DIY Guide: How to Install Roman Blinds with Ease

DIY Guide: How to Install Roman Blinds with Ease

Whether you're an interior designer or a DIY enthusiast working on a new project, you know the charm Roman blinds can add to any room. 

These elegant window treatments are extremely popular, infusing spaces with a timeless blend of style and practicality. But did you also know the cost savings involved in self-installation? When correctly installed, we can unlock the potential for incredible aesthetics and versatility. 

Let us take you through some crucial pre-installation tips and guide you step-by-step on how to install Roman blinds with either an inside or outside mount. Together, we'll make your window treatments the envy of the neighbourhood!



Why Choose Roman Blinds?

Roman blinds are coveted for their elegance and timeless design, instantly uplifting any interior aesthetic. Beyond their appealing looks, these window treatments also offer excellent light filtering, insulation, and privacy. 

Like any window shades and blinds, we can't ignore the energy-saving contribution. Thanks to effective insulation, Roman blinds retain heat in winter and keep interiors cool in summer. Even better, they fit seamlessly into diverse spaces, from kitchens to bedrooms, due to the various materials and fabrics available. 

Our next focus will be explaining how to mount Roman shades and blinds, ensuring these energy-efficient, versatile, and stylish window treatments are installed perfectly. 

However, if you’re keen on knowing how to buy this type of window treatment, we have a separate article.

Roman Shade Pre-Installation Steps

Before diving into the details of a Roman blind installation, prepare accordingly. 

Preparation can prevent common pitfalls, ensuring a flawless finish. Start by checking that all parts and tools, like a tape measure and drill bit (for pre-drilled holes), are ready. In the upcoming sections, we'll detail how to master tasks like drilling a pilot hole and hanging Roman shades and blinds. 

Choose the Right Type of Roman Blinds

Each unique style of Roman blind provides a different aesthetic appeal to cater to various home decor aspirations. 



Flat Roman blinds, with their clean, neatly stacked folds when raised, offer a contemporary aesthetic and incredible design versatility. This option allows tailored control of light, enhancing both privacy and ambience. 

Likewise, cascade Roman blinds, known for their crisp folds resembling a waterfall, lend themselves to modern or contemporary homes while maintaining excellent functionality.



For those eyeing a traditional feel, hobbled Roman blinds, with their luxurious and opulent folds, create a grand appearance ideal for formal rooms.



Then there are relaxed Roman blinds, whose soft, curved folds exude rustic charm. They, however, require more hands-on attention each time they are raised.

Choose the Right Mount

Choosing between an inside or outside mount for your Roman blinds significantly affects both the function and aesthetics of your space.

Inside mounts offer a trim, built-in appearance, emphasizing window moulding. On the other hand, outside mounts cover the entire window, providing an illusion of it being larger or concealing an undesired view. 

Make sure to measure window dimensions accurately based on your chosen mount. Reflect on each option thoroughly to best accentuate your space's charm.

Measure the Window

When learning how to install Roman blinds, taking precise window measurements is paramount for optimal fit and functionality. 

Focus specifically on the width, length, and depth measurements of your window frame, ensuring that your blinds will fit correctly and operate smoothly. 

We also recommend using a metal tape measure for higher accuracy and suggest seeking assistance from a second person to guarantee precise readings. It's teamwork that defines the successful installation of window blinds.

Prepare Your Tools and Materials

Part of knowing how to attach Roman shades and blinds is having all the necessary tools and materials. 

Main Tools:

  • Tape measure
  • Power drill
  • A drill bit set
  • Pencil
  • Level

Components of Roman Blinds:

  • Brackets
  • Headrails 
  • Cord cleat
  • Cord mechanisms

While these are the essential items for mounting Roman shades, remember that safety should always be a top priority, so don't forget your safety equipment.

Optional and Safety Tools:

  • Laser level (for larger windows or multiple installations)
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves

Having everything on hand will make the process smoother, ensuring we are well-prepared for an easy and efficient installation.


How to Hang Inside Mount Roman Shades

Your online search for "installing Roman shades inside mount" led you here! We'll take you through a detailed guide, which should take approximately 40-60 minutes to complete.

