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
  • - Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Cord
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Options
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 4: Calculate Lining & Interlining Quantities

    To calculate the amount of lining required to make an interlined blind again we need to establish the Cut Width and Cut Drop of the lining which are slightly different to the fabric:

    LINING CUT WIDTH

    The lining is narrower than the fabric and the Cut Width is equal to the Finished Width of the blind.

    • Cut Width (lining) = Finished Width of blind

    LINING CUT DROP

    The lining is longer than the fabric though due to the rod pockets. To calculate the cut drop of the lining add a 5cm heading allowance, a 2cm hem allowance and an allowance* for each rod pocket to the finished blind length.

    (*The rod pocket allowance is the circumference of the rod plus 1cm, our fibre glass rods require a 2.5cm allowance.)

    • Lining Cut Drop = Finished Blind Length + 5cm heading allwnce + 2cm hem allwnce + (2.5cm*) per rod pocket

    LINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The calculation for the amount of lining required to make an interlined blind is

    • Multiply the "Number of fabric widths" by Cut Drop (for lining).

    INTERLINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The amount of interlining required is the same as the calculation for plain fabric.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Lisa
    Do I need to have an allowance for rods if using rod pocket tape
    Sew Helpful
    No because you would be sewing the tape onto flat lining and not forming any rod pockets with the lining.
    Sara
    Hi,
    I am using a linen material for my blinds and I was wondering would a 1pass thermal lining be suitable (non-blackout)?

    Also, what type of interlining is usually used for roman blinds?
    Sew Helpful
    We use a 180gsm synthetic Sarille Domett interlining on interlined blinds. This is the lighter of the 2 weights available as we find the heavier one makes the blind too bulky.
    Wendy
    Am I right in thinking that the cut drop lining measurement is different for interlined blinds i.e drop + 7cm for interlined but drop + (5+9cm)for lined (not inc. rod pocket allowance?
    Sew Helpful
    Yes the hems of the linings are different. The interlined blind only has a 2cm hem allowance and the lined blind has a 9cm hem allowance. If you read through both tutorials you will see how the hems are constructed differently.
    wendy
    Thank you for your advice so far. I am making a roman blind for a bathroom. Will this be ok interlined or is there the possibility that the interlining will shrink due to moisture?
    Also can I use double width lining to avoid joins?
    thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We haven't made wide interlined blinds for bathrooms but our normal width ones have had no problems. We use a light synthetic interlining  (a light pre shrunk cotton domett might also be ok)

    No reason why you can't use double width lining. If the drop of the lining isn't too much you also have the option of using the lining sideways (railroad) to avoid joins on a wide blind.
    Dee
    I want my blinds to keep out as much cold as possible, so interlining seems best rather than usual lining? Could one use both an interlining and regular or would they end up very bulky?
    Sew Helpful
    In this tutorial you do use regular cotton lining on the back and interlining sandwiched between the lining and the face fabric. We tend to use the lighter weight sarill interlinings when making these blinds.
    Jean
    Thinking of a 3m. wide roman blind should the joins on the interlining fabric correspond with the fabric seam lines?
    Sew Helpful
    We don't necessarily line the seams up. A 3m blind is quite an undertaking you will have to be very accurate getting it straight and square as any errors are amplified. Also an interlined 3m blind will be heavy you will need a geared mechaism to lift it, we would not make one with a wooden batten.
    Nicky
    Your tutorial is wonderfully clear and easy to follow! Have you any tips when using blackout lining with interlining?
    Sew Helpful
    We will be making some tutorials showing our methods making blackout, blackout interlined etc in due course. We would make with combined blackout interliner inside and a cotton lining on the back. This avoids alot of pinpricks of light through the blackout. 
    Joanne
    Hi, I want to make a roman blind for a bedroom, with black out lining. I've made one before following your lined roman blind tutorial. The blind looks lovely but you get shafts of light through the blind where you sew through the lining and the fabric. I was hoping making an interlined blind would avoid this. Is it ok to use black out lining for an interlined blind?
    Sew Helpful
    Nowadays we tend to make blackouts a similar way to interlined, Sandwiching the blackout lining or blackout bonded lining between the lining and fabric. This reduces the number of pinpricks of light through them. We are in the process of updating the roman blind tutorials and will be adding a blackout blind tutorial. I’m afraid it takes a long time to write the instructions and edit the videos so I can’t be specific on when they will be available.

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