How to make -
Blackout Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Blackout Lining or
  •   Blackout Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Buckram (optional)
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings or Breakouts
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Headrail
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 1: Measure the Window
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    First decide whether you want the blind to hang inside or outside the recess.

    INSIDE THE RECESS

    Measure FINISHED BLIND LENGTH:

    • Measure the drop from the top of the recess to the window sill in 3 places (each side and the middle). Take the shortest measurement as your finished blind length.

    Measure FINISHED BLIND WIDTH:

    • Measure the width of the window recess in 3 places and use the shortest width as your measurement. This will give you the finished blind width.

    Decide DEPTH OF BLIND WHEN PULLED UP:

    • Decide what would be the ideal depth for your blind when it is pulled up. ( Top Section size
      )
    • Approx 15cm is a popular top section size for normal sized windows.

    OUTSIDE THE RECESS

    Measure FINISHED BLIND LENGTH:

    • Decide where the batten/headrail that will support the blind will be fixed above the window recess. Mark the position of the top of the batten/headrail and measure down to the sill (or where you want your blind to finish). This will give you the finished blind length.

    PRO TIPS

    1. We normally fix approx 10cm to 15cm above the recess.
    2. Make sure the blind will cover the top of the window when pulled up.
    3. Ideally we measure down to 2cm below the sill if the blind can clear it. If the sill is pertruding and the blind can't clear it, measure down to the sill.

    Measure FINISHED BLIND WIDTH:

    There are 3 options for the finished width of the blind outside the recess.

    • If the window has an architrave surround measure the width of the architrave at its widest point and add 1cm.
    • If there is a window sill measure the width of the window sill and add 1cm.
    • If there is no architrave meaure the width of the opening at its widest point. Add 12cm to give the finished blind a 6cm overlap each side.

    Choose one of these 3 options and measure to get your finished blind width.

    Decide DEPTH OF BLIND WHEN PULLED UP:

    • Decide what would be the ideal depth for your blind when it is pulled up. ( Top Section size
      )

    PATTERNED FABRIC PRO TIPS

    1. Consider the best pattern placement when the blind is up when deciding the your Top Section size
    2. If you are making a blind OUTSIDE the recess you may be able to adjust the length and width of your blind so it finishes in the best place on the pattern

    Your Questions & Comments

    Tania P

    Hello. Thank you for so much for such detailed, professional tutorials. I used one of them to make a pair of triple pleat lined curtains a few years ago - they turned out very nicely! I am now planning to make a couple of Roman blinds and have a question about the kit.

    My finished blind width will be 152.5 cm. I am planning to use a headrail kit from Merrick & Day, which comes in standard widths. The size nearest to my blind's width is 150 cm and the next one up is 180 cm. Can I get away with using the 150 cm wide kit or do I need to buy the 180 cm one and cut it to size? Just seems such a waste...

    SewHelpful:

    We would buy the 180cm and cut it down.

    Tania P

    Thank you!

    Glennis Lingard

    I like a very dark bedroom - I've looked at all your comments regarding backout interlining etc. If you hang a roman blind outside the recess (so I can put things on the window sill) would the blind then be hanging away from the wall so that you get light seepage around the edge. Would it be 'darker' to hang the blind inside the recess?

    SewHelpful:

    You will get more light seepage around the roman blind if you mount it outside the recess. You will still also get some light seepage around the blind though even if mounted inside the recess.

    If you really want to black the room out you need floor length blackout curtains returned to the wall covered with a pelmet.

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