  1. Begin by carefully positioning the brackets inside the window recess. Ensure that there are no obstructions like handles or window sills.
  2. Using your pencil, mark where the brackets should be placed within the window recess.
  3. Using the power drill, make a pilot hole at each of the marked positions.
  4. Use the screws provided to securely fasten each bracket. Ensure they are level for a smooth shade operation.
  5. Place your Roman shade in the brackets. The headrail should snap into place when positioned correctly.
  6. Do visual checks for free movement of the shade. It should be able to move smoothly without touching the window frame.
  7. Finally, secure your cord cleat to the window frame or wall. 

Through these steps, we assure you of an installation process marked by efficacy and ease. For more comprehensive guidance, you can refer to our other detailed guide specifically focused on how to install inside mount blinds, further demonstrating our commitment to making this DIY process simpler for everyone.

How to Hang Outside Mount Roman Shades

Ready to learn how to hang Roman blinds with an outside mount? We've got you covered! This step-by-step guide will detail the process, ensuring a successful installation.

  1. Start by deciding the height at which you want your blinds. This decision determines the optimal coverage and aesthetic appeal. Position your brackets beyond the window's edges. 
  2. Using a pencil, mark the desired spots for bracket placements. Look out for any wall irregularities that might affect installation.
  3. Drill pilot holes at each marked spot. Make sure the holes are levelled.
  4. Now, attach your brackets securely using the provided screws. Remember, aligned brackets are essential for hanging a shade properly.
  5. Next, position your Roman shade within the brackets. The headrail should click into place when aligned correctly.
  6. Run a quick check to ensure your shade hangs straight and moves evenly without obstructions. 

A quick tip for hanging your Roman blinds is to do as many visual checks for your brackets as possible! Ensuring the brackets are perfectly level and aligned will save future hassles, promising a smooth shade operation. 

Don't rush this step; take your time to make sure everything lines up. Using a level can aid significantly. 

Tips for Smooth Operation

Now that you've mastered how to put up Roman shades, we have some advice to ensure their smooth operation and longevity.

When operating your Roman shades, you may face a few common issues. These could be 

  • Misaligned brackets
  • Uneven shades
  • Incorrect cord tension

Troubleshooting these minor problems is easier than you might expect. Misaligned brackets can be adjusted with a level, uneven shades can be corrected by revisiting your measurements, and difficulties adjusting might require a little tension tweaking. 

Regular, gentle cleaning can also keep your blinds looking their best. 

If you, however, are seeking a more personalized touch, consider custom Roman shades. But where exactly do you find them?


Explore Your Options: Window Treatments Beyond Roman Blinds

As our guide on how to install Roman blinds comes to a close, remember that choosing the right style, taking accurate measurements, preparing adequately, and ensuring a smooth operation are the keys to success. 

Factory Direct Blinds offers bespoke solutions—including no drill blinds—presenting the perfect blend of style, functionality, and tailor-made appeal. It's all about providing options that breathe life into your spaces. 

To wrap up, we want to share an exciting offer: 35% off retail prices on all our products. Plus, we're happy to provide free shipping for all our blinds, shades, and shutters. 

If you're unsure about a style, material, or colour, don't fret. Factory Direct Blinds also offers free samples, helping you make the perfect choice for your space. It's all about bringing value and top-notch service to our customers.

Don't just take our word for it – listen to one of our many satisfied customers: 

"I bought nine white faux wood blinds. Two were for different size windows. Everything looks and fits beautifully. Very high quality, and the decorative valance looks amazing. I highly recommend these blinds." 

We strive to uphold this service quality for all our cherished clients. Ready to transform your space with beautiful, high-quality window dressings? Visit Factory Direct Blinds online today to explore the perfect blinds, shades, and shutters for your home!


Are Roman blinds hard to install?

A Roman blinds installation might seem challenging, but with step-by-step guidance, it's a manageable DIY project. 

How do you attach Roman blinds?

To attach Roman blinds, decide first on an inside or outside mount. For both types, position and secure the brackets, place the headrail within the brackets, and ensure the shade hangs straight and moves smoothly.

Our step-by-step guides on how to install Roman blinds reveal the entire process of attaching.

Do Roman blinds go inside or outside the window?

Roman blinds can be installed either inside or outside the window frame, depending on your preference and window style.

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