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
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Watch the videos for full step by step tution of the instructions and expert tips from the workshop

    Video User Comments

    I love your videos they have given me the confidence to make my own curtains and blinds....Julie

    Your videos are so good, thank you…..Alex

    Once again, I should say that I think the video tutorials are extremely well done. Although I've been sewing for years I've learnt lots of techniques that are new to me and that give a much more professional finish........Heather

    Thank you for such brilliant tutorials and videos....... ....Barbara

    I have absolutely loved your videos for curtain making, I have learnt so much from you….Charlotte

    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.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer. 
    Heather
    What are the usual dimensions for the wooden batten? I am branching out from dressmaking into curtains and blinds, doing roman blinds for customer for the first time! Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    The information is in the videos 18mm x 34mm. If you are goiing to be making the blind for someone else I suggest you watch the video on how to cover the batten. It will show you how to make a very neat professional job.
    Anne Perry
    I am using a cord lock rather than a cleat to hold the blind in place when raised. Do you have any tips for placement of same on the head rail?
    Sew Helpful
    We gave never used cord locks so cant offer any tips.
    Marion
    What size brass rings do you use
    Sew Helpful
    We use 15mm diameter hollow brass rings

    Kim
    What size is the wooden batten. I know it is 1cm less than the width but is it 2 or 3 cm deep
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Sew Helpful
    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 childs head is stuck).

    We use compliant chain mechaism 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 advise 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 there - I think this is the first step in which the velcro is mentioned, and it's not on list of 'materials', which is not a problem I just don't have that bit now! Can you just give me some advice on what type & size of velcro works please?
    Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    We'll update the list of materials. (thanks). The standard velcro size is about 20mm deep. This is consistent with the size of hook velcro you get on headrail kits. The videos and instructions are currently based (Aug 2015) around using that size hook and loop velcro.

    We do now make our blinds in the workshop with a deeper 50mm loop velcro on the blind heading to give it a bit more stability in the heading and a bit more room for adjusting the  blind on the headrail/batten. We are working on those new instructions and videos at the moment.
    Jane Brown
    Ok great thanks.
    For using the 50mm Velcro, would a batten of 18mm x 34mm still work?
    Sew Helpful
    Currently in the workshop we use 50mm loop on the fabric heading of the blind, and Approx 20mm hook on the batten (or the headrail).

    Approx 20mm loop on the fabric heading works fine (the way we used to make them) and is currently what is in the tutorial and videos. (In the new videos and tutorials we are making we will also show the 50mm loop we use)
    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?
    Sew Helpful
    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.


    Jean Bates
    Thanks, that is helpful to know. I will go and order mine now.
    Millie
    Hi, I am using 4 pull cords as it is a wide blind. Do I use 4 separate pieces of cord or can I link 2 pulls together, if you see what I mean? Many thanks
    Sew Helpful
    In the example all the cords are separate.

    There are systems available now though that join the cords together at the side then you only have one cord hanging down to pull. This makes the blind safer for children as there are no loops in the pull cord that could hang down.
    Kate Patterson
    Brass hollow rings, or transparent ones? Which is preferable, or is it a matter of personal taste?
    Sew Helpful
    No rules . We use brass hollow rings on all our blinds, except if we are making an unlined voile blind (see through) we would then use the clear plastic rings. 

     
    Linda
    I have slightly larger brass rings which I bought separately from my kit. The plastic rings in my kit are very small 7mm internal. I am reluctant to use these as I fear they will be come brittle and break at my south facing window. My brass rings are 18mm internal. I see these are bigger than you recommend. Will these bigger rings work please?
    Sew Helpful
    Kits have breakout sytems nowadays and the rings can be part of the system, so we wouldn't recommend changing components of a tested approved beakout system.

    With the systems we use the breakouts are at the bottom and the rings aren't part of it, so we use 12mm internal diameter brass rings at the other points. 
    Laura
    From start to finish how long would it take to make if I did it non stop, providing it all goes to plan thanks
    Sew Helpful
    For a normal sized blind you should be able to make it in a day. 
    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.
    Sew Helpful
    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.

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