How to Create Roman Shades from Mini Blinds

how to create roman shades

So you’ve decided that this is the year that you will give the interior style of your home a much-needed makeover. Great! However, if you’re like most homeowners, you probably want to get the very most for your dollar, while still getting the most design benefit.

A common belief is that it is difficult and tricky unless you have a background that involves a lot of crafting or hands-on design work.

However, we’re here to tell you that you can give your home a design facelift with ease. One of the best places to start that can make the most impact is with your window shades because they can easily be an eyesore or a key design piece that ties together the whole décor.

We’re going to tell you step-by-step how to make roman shades from mini blinds and you’ll be surprised at how easy it truly is.

Roman shades are a unique style of window treatment that utilizes fabric to block out the sun and create a stylish, clean and uncluttered look. When opened, roman shades have gathered fabric panels that offer an eloquent touch and when closed, the seamless, flat design can showcase the choice of fabric.

Buying a new set of roman blinds can set you back a hefty amount of money but by following these simple steps, you will be able to turn those old, cluttered blinds into wonderful accent design pieces.

Needed Supplies and Tools

  • Mini blinds
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric of your choice

Measuring and Deciding

Measure the length of your windows and be sure to add an extra inch at the bottom to ensure that your new shades will cover the entire window. Next, you need to decide how many folds your shades will have.

Typically, roman shades have three or four folds but ultimately depends on your preference and size of windows. Once you’ve decided how many folds you will want, take the total length of your window that you measured and divide it by the number of folds you want to figure out how far apart to space your folds.

For example: 4’ window/4 folds=1’ apart. Also, the number of folds will help you determine how many slats to leave on your blinds.

Remove Extra Slats

Hopefully, the size of your original blinds is suited for your window properly. Next, remove them from your window and lay your blinds face-down on the ground. On the back of the blinds, you will find the horizontal strings that hold the slats (not the vertical lift cord).

Using your scissors, carefully cut these strings and remove the plastic plugs that are on the bottom bar. Remove the bar, set it aside and carefully pull off the remaining slats, leaving only the slats necessary for the folds (leave one slat where you wish the fold to occur).

When all the desired slats are removed, reattach the bottom bar on the vertical cord and remove all excess cords.

Fabric Time

Lay the fabric face-down on the floor and lay the blinds (also face down) on top of the fabric. Make sure that the fabric is wrinkle-free and that the remaining blinds are spaced out evenly depending on the number of folds that you want. Center the blind on the fabric and cut away all extra fabric leaving a 2” border around the blinds.


Now that your blinds are centered, spaced and wrinkle-free you are ready to glue the fabric into place. Start by folding the extra fabric over the top slat and glue it into place using fabric glue. Next, you need to attach the remaining slats (front side) to the fabric at the desired spacing.

Then you are going to attach the rest of the fabric along the sides of the slats while being careful not to get any glue on the vertical lift cord. Finally, glue the bottom of the fabric around the base bar. Allow glue to dry completely before trying to move it.


Once the glue has dried, you can rehang your shades the same way as you did for your blinds. When attached, pull the vertical lift cord to draw you newly created roman shades up. The bottom of the folds should happen where you left the slats in. Ta-da!

Simple as that! You have just transformed your outdated and unexciting mini blinds into a stylish new window treatment. If this seems a little too far out of your DIY wheelhouse, have no fear because at Next Design we specialize in draperies, shades and upholstery for all of Miami.

You will find expert advice and products you’ll love at our 2,000 sq. ft. showroom in North Miami. So, stop on by to ask questions, find inspiration or let us handle your project.

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