Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ryan's DIY Roman Shades.


I think just about every window could benefit from some sort of window treatment. I really love floor to ceiling drapes and would have that on just about every window of my house. I had planned to have nice long curtains in Ryan's room but unfortunately it just wasn't in the cards.

Reason 1: The window is right next to the corner making it hard to even hang a curtain rod.

Here is a picture of Ryan's room before we actually bought the house:

Reason 2: The room also has a chair rail. Actually, it's an 8" ledge that runs directly under the window and continues on the adjacent wall. This is very typical for split-level homes here in Rochester, MN. Seriously, almost every house we looked at before moving here had this feature. It makes it a bit difficult when placing furniture so it's not my favorite. That said, I apologize to any of you who are partial to the split wall thing.

So onto plan B.

Fortunately,  I also love Roman shades. So I decided to make a fixed, flat-fold Roman shade. I used the tutorial from a couple of blogs found here and here. They are really great tutorials so I won't worry about going into the details of how I made this. However, I have plans to make another one shortly so maybe I'll include a few tips/details with the next shade.

I really wanted some texture to compliment his dresser knobs so I used burlap, lined with dark brown material, for the shade. I then added upholstery webbing for faux ties.

I'm happy with how it turned out, and I'm maybe even a little grateful for the window/wall issues I faced because I never would have thought to do this otherwise. Plus, this project only cost me roughly $7.


  1. Clever idea using the upholstery webbing for ties; it looks really nice.

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  3. Great blog! I love the burlap webbing!

    As a lifelong Minnesotan, I thought I'd let you know that the ledge in your son's room wasn't a specifically selected design feature. It's simply a product of the way basements are constructed in the region. The ledge marks where the thicker cinder block/poured concrete walls (below ground) end and the slimmer timber construction begins. You'll find that the ledge runs around all of the outer walls of your basement. :)

  4. Hi Jo, thanks for the comment. While I knew the ledges that I complain so much about are the result of a structural feature of many of the homes here, I appreciated your explanation. I hope I don't come off as too critical because we do love Minnesota and are happy to be here.

  5. So Kristi, your burlap Roman shade can't be raised & lowered, correct? I love the look you've created but need mine to raise/lower. Wonder of this would work with a fabric as heavy as burlap? Your idea to line w/dark brown fabric is a great room-darkening trick. Thanks for your inspirations! Kay (forgive the anonymous, I haven't learned how to post comments any other way! :-)

    1. Hi Kay! Don't worry about posting annonymous, but I appreciate you signing your name! You are right, it's a fixed shade. Although I know there are tutorials out there on how to make them go up and down... I just wasn't that ambitious. :) If you end up making it I'd love to see a picture. Thanks for saying hi!

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