blinds and shades and change up the look of your window design or window dressing. Once you get tired of the blinds, you can dress up your window with a roman shade by using the blinds. Instead of spending money buying shades, you can create a roman shade from the blinds you already have.
A cheaper way to brighten up or decorate your windows is to transform mini blinds into Roman shade. This may seem to be a difficult task but it is quite simple and only takes about an hour to do.
So, how does one create a roman shade from blinds? Follow these steps.
1. If you don’t have blinds you can purchase inexpensive mini-blinds at a number of stores like Wal-Mart or Target.
2. Be sure to measure the window by the length and the width of the glass. While measuring the window, be sure to add an inch to the length so the shade will be longer than the window.
3. Decide exactly how many folds you want for the Roman shade depending on the length of the window. The average number of folds ranges from 3-7 depending on the length of the window.
4. Divide the number of folds by the length of the window to determine how far apart the slats should be spaced out.
5. Lay the mini blind(s) flat on a level surface. The floor is the best option. Be sure the front of the slats is facing toward the floor. With scissors, cut them through the horizontal strings that hold the slats in place. These strings are small so be careful. Be sure the vertical left cord is intact.
6. Next thing is to pull the plugs from the end of the thickest part of the blind base. Slide the bar off the lift cords. Then slide the plastic slats off of the lift cords. Make sure you leave enough slats to form the exact number of folds.
7. Then slid the base bar back onto the blind’s lift cords. Measure the length of the lift cords to match the window’s length. Next, attach the base bar and cut the extra lift cords. Afterward, space out the remaining slats in an even manner on the lift cords.
8. You will then spread out the fabric on the floor with the front side facing down. Center the mini blind on top of the fabric. Make sure the front of the slats is facing the floor. Make sure there are no wrinkles on the fabric, and that the mini blind is even and straight. Cut the fabric to the size of the mini blind but add 2-3 inches to each side to make enough room for the seams. No need to sew just fold the seams.
9. Next, fold the edge of the fabric over the top of the edge and attach it to the top bar with some fabric glue. Be careful not to get the glue on the cord that controls the lift cords so the shade will operate properly.
10. Glue the slats’ front to the back of the fabric. Let the glue dry for about 15 minutes.
11. Lastly, fold over the fabric to the slats and glue the remaining edges. Fold the side edges over the edges of the slats. Fold the bottom edge over the back of the thick part of the base bar. Again, allow the glue to dry before hanging up your new Roman shade.
Marie has written several career-related articles for various websites for more than seven years. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for more than 15 years. She loves to travel and write. Shades and blind options can be found at Blindsgalore.