DIY: Roman Shade
September 21, 2009
Since we finally tiled our master shower a few short weeks ago, I was determined this past weekend to finally put some finishing touches on the master bathroom. You regular readers know that since our remodel of 2006, our master bathroom has been nothing more than a storage closet, until about ten months ago. We’ve slowly been finishing out the space. First the tile floor, then the cabinets and countertops, and lately, the finish tile for the master bathtub and shower.
Over the weekend, I spent most of my free time doing mundane and completely non-postworthy tasks like trimming, caulking and painting baseboards. But I also took on a project that I’ve been wanting to finish for years.
Way back in 2006, I found a floor sample window panel at Bombay Company that I fell in love with. I didn’t care that it was the last one left. I wanted the fabric to someday make a roman shade for my master bathroom.
At last, I was able to finally create it this past weekend. Here she is, in all her glory, with her new best friend, silver chandy:
I learned that with some concentration and a little effort, I could make a roman shade all on my own without turning to those expensive window treatment companies.
I had a roman shade from Calico Corners leftover from my country kitchen phase of 1997. The decor in my kitchen has definitely changed over the years. But because this shade was so well made, I kept it all this time in the hopes that someday I would reuse the hardware.
A roman shade is constructed pretty simply. It’s the pulley system and the loops that allow the fabric to gather so beautifully. Here’s my own diagram of the underbelly.
If you want to make your own Outside Mount Roman Shade at home, gather these supplies:
- Fabric of choice in requisite width and height of window
- 1/2 inch (or 1 inch) by 2 inch by ___ width mounting wood from home improvement store. (Fill in the blank for your total width measurement for your roman shade.)
- Screw (hook) eyes for every 12 –15 inches of width
- Thin lift cord
- Cord pull
- Cord pulley or cord lock
- Cord cleat (without a cord lock)
- Small loops to attach to fabric
- Dowel rod
- “L” brackets to mount to wall
- Stitch witchery fusible web bonding
Tools: screwdriver, staple gun, scissors, iron, needle & coordinating thread.
Step One: Trim your fabric to the width of your mounting wood, plus enough fabric to wrap around, and use the fusible web bonding together with a hot iron to seam the edges.
Step Two: Staple the fabric to the top of your mounting wood, then wrap the corners, and staple them on the back.
Insert dowel rod in the bottom seam of your roman shade. Mine was a metal rod leftover from the previously constructed shade, but a wood dowel rod will work just fine.
Step Three: Attach your pulley underneath, and to the far left or far right of your mounting board, depending on your side preference (see also above diagram).
Step Four: Determine where you want your fabric to be pulled up to gather (mine was 6 inches from the edge). Attach your screw (hook) eyes to the underside of your mounting board at that point, and every 12 to 15 inches in between (see also above diagram). Then run the cord through the screw eyes, allowing for plenty of cord on both sides.
Here’s how mine looks from the left:
And from the right:
Step Five: Secure your loops to your fabric every six inches with a needle and thread, directly underneath the screw eyes mounted on farthest edges (see also above diagram). Make sure your loops are straight both horizontally and vertically to ensure proper and even gathering of your fabric.
Run your lift cord through the loops, pulley, and screw eyes, then attach the ends of your cord to the cord pull.
Step Six: Attach “L” brackets to the underside of your roman shade and mount to the wall.
Determine the placement for your cord cleat and attach to wall. Pull shade to desired height, and secure with cord cleat.
Step back and admire your homemade roman shade.
When I say that I really love this fabric, I mean I really love this fabric. Shimmery taupe. Subtle spa blue. Jacquard swirl pattern. So very me.
Can’t you feel it? Don’t you love it too ? It was only $15 for the entire window panel.
Ooooh la la, she’s so purty.
I’m patting myself on the back today. Not bad for a recycled roman shade and fifteen bucks.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about the other upgrades I’ve made to the bathroom space.
Have a great Monday !