I am just wondering where you get your breakaways from? My blind kit only came with the clip on ones and I'm struggling to find sew on ones online.
They come from a trade only wholesaler with the headrail.
I want to use eyelets instead of rings on my rod pockets. Would it be OK to make the pocket 2cm wide? Should I sew an extra line of stitching to enclose the rod and separate it from the eyelet section? Would you recommend 4mm or 5mm eyelets?
Eyelets on the rod pockets is not something we do. We have looked at it in the past and would advise an extra stitch line to enclose the rod pocket and a 4 to 5cm allowance for the pocket. Some makers will put buckram in the pocket to make it sturdier and give the eyelet a bit more to grip on.
Please could you tell me which roman blind kits you use or would recommend.
We use premium headrails from a trade only wholesaler, they are geared,
use thicker gauge aluminium than standard and have a disc pull out
There are lots of options on the internet (you get what you pay for). Try looking at Merrick and Day
What size is the wooden batten. I know it is 1cm less than the width but is it 2 or 3 cm deep
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
I'm making 3 blinds 110x200cm (big windows!). Do you think I'm ok with standard velcro baton/mechanism? Thanks
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
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 :-)
You can get them from DIY stores and Builders Merchants. We use 18mm by 34mm planed batten.
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
If you try that I would point out the following
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?
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.
Which is a better wooden or plastic batten for roman blinds Thanks
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.
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.
You should be able to pull that 170cm wide blind up with a traditional wooden batten.
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
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.