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
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Cord
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Options
  • - Invisible Marker/li>
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 10: Make Headrail Batten
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    TRADITIONAL WOODEN BATTEN - PULL CORD

    • Cut the wooden batten 1cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Cover the batten with lining or fabric depending on whether the batten will be seen when the blind is mounted and fix with staples.
    • Attach the adhesive hook tape (velcro) to the front of the batten along it's whole length. Also staple the tape on for extra strength.
    • Screw the brass eyelets into the base of the batten.
      • One at the end you wish to pull the blind cord from.
      • One direclty in line with each column of rings attached to the rod pockets of the blind.
    This video shows you
    • How to neatly cover a wooden batten.
    • How to attach the velcro.
    • How to insert the screw eyes.

    METAL BATTEN - CHAIN LINK (Blind Kit)

    • Cut the metal batten 0.5cm shorter than the finished width of the blind.
    • Adjust the cord drops to line up with the columns of rings on the back of the blind.

    Your Questions & Comments

    Louise

    Hi. How far back from the front edge of the batten should the eye screws be placed?

    SewHelpful:

    This is covered about 9:30 into the STEP 10 video

    Leonie Wilson

    Please could you tell me which roman blind kits you use or would recommend.

    Many thanks,

    Leonie

    SewHelpful:

    We use premium headrails from a trade only wholesaler, they are geared, use thicker gauge aluminium than standard and have a disc pull out safety system.

     There are lots of options on the internet (you get what you pay for). Try looking at Merrick and Day

    Kim

    What size is the wooden batten. I know it is 1cm less than the width but is it 2 or 3 cm deep

    SewHelpful:

    The one used in the video is 18mm by 34mm planed batten. The video  shows you how to get the ends and covering of the batten really neat and professional.

    Margaret Craig

    Hi again, my lady wants me to install her roman blinds using the "put together yourself batten/screw eyes option, which is fine. I'm intending to use the breakout rings as advised by you but unsure where to buy them from. Would 15mm be the correct size to use? Thank you so much again for your very helpful advice.

    SewHelpful:

    Be very careful check the new EU legislation, If you are UK based you have to make a blind for her compliant with new EU child safety rules. You would need to purchase a compliant kit that contains all the components that have been tested together. We do not currently make wooden batten systems for clients because we have yet to find a tested system that is compliant and works reliably. Too often safety devices break open under normal use (rather than when a child's head is stuck).

    We use compliant chain mechanism kits for our roman blinds that are supplied by a maker with their own tested cord breakouts and chain clips/breaks all labled and approved. There are restrictions on chain lengths contained in the legislation.

    Im afraid we will not offer advice on the new EU legislation it is up to you to find out what you need to comply with and comply. The instructions are based on the traditional method of making a roman blind and have been viewed by people from 180 countries. We only make you aware in the instructions you may need to modify them to be compliant with Your Country's Rules.

    Jane Brown

    Hi - can you tell me the size of the screw eyes you use please? I bought ones which are much smaller than the ones in the video look & I'm not sure if they're going to work as well?

    SewHelpful:

    We use brass ones in the video that have an extenral diameter of 15-16mm. On finer blinds with thin cord we have used 12mm external diameter screw eyes in the past.



    Sarah

    Loving the videos, thank you so much. Can l just ask why you cut the batten 1cm shorter? (Q from dad who is making the batten). Thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    We cut the batten shorter because there will be bulk added to each end of the batten when you cover it with fabric. What you dont want is the batten sticking out each side because it is wider then the blind. If you are painting it or covering it in lining you dont have to make it quite so short.

    Cath Sams

    I’m using a kit with a chain link system and see that the batten needs to be 0.5cm shorter than the blind width.

    Does the batten include the chain mechanism on the end and so mean that the blind will totally cover the chain mechanism?

    SewHelpful:

    With the mechanisms we use the blind covers everything at the top. We make it slightly shorter to allow for a little bit of adjustment and to make sure no headrail is sticking out.

    Sheridan Colson

    Hi there,

    If I have a blind that is 2m 10cm can I still use a batten? I know it would be better to use a track but can't afford it. It will have seven strings.

