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Making A Roman Blind – Part 2: Calculating Components

blind comp Once you have your Fabric and Lining calculated you will need to work out all the other components for hanging your blind effectively.

Firstly, you will need to work out how many strings you are going to put across the back of your blind to ensure even weight distribution so divide the finished width of your blind by 25″ or 65cm to find the number of SPACES between your strings.

Blind Cord

Round this number up then +1 to find the number of strings needed.  Then take the width of your blind and times it by one and a half.  Add this number to the length of the blind, then times this number by how many strings you’ve calculated that you need.


blind tapeIf you are using Roman Blind tape on your lining, you will need to work out how much to buy.  Simply take the width of the blind and times by the number of horizontal rods/channels then add a bit more for tucking under each side, about 6″ (15cm) Sew this straight to the lining and the strings then thread up through the tape to the top of the blind.

If you have made channels for your dowel, you will need to buy some plastic rings to sew on along the channels and thread the string up through.  To work this out, simply times the number of channels you need by the number of strings and this will be the quantity of rings required.

You will need either fiberglass rods to feed into your Roman Blind tape or wooden dowel to feed into your channels.  To find how much to buy, times the width of your blind by the number of channels.

To attach the Blind to the window, it is fixed to a wooden batten which is then screwed to the wall.  The batten needs to be slightly wider than the width of your blind and then a width of stick on velcro is stapled across the front.  The same amount of sew on velcro should be stitched across the top of the blind on the reverse side ready to attach it.

safety deviceA safety device should be attached at the bottom of every string to ensure quick release if a child were to get caught up in it.

You will also need some blind eyes, one for every string plus one for all the strings on the side you want it to pull from.  These screw straight up into the batten, in line with the strings.

Finally, you will need to thread all of your strings through an acorn and tie the blind off with a cleat that is securely screwed to the wall.

We have all of the components for sale in our stores in Bridport and Yeovil, along with a huge selection of fabrics and linings.


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