How to measure and hang a roman blind......

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As a roman blind maker I often get asked how to measure accurately for a roman blind- as buying directly from ebay means you miss out on the service of having someone do it for you! So here is a basic run through................

First decide where you want the blind to hang- inside the windiow recess or outside, covering the frame? Inside looks smart but you need to check and see if there is suitable space for the top fittings to be screwed into the window- see how to hang. Outside can make the window look larger and is ideal for windows with limited recess space, and is also better if no curtains are going to be fitted to compliment the blind.

If the blind is to be fitted inside a recess.........

1) The most important thing to consider is where the blind is to hang from- expensive rails are available and require special headings please check with the blind maker to see what will be provided. Most Roman blinds now come with velcro heading for easy of fitting and cleaning, this will cover the top 1-2 inches at the top back of the blind so the length of the blind needs to be measured from where you wish the top of the blind to cover, down to a few millmetres above the window sill. The width of the blind should be the same as the space available to hang from at the top so be careful to measure and check if your windows frame is actually straight! Believe me, they often arent! Remember to allow a few milimetres either side for ventilation, especially if your windows suffer from condensation. If you are attempting to prevent any light from entering, eg for a dark room, night worker or a nursery I would recomend having the blind outside the recess.

If the blind is to be fitted outside a recess............

2) It is important to have the blind large enough to cover the window with approx 4-8 inches extra on all four sides this keeps the blind in proportion and make sure the blind looks smart when raised, if you are unsure how much larger to make the blind work from where previous curtains and blinds have hung from. Please bear in mind the suitability of the wall above the window and any radiators or window sills below- your fitting will need to compensate for these.

Right or left hand pull cords?..................

You will also need to decide where you want the blind to be operated from, the left or the right.

How to hang the blind...............

It is the standard practice of professional blind makers to hang roman blinds on a fabric covered wooden baton (approx 1.5 inches-2inches in thickness for recesses, larger for outside if needed) screwed into the frame of a recess or above the window, with velcro stapled to the front, this provides a gap for the blind cords to move in and prevents the blind from touching the window, as this can cause damp. On the lower edge of the baton parallel with the rings and cords of the blinds there will be eyelet screws or vine eyes, metal loops that allow for the cords to pass to the left or right and support the blind.

If you are just buying the basic blind without this fitting is easy to prepare for yourself. You can use a plain piece of wooden baton, the complimentary velcro tape to the blind heading, either a staple gun and staples or a hammer and tacks for fixing velcro to wooden baton, eyelets screws, a cleat hook and a cord tidy or acorn. All you need to do is cut the baton to the correct width and screw into the frame, then tack or staple the velcro onto the face. The eyelet screws need to be attatched to the underside inline with the rings on the blind, making sure the cords move at right angles never diagonally. If the blind is to be pulled from the left each cord should pass through the eyelet screws to the left, so tat the far left one holds all the cords.

It is always advisable to lower the blind completely before tying any knot in the cords as a knot int he wrong place would hamper the blinds movement, after this you will be able to see where the cleat hook needs to be postitioned for the blind to be raised and lowered without getting stuck. You can attatch a acorn to tidy the cords if required.

There are other fitting for roman blinds available but this method is both ecomonical and simple and if done carefully can have really beautiful effects.

Many thanks Zia Koko

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