How to Install Roman Shades On Bay Windows

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It can be a little intimidating at first to think of installing window treatments on a bay window, especially roman shades. Fortunately, though, it's much easier than you might think. You just need a few simple tools and a little time.

Things You'll Need

  • Brackets
  • Roman shades
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Measure and mark where to attach the brackets to install your new roman shades. Choose a section of the bay window to install the first shade. Measure 2 inches in on the casing or ceiling above the window from each side of the window, and make a small mark. Hold the shade up in the casing or against the ceiling, as close as you can get it to the window without touching. Use a pencil to mark the position of the back of the top of the shade, near where you made the first mark. Do this on only one side. Set the shade aside. Measure the distance from the mark you just made to the window. Using that measurement, make a mark on the opposite side. These marks will determine where the rear of your brackets will go, so make sure they are the same on both sides of the window.

  • Install the brackets on your chosen section. Hold a bracket up to the marks. Line up the end of the bracket with the 2-inch mark, and the back of the bracket with the mark you made while holding up the shade. Once the bracket is lined up, use the drill to make small starter holes in the spots where the screws go through the bracket. Loosely install the screws to hold the bracket in place. When you have all screws in, finish tightening them. Repeat to install the bracket on the other side.

  • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to install the brackets on other sections of the window. It is much easier to install the brackets for each window without the shades in place, so don't hang roman shades in the bay window until you've put up all the brackets.

  • Hang the shades. For each shade, lift the header up to the brackets. Tilt the shade toward you and gently push it partway into the brackets, then tilt it up and away from you until it slides in and catches. Congratulations! You have installed roman shades on a bay window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a hammer and nail to start the holes for the screw, if you don't have a drill handy.

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