Monday, October 29, 2012
Faux Roman Shade
We have one of those dated, glass block windows in my master bathroom over the tub. It’s the only window on the west side of the house and the afternoon/early evening sun is way too much.
About 5 years ago I made a real roman shade for this window. You know, the kind with a pulley and strings, wooden dowels, and plastic rings that you can pull up and down? Well, I’m kind of giving my bedroom a mini makeover and the old roman shade just isn’t in my color scheme or style any more. Isn’t it amazing how you can love something one day and a few years later you’re wondering what the heck you were thinking? I do that all the time.
I bought curtain panels at IKEA a while back for my bedroom and bought an extra package thinking I may need them later. On Sunday, I decided I was going to get rid of the ugly roman shade and use one of the curtain panels to make something new. Remembering back to the day when I said NEVER AGAIN am I making another roman shade, I knew it needed to be something much faster and easier. After taking a few quick measurements of the old shade and the IKEA curtain panel, I knew just what to do…a faux roman shade. I already had three tension rods tucked away that I bought for another project and never used…perfect. So, here’s what I did…
The curtain panel was lined and just happened to be almost the exact width (total luck out). I used the hem already on the curtain and cut to size from the top. Then I measured and marked to sew three 1” casings (one for each tension rod). I just cut little slits close to the edge on the back side (liner side) to slip the rods through. Then I stapled the top to a wooden board that fits in the window casing at the top. My curtain was a tiny bit too wide, so I stapled in two pleats (one on each side of the shade) to take up a little slack.
Here’s a side view…you can’t even see the tension rods, since I cut the insert slits in from the edge about the width of the rubber stoppers on the rod.
I’m REALLY happy with the end result! It matches the bedroom and it’s such a bright, pretty change from my old dark roman shade.