    Many thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We have made blinds that wide with battens in the past and they have worked. The bigger they get (heavier with more strings) the harder they are to pull up though. It will really depend how long and heavy your blind is.

    Nowadays we would use a mechanism and expect it to be geared at that size to cope with the weight. We also now use mechanism systems for all roman blinds  in the work shop as they are the easiest way to ensure that our blinds comply with child safety regulations.

    Sheridan Colson

    Its only 94cm long so do you think that will be okay?

    SewHelpful:

    Should work, but we can't give a definite answer as it will depend on the weight and how smoothly your cords pull.

    Sarah Rooke

     I'm making 3 blinds 110x200cm (big windows!). Do you think I'm ok with standard velcro baton/mechanism? Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We have made them that size with velcro baten before no problem. Nowadays though we would use a mechanism with child breakouts due to new safety rules.

    Sara

    Hi,

    I just had a question about the headrail - with regards to the actual wooden batten to be used, where can these be purchased? Are they available in DIY stores or will any dress-making/haberdashery stores have them?

    Sorry if it is a stupid question, but on nearly every online tutorial I've looked at this is never stated. Thanks in advance :-)

    SewHelpful:

    You can get them from DIY stores and Builders Merchants. We use 18mm by 34mm planed batten. 

    Hilary

    I have a traditional wooden curtain rail with rings which extends out about 2 inches on the usual support at each end Could I use this instead of the batten as then maybe the folds would come up under it and between the wall Help much appreciated

    SewHelpful:

    If you try that I would point out the following

    1. You will have to attach hook velcro along the length of the pole (which will be curved rather than a flat face so I'm not sure how that will look attaching the blind to it)
    2. The blind will not pull up in between the pole and the wall it will pull up under the pole.
    3. You will have to remove the rings and insert eyelets into the pole.
    4. The fixings holding the pole to the wall are designed to hold the weight of the curtain and the force of it being pulled sideways. With a blind you will be pulling down on these fixings as you pull on the blind cord. As the pole is held away from the wall this pulling down force may be too much for the fixings.
    K Potter

    Hi. I have a large window which is divided into three panes (UVPC) and I have bought three blinds - one for each window section. Now I realise that the plastic chain for the middle blind will hang down when the blind is up - I am worried that will look odd. Do you have any thoughts on this, or advice on anything else I can do?

    SewHelpful:

    Hi Kate we've answered some of your questions on facebook. We used to make blinds with battens and a cleat and run the strings from the middle blind through the other batten so evrything pulled from the side and nothing hung down in the middle.

    Nowadays due to child safety legislation we always use chain mechanisms with tested child safety systems. So a chain would hang from the middle blind if we were making them.  If you don't like that you could always buy one big blind, a pair of blinds (chain each side)  or go for curtains. At the end of the day it is a design decision with no right or wrong answer.

    Sanjay Agarwal

    Which is a better wooden or plastic batten for roman blinds Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We only supply metal headrails from the workshop nowadays as they are the best to comply with child safety regulations. 

    We've never used a plastic headrail. 

    Luisa Thorpe

    Apologies if you have answered a similar question elsewhere. I am about to make a blind 170cm width by 135cm drop. I appreciate the benefits you have stated and your preference for chain mechanisms. However, I have the rods, batten and bottom bar already and would prefer not to have to spend additional money on a chain rail. In your view, would a blind of this size pull up adequately with a traditional batten? The fabric is a quality weave so has some weight, but I will not be adding interlining to the weight.

    SewHelpful:

    You should be able to pull that 170cm wide blind up with a traditional wooden batten.

    Paula

    Can you please let me know if I can change the chain from right to left side on a cassette blind, if so how is this done? thanks

    SewHelpful:

    It will depend on what make you have. Generally you need to release a grub screw on a collar that attaches the cog mechanism to the metal rod that runs down the cassette (usually with a small allen key). 

    You then need to release the screws that hold the  cog mechanism to the cassette and slide it off. Then remove the end cap from the other end and slide the cog mechanism on the other end and secure into place with the screws and allen key onto the metal rod.

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