How to Easily Make No-Sew, DIY, Cordless, Room-Darkening Roman Shades For Windows, Doors & Kitchens

Has there been something small around your home that needed attention?

A problem or issue?

Something that sadly went ignored?  It just wasn’t as urgent or exciting as painting gold stripes on deer antlers or adding tiny dinosaurs to a succulent jungle.

Let me introduce my kitchen back door.  And the unwashed windows.

A well-used, functional, but largely ignored decorating opportunity.

So, let me explain the issue.  Here at the Charming Zebra household, we love natural light.  We crave it.  Each morning, every window covering our home is opened to its fullest extent to let in every last ray of sunshine.  And because our backyard has the beginnings of an overgrown jungle, privacy hasn’t been an issue with our kitchen windows.  Therefore, the window in the door has never had a blind or curtain.  It would all be well and good if it weren’t for the blazing, early evening Texas Summer sun streaming through the windows. It sears the faces of about 3/4 of the family sitting at the dinner table.


The kitchen door is metal, so my temporary solution was to stick on a magnetic mini curtain rod.  I would grab whatever material was closest and drape it over the rod to partially shield the burning rays from the faces of my suffering children. Shameful, I know.

I finally decided to make a more visually appealing solution to our dinner sunshine problem. Making no-sew, room-darkening roman shades seemed like a perfect fit for windows or doors in the kitchen or bathroom. Too much light was being let in. This DIY, cordless option greatly ended up serving the intended function.

I grabbed a brightly colored fabric remnant from Joann’s.

And I decided that it would be the perfect project to try out fabric glue.  And magnets, of course.

I wanted to make this as simple as possible. I just measured the size of the covering I wanted and cut the fabric with pinking shears so I wouldn’t have to hem the sides.  I then folded down the top edge and spaced four magnets right under the fold. It was then time to glue them.  I used scratch paper underneath so the glue wouldn’t stick to the table.

Next, I glued a green ribbon across the seam to give it support.

The glue dried beautifully, and the window blind worked just great.  But something was missing.

Pom Poms! I love them. The world could use more pom poms.

And this little window covering was begging for pom poms. So I just glued a string of white to the bottom edge of the blind.

I left a few inches of the bottom of the window uncovered so some light would still stream in.

The beauty of this simple window blind is that it can easily be put up or taken down.  When I don’t wish to have the window covered, I move the blind directly beneath the window.  That way, the morning light is invited in. I still have a pop of colorful pattern in the room in a very relaxed manner.  So simple.  So ridiculously easy.

So what about you?  Have you had to deal with the laser rays of the sun or have an unnatural affinity for pom poms?

If you are making your roman blinds, there are various other things that you may be interested in doing. You may be interested in something that entirely blacks out any sun coming in. Perhaps you're more interested in corded options.

That's completely fine! The cordless option we created works in the setting we needed it for. The magnet system may not be perfect, but it is an easy system to make yourself. If you desire to make it yourself, it is by far the easiest way to go about it. There is no need to create some advanced solutions with cords. There is also no reason to get yourself too involved in some adventure that you know you won't finish anyway.

As with the old window frame that I repurposed,  it is often important to keep DIY projects nice and simple to stick by. Keep them easy to get done in an afternoon or perhaps a day. You avoid having to bring them back up and work on them repeatedly weekend after weekend.

Various rooms have different purposes, so you must start by considering which room it is you're planning on using them for.

While you can use roman shades in any room, you see fit. You may want to have them have different properties depending on where you’re making and installing them. Various types of fabric will go well in various rooms. The type of fabric you choose for your project depends on the amount of sunlight you wish to have to come through your window. How well-lit is it? 

Are you making and installing them for the bedroom? Then you will probably want to go with a heavier, denser fabric. It is better at keeping the sunlight out unless you intend that the light will wake you up in the morning. 

Are you installing them in the kitchen instead? We only needed to have the shades block out a small portion of the light coming in. It is the reason it works perfectly to do it with a lighter type of fabric. It ensures that someone won’t get blinded if they’re looking in the direction of the light. It does so without making our kitchen feel like you’re stepping into the middle of the night either. 

