Monday, April 9, 2012

Faux Cool: Roman Shades

Remember that naked window in the mudroom?

Well, it finally got dressed. 
I knew I wanted to do a roman shade of some sort and was all set to follow this DIY faux roman shade tutorial when I came across this idea from Amanda.
Not only was it much simpler (Martha's tutorial is quite extensive) but it also cheaper! The only downside to this method is that you can't really pull the shade up and down. This was fine with me because this window doesn't have a screen in it anyways, so it's rarely opened.

Here's all you need:
Fabric & 3 Tension Rods

Here's the basic breakdown:
Decide on fabric. I went with a gray linen so it wouldn't darken the room too much.
Then, measure your window and don't forget to include your seam allowance (I learned this lesson the hard way). Cut your fabric to the right dimensions and sew in your unfinished edges.

Next, create a pocket at the top to slip your tension rod through.

Now, take your finished piece of fabric to the window. Here you'll place two tension rods where you want your roman shade 'folds' to be.

Now, slip your third tension rod through the pocket you created at the top and place it in the window. Put the rest of the fabric behind both of the other rods.

Now pull your fabric over each of the rods until it hangs as you like it.

Your tension rods are hidden and you have the look of a roman shade!

This window treatment was so easy to create - I think I might make some for the new office!

Isn't it fun to know roman shades are no longer have to be expensive?!

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