One of the most practical types of curtains - Roman: They are suitable for almost any interior. They look neat, easy to wash, and easy to use. However, the installation of Roman blinds is often quite expensive, not to mention the price of the model itself. To get out of this situation is difficult, but it is quite possible: you need to make Roman curtains with your own hands.
The choice of fabric
Roman blinds are considered one of the mosteconomical models of curtains. Unlike long curtains or tulle, it covers exactly the size of the window, which allows not to spend much money on fabric. You can choose fabric for Roman curtains according to density, depending on the room in which it is located:
In the bedroom it is better to hang curtains made of thick fabric. In this case, you will have the opportunity if you want to take a nap during the day.
In the living room and in the kitchen it is possible to do with translucent curtains so that it is well lit from the street.
And also from its purpose:
If you want to protect the room from prying eyes, but at the same time leave the room bright, use a translucent fabric.
Tulle shines through if it is dark outside and the light is lit inside. If for you it does not play a big role, it is quite possible to use it.
Dense fabric does not transmit light well, so the curtain will have to be fully raised so that the sun's rays penetrate the room.
As for the pattern, it is usually chosen underinterior. In 2016, floral ornament is gaining popularity, as well as unusual prints. Beautifully look horizontal stripes, as well as Roman curtains in the style of color block.
Materials are selected at your discretion. If you are a supporter of natural fabrics, stop at cotton, linen and silk. For curtains, special blended fabrics have also been developed, which combine synthetic and natural fibers. For the kitchen, it is recommended to use synthetic fiber curtains, as they are easier to wash, they are less susceptible to soiling and fading.
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Roman curtains: advantages and disadvantages
Before making the Roman blinds, once again soberly evaluate their pros and cons. This is a rather painstaking work that requires a lot of time and effort, so you need to understand what the result will be.
Combined with almost any interior.
The possibility of mounting on a part of the window, on the window itself, not even the ceiling.
There are a different size, economically in terms of fabric.
Do not interfere with the penetration of air into the room.
Buying curtains is extremely expensive, even with self-production will have to lay out a tidy sum for the fabric.
Sewing roman blinds with your own hands takes a lot of time, and the slightest mistake can lead to the need to do it all over again.
Sensitive lifting mechanism, requires careful handling, and therefore not suitable for children.
Where to begin
Many girls are interested in how to make roman blinds with their own hands in order to somehow save money. First you need to decide on the size:
If you fix the curtain directly into the window opening, measure the length and width of the window itself.
The second option: you fix the curtain on the wall above the opening. In this case, the length of the curtain is measured from the wall, the fabric falls just below the sill in the unfolded state. The width is slightly larger than the width of the window itself.
Fabric of a certain length and width.
Velcro width Roman blinds.
From 7 to 8 pins of wood, plastic or metal - frame curtains. Diameter is about 4 mm, length is 3 cm less than the width of the curtain.
Rings made of metal or plastic for each "kulisku" - the distance between the bars. The diameter of the rings is about 0.1 cm.
3 nylon cords: 2 in length, 1 in width Roman curtains.
Weighting in the form of planks made of wood or plastic.
The bar for fastening the curtain 0,25m height, 0,05m thickness, width across the width of the curtain.
Small nails to attach the curtains to the bar.
Instructions for making Roman blinds
If you decide to make your roman blindshands, step by step instructions with photos you will definitely come in handy. First you need to mark the canvas to understand how much fabric and where to let go. Also read our article We sew curtains for the kitchen with your own hands. The following table will help you with this:
The height of the window is measured by the window opening or from the space above it, depending on the type of attachment that you have chosen.
The scheme for calculating the fabric is approximately as follows:
You need to draw a similar scheme for your curtains, and then transfer the markings to the fabric using chalk, soap, or a pen to mark the fabric.
Shut off the edges of the curtains with double hem.
Nail the bar to fix the curtains over the window,further to it with the help of small nails or a furniture stapler attach the adhesive tape, which will be attached to the Roman. Velcro is needed so that during washing you can easily remove the fabric and send it to the machine.
