Roman shades are a pull-type window treatment that usually has a cord to one side of the window. The shade usually fits inside the window casing and has very clean lines. This makes it adaptable for most settings, and the ongoing popularity of the Roman shade speaks to its versatility with many styles of decor. Installing a Roman shade isn't difficult, and it can be done with a few simple tools.
Things You'll Need
- Wood batten
- Head rail
- Wood screws
- Brackets (optional)
- Nylon cords
- Cord reducer
Locate the wood batten or head rail for your Roman shade. The wood batten style (very common) includes a piece of wood that is cut to fit inside the casing of your window. The batten may already have the Roman shade attached, or the shade may attach to the batten with hook and loop tape. The head rail style (commercially sold blinds) is a piece of metal that incorporates the functions of the batten. The head rail attaches to the casing with two brackets.
Turn your shade face down on the table. The top of the shade should be mounted to the batten or head rail. The bottom will usually have a dowel sandwiched between the front fabric and the lining. This dowel is used to weigh down the bottom of the blind and to keep the horizontal structure. Above the bottom dowel, you should see a series of horizontal dowels, or ribs. Each dowel will have plastic loops or slots evenly spaced across the width of the blind.
Knot the end of one nylon cord in the bottom-most loop. Thread the cord vertically up the blind from bottom to top through each loop directly above the bottom loop. Repeat this for each cord. If the fabric is mounted to the batten, you will see screw eyes protruding from the underside of the batten. Each screw eye will be immediately above where a cord emerges. There will be one extra screw eye far to one end of the batten.
Thread your cords through the screw eye immediately above their last loop location. Thread your cords through each screw eye, moving toward the extra screw eye. Thread each cord through the extra screw eye, too. Pull your cords through and allow them to dangle.
Lift your batten and position it against the underside of the top window casing. The screw eyes should face down (toward the window sill). Screw the batten into the window framing using long wood screws and a screwdriver. (For a head rail system, screw the two brackets into place on either end of the underside of the window casing. Hook the front of the head rail over the front of the bracket and rotate the head rail toward the window until it locks into the back of the bracket.)
Gather your cords and operate the blind. It should pull up and down easily and be level. Once you know it is operating correctly, lower it so that the blind covers the window completely. Measure 8 to 10 inches from the extra screw eye and install a cord reducer. A cord reducer is a small plastic device that turns many cords into a single cord.
Add an acorn onto the single cord and knot. An acorn is a small plastic cup or tassel that fits over the knot. The tassel makes it easy to find the end of the cord and easier to operate the cord.
Install a cleat two-thirds down the side of the window frame. A cleat is a small two-hook metal piece that screws into the window trim or wall. The cord wraps around the cleat to hold the blind open or closed.
Tips & Warnings
- Many Roman shades are attached to the batten with hook and loop tape to make it easier to manipulate the shade. Show children how to use the blind to keep them from pulling on the fabric.
- Photo Credit modern living room image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.com
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