Although there are plenty of curtains available in the market, finding one that fits exactly into the theme and design of your home can still be difficult. If you are tired of all the draw up curtains or tacky designs that come with synthetic fibers, you should consider making your own roller blinds. Roller blinds are an ideal curtain for the modern home. These curtains are simple yet highly functional, and can be embellished in a hundred different ways. Here are ways to create your own roller blinds.
- Measure the window. Take a tape measure and measure the height and width of the window. Make sure that the height measurement has at least an additional four inches from the top and bottom. The excess fabric will act as the flap that will hold the roller and the dowel for the roller blinds. Add a quarter of an inch of fabric on the side measurements as well, since the fabric will come unprocessed, and you will need to add seams to seal off the raw edge of the cloth.
- Set up the roller blinds. Roller blind sets are available in most hardware and home furnishing shops. You can also purchase cheap roller blinds from the web. The roller blinds come with a roller which will hang on two brackets that should be screwed onto the wall. The brackets look like circular hooks which will hold the tips of the roller perfectly. Make sure that the brackets are positioned exactly equidistant from each other and forming a straight horizontal line, to accommodate the roller.
- Prepare the roller. Most rollers are wooden rods. You will need to attach the batten into the tips of the roller. This can be done by screwing on a metal head with prongs that will fit into the bracket. Once the prongs have been attached, check to see whether the roller fits with the brackets.
- Cut the fabric. Cut the fabric into the measurements that you have taken earlier. The edges should be folded and sewn into a seam that will prevent the raw edge from becoming ragged. When purchasing the fabric, it is best if you double the measurements so that you will have excess cloth for making additional embellishments such as throws and pillow covers to accentuate the window curtains.
- Prepare the fabric. Prepare the fabric by washing it in cloth stiffeners. You can also use a combination of lukewarm water and cornstarch to make the fabric stiff. This is crucial especially if you are working with soft cloths that can snag when the roller blinds are being used. Dry the fabric and iron it to remove the creases and folds. The fabric should be prepared carefully, since you will not be able to process the fabric once it is inserted into the roller and dowel.
- Insert into roller and dowel. Use fabric glue or sew-on buttons to create a pocket in the top and bottom of the fabric. Insert the roller into the top seams, and the dowel in the bottom seams. It is best to reinforce the fabric with pins or glue, so that it will not slide off into one side of the roller or dowel. Once done, attach to the brackets and pull the cord. This should roll the curtains up and down. Make adjustments as necessary to complement the image.
With roller blinds, decorating your home is easy. You can actually add embroidery into the fabric, or attach embellishments such as ribbons or tassels that will match the curtain with the rest of the room. With these steps, you should be able to make your own roller curtains.