How to Make Roman Shades From Mini Blinds

Window coverings can make all the difference when decorating a room, and colorful Roman shades can really give a space a lift. However, custom Roman shades can be expensive. An inexpensive alternative is to convert regular mini blinds into Roman shades. Converting mini blinds to Roman shades is a fairly simple project that takes about an hour to complete. This project allows you to select your own fabric and shade style while still saving some money.

Step 1

Measure the window carefully, noting both the length and the width of the glass. When recording the dimensions of the window, add about an inch to the length to make sure the shade is long enough.

Step 2

Determine how many folds you want in your Roman shade. Most Roman shades have at least three or four folds, and six or seven would work for longer windows. Divide the number of folds by the length of the window to determine how far apart the slats should be spaced.

Step 3

Let the mini blind all the way out on a flat, level surface, such as the floor. Make sure the front of the slats are pointing toward the floor. Run the scissors through the small, horizontal strings holding the slats in place. Make sure the vertical lift cords remain intact.

Step 4

Pull the plugs from the bottom of the thick mini blind base and slide that bar off of the lift cords. Slide the plastic slats off of the lift cords, leaving behind the number required to create the correct number of folds (one per fold).

Step 5

Slid the base bar back on the mini blind's lift cords and measure the length of the lift cords to match the length of the window. Attach the base bar at that point and trim away the excess lift cords. Space the remaining slats evenly on the lift cords.

Step 6

Spread out the fabric on the floor, front-side-down, and center the mini blind on top of the fabric with the front of the slats facing toward the floor. Make sure the fabric is free of wrinkles and the mini blind is straight. Cut the fabric to the size of the mini blind, adding an additional 2 to 3 inches on each side of the rectangle to make room for seams.

Step 7

Fold over the top edge of the fabric and attach it to the top bar with fabric glue. Be careful not to get glue on the cord that controls the lift cords, as that will be needed to operate the Roman shade.

Step 8

Glue the front of the slats to the back of the fabric, taking care to keep glue off of the lift cords. Allow the glue to dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 9

Fold over and glue the remaining edges. Fold the side edges slightly over the edges of the slats, and fold the bottom edge up over the back of the thick base bar. Allow the fabric glue to dry thoroughly before hanging the Roman shade.