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
  • Step 4: Calculate Lining Quantity
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    This tutorial is based on using one width of fabric or lining to make a blind. Lining is usually approx 137cm wide, so most blinds less than 137cm wide will only need one width of lining (check your lining width).

    The lining panel is cut to the following size to make the blind:



    If you are using rod pocket tape RPA=0, please see ROD POCKET TAPE notes below.

    LINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The minimum amount of lining required to make a single width roman blind is

    LINING CUT DROP + TRIMMING ALLOWANCE.

    PRO TIP: Add at least an extra 6cm trimming allowance to the cut drop to ensure that the lining can be cut square during the making process.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS


    If you are using Rod Pocket Tape you will need to disregard the rod pocket allowance as you will not be making the rod pockets out of the lining. Therefore the ROD POCKET ALLOWANCE (RPA) = 0 when calculating the LINING CUT DROP.



    Your Questions & Comments

    Laurie

    Hi,

    I'm looking at fibreglass rods from Merrick & Day that are 4mm diameter. What is the diameter of the rods you refer to? Can I assume these are the same?

    Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    Yes

    Ginny

    I want a standard, non-blackout, lining but not too flimsy. What weight lining do you recommend? Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    The standard lining we use in the workroom nowadays is 200gsm.

    Annette

    Hi, Do you have any advice regarding the type of lining material I should use for 100% wool fabric? I have read that poly cotton or twill is better than pure cotton. I am making both roman blinds and curtains. Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We wouldn't use any special lining, we would just use our standard choice.

    Lisa

    If using rod tape do you need to add any allowance

    SewHelpful:

    You do not need the allowance for rod pockets because you would be sewing the tape onto flat lining and not forming any rod pockets with the lining. You will of course still need the heading and hem allowances.

    Jayne

    Is it always 5cm for the heading allowance in the lining cut drop or does it depend on the headrail allowance of 1.5 x the depth of the headrail ? My headrail depth is 4cm x 1.5 = 6, so would I allow 6cm for this or doesn't it matter ? Thank you

    SewHelpful:

    The 5cm heading allowance for the lining is an extra 5cm of lining used when making up the blind's lining and forming the heading. The headrail allowance is used when calculating the blind's dimensions. It ensures the blind folds do not hit the headrail when pulled up. They have nothing to do with each other at all.

    Carol

    I am about to start a blind 60 inches wide, so I will use a central panel of one width of fabric, with a strip each side to make the width. Should I do the same with the lining, so the seams line up, or should I just have a central seam in the lining?

    SewHelpful:

    If the drop of the blind is no more than about 119cm you can usually railroad the lining (using it sideways to avoid any joins). Otherwise we would make the lining panels up the same as the fabric so the seams line up.

    It can be a real pain trying to get the rods through at the joins in the lining as they sometimes catch on the flap of lining inside the pocket and get stuck (occasionally you have to unpick it slightly to get the rod through then sew back up). Using rod pocket tape would avoid that frustration.

    Samantha

    About the lining: my understanding is that if I am using rod tape, lining cut should be like finished blind (finished length and width).

    SewHelpful:

    No not correct for length:

    If you see in the instructions on this page and the next STEP 

    Using rod tape

    Lining cut length = blind length + 5cm Heading allowance + 9cm Hem allowance


    Yes correct for width:

    In the STEP 5 (next step) the lining is cut to the finished width of the blind 

    Sharon

    If adding a lining panel, do you need to distribute evenly to each side like with the main material or do you just add it on as one piece?

    Thanks.

    SewHelpful:

    We would balance the lining as we do with the fabric with a strip on either side. The lining seams probably won't align with the fabric seams but this is not a bad thing as there could be too much bulk if they are on top of each other.

    Simone

    Hello, Thank you so much for your videos & written information. I am absolutely loving them.

    Question -I am trying to decide if I should use rod pocket tape or using the lining to make the pockets. What are the pros & cons of each?

    SewHelpful:

    For a more professional finish make the pockets out of the lining. We dont use tape in the workshop.

    Elizabeth

    Roman blind width 212cm and drop 112cm. Is it ok to place lining across the way as its width is more than the finished drop of my fabric - would save joining and also save on amount of lining needed - just not sure if you can place two materials together with different grains...

    SewHelpful:

    If the width of the lining is less than the required lining  cut drop, using it sideways (railroading) would avoid joins. We have done this many times with the linings we use.

    Jackie

    Hello. And thank you for the tutorial. I am planning a blind for patio windows so it will be wider than the 137 standard width. Do you recommend cutting the lining so that it goes either side of a middle piece, as with the facing fabric, or is it ok to have a central seam? Thanks

    SewHelpful:

    We would make with a piece either side. You can buy double width lining to avoid the joins.

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