Roman shades are cool, literally. This is because they help block out the hot summer sun and damaging UV rays, providing shade to an otherwise sunny room. In the winter months, Roman shades have an insulating effect by trapping a layer of air between the window and the shade, reducing heat loss and keeping the warmth inside.
Multiple styles of Roman shades are available ready-made or you can make your own. We have instructions detailing how to make both flat Roman shades and relaxed Roman shades here, as well as a very easy false shade.
Historically Roman shades were made using shade rings or ring tape, and shade cord. Recent safety standards have called for the replacement of those items, with shrouded cord now being an option that reduces the strangulation hazard that rings and cord pose. To learn more about our shroud cord tape, please click here.
RowleyDIY has easy-to-use Roman shade kits that include the shroud cord tape, to help you make your own shades. Making Roman shades is fun and easy; nothing is more rewarding than seeing the perfect fabric accent for your room turned into a beautiful and functional window treatment. All you need is your selection of fabric, lining and a few basic sewing supplies.
Instructions on how to make Roman shades are abundant on the Internet. Some are excellent while others can be lacking. RowleyDIY is pleased to offer free instructions that were written and tested by experienced professionals, to help you “sew like a pro!” Click here to view our written instructions, or to watch our recorded videos and webinars. Using RowleyDIY shade kits makes creating your very own Roman shades an easy reality.