Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Shortening Bamboo Roman Shades

I'm very happy to report that this DIY tutorial [shortening bamboo roman shades] might be the easiest DIY project I've completed yet! And it doesn't take very long to complete, either, which is an added bonus.

For quite some time, I had been wanting to buy some bamboo roman shades for the TV room and kitchen, but dreaded spending the money. Isn't that always the case? It is at least in this first house! I had planned on custom ordering the blinds like we did throughout the rest of the house [with the wooden blinds]. Once at Lowe's and with quotes for in-stock vs. custom order in hand, the decision was easy. In-stock, definitely! The price pretty much doubled if I custom ordered the blinds. Lowe's had the color I was looking for, on hand, and it came with the privacy liner I wanted, so that made my decision even that much easier.

[Side note: If you want a black out liner attached to your blinds, you'll have to order the blinds. In-stock blinds do not have that feature. But if you still don't want to order, but would like a black out feature, check out this solution over on House Tweaking, which I stumbled upon the other day. Wish I had seen this prior to my purchase for the window that allows light to shine right onto our TV! Drives me crazy!]

Once I picked out the blinds I wanted, the specialist starting selecting the sizes according to my measurements and began cutting down the blinds. It's so fast! They cut the width of the blinds to fit your windows exactly. Takes no time at all! Most of the windows' lengths were not a real problem -- the actual shade being anywhere from 4-8 inches too long. Not a big deal. Unfortunately, the kitchen sink window is rather wide but extremely short. So the shades that fit the width were double the length! Not kidding. I needed a shade that was about 38" long, but the actual shade was 76" long! Literally double.

I knew that would be a problem and once it was hanging in our kitchen, yep -- I was right! It had so much extra length gathered that even when pulled up, it looked ridiculous.


 {Look at all of the extra gathered at the bottom!}


Luckily, shortening it was a breeze!

Step 1: With the shade still hanging and extended down, cut where you want the blind to end so it is the appropriate length.  [Be aware of the back when cutting.]

This is the bottom of the original blind after I cut it off. So I knew this is what I'd want my new end to look like:

Step 2: [At this point, it's much easier to work with the shade down, so you'll want to remove it from the window and lay on flat surface.] Remove any rings/cording that will no longer be needed. [See ring/cording at bottom of picture; they were at the bottom of the new end of the blind and needed to be removed.]

Step 3: Tie off end of cording.

Step 4: Using hot glue gun, glue up bottom to create finished bottom edge. [Note: Super glue does not work! I tried.]


Rehang blind and you're done!

So there you have it; in 4 easy steps, you can customize your bamboo roman shades so that they fit your windows perfectly! If I'd known that it was going to be this easy, I wouldn't have put off buying roman shades this long. You live and you learn, right? :)

10 comments:

  1. Your Amazing Camille, I love the idea and the tips on roman shades you made.. Btw if you're If you are looking for Roman blinds, we can provide these services to you.

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  2. So grateful that you shared this... I am going to attempt it...

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    1. Hi Leslie! I hope your blinds turned out well! :)

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  3. I know this is an older post, but do you know what brand and color of blinds you ended up with? They look perfect. :)

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    1. Hi Danielle! I purchased the in-stock Levolor bamboo blinds from Lowe's. Looking at their website, I think I purchased the Saatchi color, but am not 100% sure. I purchased the lightest shade of in-stock blinds that are already lined with a privacy liner. I hope this helps -- almost a year later and I still love them as much as I did on day 1! Good luck! :)

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  4. Thank you for this how-to Camille, I had the same problem with a Lowes blind over my sink and without your advice I would not have had the courage to shorten it. Cindy from TheCranesNest.com

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  5. Camille -- you are still helping fellow DIYers who have too-long shades from Lowes! Thanks, Doll!

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  6. Omg! Same problem- kitchen blind WAY too long. It's been up for a week and Ive been afraid to tackle it and ruin a $65 blind. Your tutorial was SO EASY! THANK YOU!

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  7. Omg! Same problem- kitchen blind WAY too long. It's been up for a week and Ive been afraid to tackle it and ruin a $65 blind. Your tutorial was SO EASY! THANK YOU!

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  8. Omg! Same problem- kitchen blind WAY too long. It's been up for a week and Ive been afraid to tackle it and ruin a $65 blind. Your tutorial was SO EASY! THANK YOU!

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