The Importance of Treating Your Windows & Door

Windows and the doors are an integral part of any home architecture. They act as the elements of visual relief and gateways to the world outside the house. They add a sense of symmetry to the house’s architecture, besides allowing access to natural light and fresh air. Windows also give you the luxury to sit back and enjoy the view of the outside.

While this paints a rosy picture, there are some limitations to having windows and doors. Glass windows and doors brighten the interiors by allowing more natural light inside the house. But it also leads to issues such as heat gain, glare, and UV exposure. Hence adding some coverage to the windows becomes essential to overcome such limitations and lend a cozy vibe to the interiors. You can do so by dressing up your windows using appropriate window treatments.

Why Roman Shades are Perfect for Dressing Up Your Windows

When you dress up your windows, you look for efficient coverage and want the window coverings to enhance the interiors’ aesthetics. Roman shades help ensure both and do that while being fashionable and refined in every sense. Roman shades provide excellent light control, privacy protection, and thermal insulation.

Customizability is another aspect that makes Roman shades an excellent choice for dressing up the windows in your house. You can get them custom built to suit your specific requirements. From getting the shades that are the perfect size for your window to the choice of material used in them, Roman shades give you the freedom to alter every aspect of their look and feel. Hence, efficiency & versatility coupled with the flexibility of custom options makes Roman shades the perfect choice.

Reusing Your Old Drapery to Make DIY Roman Shades at Home

Different manufacturers offer fantastic readymade Roman shades in addition to custom options. But what if you don’t find something that resonates with your taste or preference? How about indulging in some DIY fun? Have you ever thought of making your Roman shades? It is not only more plausible than you think but also very cost-effective. You can build your Roman shades quite quickly and without needing any professional help.

You won’t need too many things, and the best part is that you can reuse your old drapery and re-repurpose to make your DIY Roman shades. People often change curtains in their homes when they want to give a fresh look to the interiors. But quite often, the old curtains still have a good many years of life left in them. These old curtains that always look vibrant and appealing can get a second lease of life as Roman shades.

This way of repurposing drapery into Roman shades further reduces the cost besides being a more sustainable & eco-friendly option. Also, the satisfaction of creating something by yourself is unparalleled and indeed a lot of fun. 

How to Make DIY Roman Shades Using Old Drapery

Using old drapery to make DIY Roman shades is not only a sustainable & smart idea but also one that enhances the beauty of your windows and the interiors around them. To get you started, let’s look at how you can go about doing that in greater detail:

  • Step 1: The first step is to measure the size of the Roman shades that you need. So you need to measure the dimensions of the window you are going to mount the shades on. Accordingly, you will cut the curtain fabric so that proper coverage is ensured. If you also plan on adding valances with the same pattern over the shades to accentuate the look further, it will be a good idea to keep some additional fabric.
  • Step 2: Once the curtain fabric is cut to size, spread it on a flat work surface. It would be best to make sure that the material is smooth and there are no wrinkles or creases.
  • Step 3: You need to reinforce the sides so that the shades hold firm when you lower them. To do so, you need to fold both sides of the curtain fabric by about half an inch and sew them along the edge. Follow the same process for the bottom of the material.
  • Step 4: Create mark lines on the curtain fabric using chalk or a pencil with a horizontal gap between them. Start from the bottom of the material and move upwards until you reach the top. Using a scale, measure up 10 inches and draw a line. Then measure another 2 inches and mark another line. Repeat this process until you reach the top.
  • Step 5: Stitch the 2 inched marked lines using a sewing machine. This will form uniformly-spaced small sleeves on the back of the curtain fabric.
  • Step 6: Attach a header board at the top of the window using some screws and a hammer to nail them in. This header board is necessary to hold the weight of the fabric.
  • Step 7: Fix four screw eyes beneath the header board.
  • Step 8: Now, you need to attach the fabric to the header board. You can do so using a staple gun. Secure them further by using screw eyes at both ends of the dowel.
  • Step 9: Starting from the left side, insert a cord from the bottom of the screw eye and pass it gently through all the screws. On the right side, pass it through the underside screw eyes to the curtain fabric’s right. Repeat the same process starting from the right side and finish on the left side of the material.
  • Step 10: Attach both the cords together and create a knot.
  • Step 11: Install cord cleats on the wall to secure the cords whenever required. Voila! You just made fabulous DIY Roman shades for yourself. 

Using old drapery to make your Roman shades at home also gives you access to exciting designs and patterns that you may otherwise not get in pre-fabricated shades offered by the brands. Depending on the drapery fabric, you can create bold, sober, classic, or formal looks for your Roman shades. So, in a nutshell, making DIY Roman shades using your old drapery is as fashionable as cost-effective and efficient.


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