Are there bare windows in your home that are waiting to be styled with Roman shades? Stop shopping and make a window treatment yourself. There are several methods for making DIY Roman shades, and some ideas are better than others.
We've gathered several Roman shade options to sort through that are easy to follow, each with expert-level detail. Some are hacks that include other blinds, some are built from scratch, and some are faux Roman blinds that look the part. Depending on your skill level and willingness to invest time, some or all of these Roman shade tutorials could work for you.
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Add Some Plaid in a Kitchen
Roman shades are ideal for narrow windows in kitchens where floor-length drapes don't make sense. Christina from The DIY Mommy wanted to add a personal touch and some privacy to her kitchen, so she opted to add plaid Roman shades. Unlike stationary examples, this tutorial shows you how to sew a Roman blind from scratch so that it functions with built-in strings. Just be careful if you have small children in the house because the string can pose a choking hazard.
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Fold Several Pleats in Floral Fabric
This Roman shade tutorial is so simple and so affordable. In fact, the total cost of one window treatment could cost you less than $20. Annie from DIY Decor Mom made this treatment look especially luxurious by adding several folds to the bottom of the fabric. Find out how she did it by visiting her step-by-step guide.
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Make Roman Shades Using Mini Blinds
The ladies over at Honestly WTF have perfected how to upgrade a simple pair of mini blinds into a Roman shade. Shopping for window treatments that match a room can be much more daunting than picking out a fabric you like. Once you have fabric picked out and a set of inexpensive blinds, head over to this tutorial for a thorough explanation on how to recreate this look.
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Learn How to Make a Relaxed Roman Shade
Did you know that there are several styles of Roman shades? Jen, from Stagg Design, added a beneficial illustration in her post that showcases different styles. She also includes a tutorial on how to make your own faux relaxed Roman shade like the one you see here.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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DIY This Window Treatment in Under an Hour
Casey and Bridget from The DIY Playbook love simple projects that save their readers time but look great at the same time. This Roman shade tutorial uses only a few supplies and can be completed in under an hour. Copy this look with a striped fabric or make it your own with a fabric of your choosing.
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Customize Shades for Long Windows
We love this tutorial from Ohoh Deco because it includes straightforward diagrams that make this project really easy to follow. Another bonus is that the window treatment was designed so that the fabric is removable and washable. Also, the Roman shades shown here are fully functional, which is always a plus.
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Use a Tension Rod to Make Faux Roman Blinds
If you don't need to cover an entire window for privacy purposes, consider this quick Roman shade tutorial from Home Stories A to Z. While this tutorial is simple, it is super helpful to have someone show you how to do it the first time. Head over to this guide to learn how to fold this shade in under a minute.
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Create a Reversible Roman Shade
Katie from Bower Power wanted to make a Roman shade tutorial that was easy enough for beginner sewers. On her blog, she shows you how to make a reversible window treatment using basic sewing skills and an iron. If you tire of one side, just flip the shade over for a fresh new style.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Soften Your Space with Paisley
Charlotte from At Charlotte's House thought that regular curtains would look too heavy once built-ins were added underneath the window. Instead, she opted for some DIY Roman shades to block out some light and add some privacy. Since this isn't in a bedroom, there is no liner. However, if you want to use these in a bedroom, she also has a tutorial for a blackout version.
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Use a Geometric Fabric for a Modern Look
There are many different reasons people opt for Roman shades instead of curtains. For one, blinds aren't as attractive. Also, Mary Elayne from We Can Make Anything needed to use Roman shades because curtains would have been a fire hazard above her stove. Her tutorial shows you how to convert mini-blinds into a Roman blackout shade using fabric glue. This is a must-read if you're looking for a simple way to keep your rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
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Spell Out a Word or Phrase
This idea is a thrifty way to add some personality to a space. Brooke from All Things Thrifty pars down on materials and is able to make these window treatments for $18 a piece. We love her tutorial because it includes easy-to-follow illustrations, which is a must for more involved projects like this one. If you want steps broken down in the least confusing way, this is the tutorial to follow.
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Use a Bright and Unexpected Fabric
This has to be one of our favorite Roman shade tutorials because the fabric is so whimsical and cheerful. Brynne from The Gathered Home is confident that even people with no sewing experience could tackle this project. In fact, she bought a sewing machine so she could make these window treatments. She does a great job breaking the steps down with clear, straightforward pictures, and her style will inspire you to take risks in your own home.