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How To Make Your Own Roller Shades

By Jesita Jerik

Having custom window shades made can be very expensive. However, with a little time and a bit of creativity you could simply make your shades to match any design you choose for a room. Making your own will not only give you the advantage of having them in whatever pattern you wish, but you will also be able to make them any size you need. So, there are multiple reasons for learning how to make your very own roller shades.

After discovering the need for custom window shades you can begin by seeking out a kit online, and these kits have almost everything you will need to create your shades. However, most of these kits do not include the fabric you will need to use. This is not a bad thing because you still have the freedom to use any pattern you choose to match the room design.

Most kits include: an aluminum shade roller, a clutch, a pair of brackets, end caps, a wood slat, and a beaded chain. These kits can be easily found online if they can’t be found locally. Ordering the kit online will also allow you to shop around for the lowest prices available

The various fabrics available are typically the iron on types, which allows you to make shades even if you lack the ability to sew and are not the domestic type. This freedom of design makes it simple to match your shade to any pattern you have in your home; for instance, your shades could match or accent your sofa or walls in the home.

In addition to the pretty fabric designs available, you may also get a room darkening fabric to keep out the sun and help keep your rooms cooler. Using room darkening fabric can help save on electric bills and keep you and your family more comfortable.

Just as in a fabric store, these fabrics are available by the yard and usually are 54″ wide. This means you should be able to simply measure your window and then easily order the size of fabric you need for the shade. However, because you have to have the sizes cut by the yard, you can’t return fabrics once they have been cut, so don’t change your mind!

Once you get the kit and your fabric, you could easily begin to put together and install the custom window shades in your home. In addition to an iron and a rotary cutting tool, you will also needs a few tools to install the window fittings.

If your roller shade kit doesn’t come with the instructions on how to put it all together, or if they are kind of confusing, then you simply need to look online for a great tutorial. There are many easy to follow instructions available to help this project be much easier for you. Once you discover a great tutorial you will be on your way to having custom window shades at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. A good tutorial should tell you things such as, make sure to cut your fabric two inches wider and nine inches wider than your desired shade size.

Learn how to choose and save on window shades. Stop by Jesita Jerik’s site where you can find out all about roller shades and what they can do for you when saving money is also an issue.

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Jerik, Jesita "How To Make Your Own Roller Shades." How To Make Your Own Roller Shades. 16 Aug. 2010. 9 Oct 2014 <>.

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Jerik, J (2010, August 16). How To Make Your Own Roller Shades. Retrieved October 9, 2014, from

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Jerik, Jesita "How To Make Your Own Roller Shades"

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