What is the advantage of having roman blinds installed in your home over other types of blinds? They’re great for providing a perfect, snug fit that you won’t be able to achieve with Venetian curtains and other options used to provide shade. 

It has the ability to better insulate a one-pane window and give your home that homely feel you want. This cheap option is a great way to ensure you get some undisturbed sleep. With the various options available, you can make your roman shades the timeless décor your house has been begging for!

You need to consider the type of fabric you are going with and how it works with the rest of your house to get the best solution! Make sure your fabric doesn't stand out relative to the rest of the house. The blinds you're installing should provide some continuity in the house.

If your house is very modern in its furnishing, you will not want to install blinds similar to mine. Still, you would perhaps more likely go for a type of fabric that is more consistent in its color. I wanted the pattern to exude life and homeliness, and that it does!

You must consider the factors that could be influencing the fabric. Know whether or not you should expect it to hold up against the test of time in those environments.

Maybe you are installing shades of any kind in either your bathroom or kitchen. It is likely to get very damp, and you will want to make sure that you are using the right materials. It includes fabric.

Maybe you intend to make them yourself or whether you intend to buy the shades. You want to make sure that they adhere to the same principles of being mold-resistant. Get some that are easy to wash as you don't want any breeding ground for bacteria anywhere in your house.

With traditional fabrics, you will quickly see that they start experiencing unfortunate side effects when being exposed to lots of humidity. When you start folding layers of fabric into each other, it is difficult to dry out entirely. Still, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for both dust and mold. Not things you will want in any part of your home! In addition, blinds and fabric will soak up any liquid they can. It can be oil from your cooking or humidity in the air. Going for a solution that is easy to wash is much preferred when installing it in either your kitchen or bathroom.

Now, we don't experience vast amounts of humidity in our kitchen with how we generally live our lives and use the curtains. If it had been a curtain intended to go on top of the sink, I would have also been more selective in the fabric I used. Maybe you intend to use them in a place where you know you will be washing them often. You will want to make sure they are easy to take down.

Certain fabric types fare better in these more moist climates, such as polyester and cotton blends. They're both easy to clean and won't show damage as some of the other alternatives in the market. Some of the general fabric types to avoid in your very humid rooms include velvet and taffeta. You may not always be able to find exactly the right design that has also been made in the right fabric. You should know that it is more forgiving to go for a fabric that has a pattern. The pattern won't showcase the damage to the blinds the same way a piece of fabric will if it's made of a single color.

You may not necessarily want to have the same color shades throughout the entire house. Still, you would rather be interested in having various colored shades that suit each room instead. Choosing colors that contrast the room is one way to add a little bit of character to the place. Do it rather than simply having your entire space be white. You may even choose a fabric with contrasting colors within the pattern or design. Ensure that the blinds fit everything around it, including your existing furniture.

In the bathroom, there's one place where patterned shades do extremely well. Maybe you have one of those fancy new bathrooms with tile and ceramic from the floor to the ceiling. It's something that contrasts the entire design can be nice.

Guess what. Maybe you get tired of the pattern on the shade. Changing it out is about the cheapest bathroom upgrade you can make. It will still significantly impact the way the room feels to be in. Adding patterns to monochrome rooms is one of the ways you can break the traditional, modern design. Give it a little more character.

Besides having beautiful floral shades, you can also use patterns to accentuate different aspects of the room. For instance, did you know that striped blinds make a room seem bigger? Suppose you already have high ceilings and are adding horizontal lines to them. In that case, you're not just traditionally noticing that there are high ceilings. You will be paying closer attention to how high the ceiling is compared to the various horizontal lines, making the ceiling seem even higher.

When I was making the shades that I described above, I found the necessary fabric at Joann. However, there are a couple of other great options as well. Michaels and BLICK are other places where I go whenever I feel creative where I know I can also be sure to find the high-quality fabrics I am looking for.

I've been called crazy more than once, believe it or not.

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