Remember my office Before & After? I love the space. It’s super tranquil. However, it never felt totally finished because I didn’t have a window treatment. Sound like a familiar dilemma? I felt the same way, here and here. After searching high and low to find the perfect blind I resolved to make my own. Initially I thought I would make a Roman shade, but after visiting the fabric store and falling head over heals for this Dwell Studio fabric, I decided to let the fabric dictate the terms.
As a reminder, this is what my office looked like before the shade was in:
This is what it looks like with the shade:
The grays and black work perfectly with the space, and the strong graphic pattern really adds drama. However, upon folding the fabric to see how it might look as a Roman shade, I decided I needed to go with a simple roller shade instead. This would allow the fabric to lay flat and show off its glorious bold design.
To make the blind I used supplies available from Rowley and followed their instructions. They have a very informative step-by-step how-to video which you can watch here:
Not bad for a first try!
Making it was way simpler than I thought, BUT I don’t love the weight of the plastic laminate that the fabric is adhered to. I don’t need the black out quality of the plastic laminate, so to me the added weight of this material makes the blind feel too heavy. Now that I’ve tried making a roller shade from scratch I think I might go with more of a hack approach next time, like this one from Lonny. The only caveat here is that you are limited to the size blind being sold. I custom cut the hardware with a metal grinder so that the shade would fit my window perfectly. Here are some pics of the blind coming together:
So, if you want to DIY a roller shade, go right ahead. If you need a custom size I suggest going with a system like the one available from Rowley, if your windows are standard and one of the Ikea or other off the shelf roller blinds works for you then go with a hack, it will probably cost less.
The most important outcome is that I no longer have to hunt high and low for the perfect blind; I now know I can just make one. That is a very liberating feeling.