How to Install Roman Shades Effortlessly

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Roman shades are like a cross between a blind and a curtain, pairing the functionality of blinds with the elegant fabric swags of a curtain. They’re a great window treatment for traditional decor and any rooms where you want to add a little bit of drama. This is why Roman shades are an especially great choice for living room blinds, dining room shades, and other large central rooms that are often used for entertaining guests.

Roman shades are relatively easy to install if you have the right tools. In order to learn how to install Roman shades on your own, you will need a pencil, a level, and a tape measure. You will also need either a power drill with some bits or a screwdriver, a hammer, and a nail. If your windows are very tall, you will also need a sturdy stepladder. Before beginning, unpack your window treatments and examine all the parts to ensure that you aren’t missing any hardware.

Here’s what you need to know about how to install Roman shades:

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How to Inside Mount Roman Shades

  1. Grab the headrail and position it inside the window frame. Most Roman shades need to be mounted a minimum of a ¼ inch away from the window in order to ensure enough clearance when fully extended; check the manufacturer’s instructions for specifics.
  2. Use a leveler to ensure the headrail is completely straight and mark the edges with a pencil. Grab the brackets, align them with the pencil marks, and then mark the screw holes with a pencil as well. Double check the measurements using a tape measure.
  3. Drill some pilot holes using a power drill and a drill bit. If you don’t have a power drill, grab a hammer and a nail instead (the nail should be smaller in diameter than the screws). Tap the nail partly in the wall, and then pull it out to create a pilot hole.
  4. Line up the first bracket with the pilot holes and secure the screws into the wall using either a power drill or a screwdriver. Do the same for the bracket on the other wide. If your Roman shades are large enough, you will need to do this process a third time for a center bracket. You may need to locate the bracket slightly off-center to avoid messing with the headrail mechanisms.
  5. Place the headrail into the brackets and rotate or slide it until the headrail clicks into place. Make sure that the headrail is completely secure and centered above the window.
  6. Test your new Roman shades by extending and raising them. Enjoy your new window treatments!

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How to Outside Mount Roman Shades

  1. Grab the headrail and position it above the window frame. Once you are happy with the placement, use a leveler to ensure that it is completely straight and centered above the window. Mark the edges with a pencil.
  2. Grab the brackets, align them with the pencil marks, and then mark the screw holes with a pencil as well. Double check the measurements using a tape measure.
  3. Drill some pilot holes using a power drill and a drill bit. If you don’t have a power drill, grab a hammer and a nail instead (the nail should be smaller in diameter than the screws). Tap the nail partly in the wall, and then pull it out to create a pilot hole.
  4. Line up the first bracket with the pilot holes and secure the screws into the wall using either a power drill or a screwdriver. Do the same for the bracket on the other side. If your Roman shades are large enough, you will need to do this process a third time for a center bracket. You may need to locate the bracket slightly off-center to avoid messing with the headrail mechanisms.
  5. Place the headrail into the brackets and rotate or slide it until the headrail clicks into place. Make sure that the headrail is completely secure and centered above the window.
  6. Test your new Roman shades by extending and raising them. Enjoy your new window treatments!
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To learn more about measuring and mounting blinds by yourself, visit our resource center. We offer many guides that walk you through various aspects of choosing and installing the perfect window treatments, whether it’s choosing between blinds vs. curtains or selecting the right color. If you can’t decide between several window treatments, then take advantage of our free sample program and get samples shipped straight to your door so you can see what the blinds will really look like in your home.

 


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