Fold the bottom of the curtain underneath and sew.from above. This "pocket" is designed for weighting. You do not need to stitch it on the sides: during washing, the weighting agent, like the other pins, is removed to avoid damaging the machine.
At the places designated for the pins, attach a finishing border to which the pins will be inserted afterwards.
On the border you need to sew rings: 3 for each. 2 at the edges, 1 in the middle. Later in the rings there will be laces for lifting the remakes.
Velcro is fastened to the top of the curtains for attachment to the bar.
Next you need to thread the threads into the rings as follows:
Pull out the cords, fasten them to the last ringknot, so that in the "unfolded" state of the curtains securely held. Next, attach a hook to the wall near the window so that you can fix the threads on it when lifting the rims.
Before flashing the curtain with a machine, go through allfolds with a “basting” seam, quickly attach the rings to make sure that the curtain really holds as it should. Only after that proceed to work on the sewing machine, so that you do not have to unpick the thread after, risking to spoil the fabric.
If you are sewing something like this for the first time, choosethe fabric with which it is convenient to work on a sewing machine. It is likely that problems with sewing may occur with tulle (thin) or drape (thick) fabric. Choose something in between like regular cotton linen.
Instead of cords, you can use a special eaves with a mechanism for lifting, but it is very expensive. When buying a Roman curtains in a store, the customer pays the most for the curtain rod.
Passing the cord through the rings, it should be firmly tied to each of them. Thus, the design will be more robust and reliable.
At the end of the cord, you can tie a ring to make it easier to hook on the hook with the Roman unfolded.
If you do not have a special hook, forAnchoring can use an ordinary nail. However, keep in mind that this design should look neat. If possible, wrap the nail with the remnants of fabric from the curtains so that it fits in color.
When making curtains, check the tension of the threads. If it is uneven, the folds when lifting will look sloppy and uneven. If this happens, it is enough to bandage the cord. Do not be lazy: do for yourself!
To regulate the lift curtains can braid rings on the length of the lifting cord. So you do not have to wind the cord on the hook, just pull it to the next ring.
At this step-by-step instruction "How to sew a Roman curtain" is over, go to the most interesting part - what unusual interior moves can be implemented with the help of the Romans?
Various design solutions
If you decide to sew roman blinds with your ownhands, step by step instructions will not give you the most important thing - imagination. We recommend reading our article. We select Japanese curtains for your interior. Rome itself looks stylish and unusual, but it can be made even more original:
Play with colors. It is quite possible to sew a curtain of several patches, and you can connect them both vertically and horizontally:
If you have a wide window, not one large Roman curtain looks much more harmonious (it’s quite difficult to find even such twigs), but several small ones, and the color of the Romans may differ:
If your apartment is made in eco style,Use fabric "bamboo", while it can be such only in color: real bamboo is quite expensive, and to make a Roman blinds out of it at home is extremely difficult.
Rome can act in tandem with ordinary curtains. In such cases, it is usually used as tulle:
Care for roman blinds
Roman blinds usually do not need frequentwashable. If you suddenly find that they are very dusty or have become grayish, it is enough to vacuum them. Traces of pollution left? Remove the Roman blind from the eaves, remove the weighting agent and the slats and run them in the washing machine in the “delicate wash” mode at 30 degrees. If the machine does not help, contact a dry cleaner.
Do not twist the curtains and do notsqueeze them in the washing machine. It's not even the ugly folds that will spoil the look of the Romans, but the damage to the fabric. This is especially true for fabric for tyuly, which is thin enough to simply tear from such an impact.
To dry the curtain, gently wrap it inTerry cloth and leave for some time. In this regard, the care of thick curtains is extremely inconvenient: if a thin fabric dries quickly, you will have to spend a few terry towels on a thick one. Do not dry the curtains on heating appliances or in the sun. In this case, you risk badly spoiling the fabric.