Follow our extra tips to make the perfect Roman blind
Added February 21
Before you get stuck in stitching, study our measurement guide and download the diagram below to visualise the finished result of your Roman blind.
* Take these measurements from your window. If the blind in sitting inside the recess, first measure the drop (the measurement from the top to the base of the window), then the width, but take 1cm from this measurement to enable room for the blind to glide up and down.
* If the blind is sitting on the outside of the recess it needs to be at least 5cm wider than the window width and at least 5cm longer than the window – this measurement is dependent on whether the blind will sit on top of the window sill or drop below.
* When you have decided on the finished dimensions, add 10cm to the width measurement (5cm turning on each side of the blind) and 10cm to the length; this includes 3cms for the turning at the top of the blind and 7cms to make the channel for the base bar. Cut out the face fabric rectangle to these measurements.
Folds and pleats
* Before calculating the number of folds, it’s helpful to know the theory behind the measurements. One pleat = two folds, as a pleat is two sections of fabric folded together. A * * Roman Blinds end with one half pleat (one fold), because when you draw the blind up, this half fold hangs down at the front, covering the concertinaed pleats. So your blind will always have an odd number of folds: X number of pleats + 1 fold.
* To measure up, take the finished drop (the measurement you want the finished blind to be) and divide this measurement by an odd number – and the higher the odd number the more folds, and therefore pleats, will be formed. For example, 85cm (the finished drop) divided by five (the number of folds) will equal 17cm, and this measurement represents the length of each fold.
* The first fold position will be 17cm up from the base of the blind (the half pleat), and the next measurement is be 34cm up from the first (a full pleat), and 34cm up from this is the second pleat. This will be the position the Velcro will need stitching to.
* Cut the lining to the finished width (the measurement taken from the window) and the finished drop plus 3cm per pleat (to make room for the dowelling) and add an extra 3cm for the turning at the top of the blind. So, if the finished width was 60cm, and the finished drop is 85cm and there will be two pleats (as above), the lining should be cut to 60 x (85 + 6 + 3).
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