Many homeowners have come to the realisation that they can make the most of tight niches and unused corners by adding an old roman blind to the front of some shelving. Actually screening items from view is the point of practical storage, ensuring that you can just shove things in wherever they will fit before hiding the clutter. So, why not find an old or inexpensive bookshelf with narrow dimensions and re-cover a blind to go with it that suits your home?
What You Need
There are a number of items that you will need to pull this project off, including:
Fabric in a colour or pattern of your choice
An old or inexpensive roman blind
Thread (preferably in a colour that matches)
A bookshelf or set of shelves
Wall cleat for the cord (this comes with the blind)
2 nails or screws for attaching the blind
2 nails or screws for attaching the cleat
What Size Blind Do I Need?
Before you go searching for a roman blind, you will need to measure up the bookshelf – the panel should sit just below the top of the unit and should end just below the bottom shelf when fully extended. For a clean look, the panel should be slightly wider than the unit to ensure that everything is hidden. Measure up potential blinds as you find them to ensure that they are the appropriate size and shape.
Step 1 – Cut, Sew and Press
To begin with, you will need to measure out the fabric that you are using to cover the blind. You will need to add 5cm to both the width and the length of the fabric to ensure that it completely covers the panel. Cut the fabric to size, then sew and press a 2.5cm hem along both sides. Cut in the corners, then sew and press a 2.5cm hem along the two short sides.
Step 2 – Pin Together
Place the fabric onto a flat work surface, patterned side down, and smooth out any wrinkles that have developed. Place the fully extended blind on top of the fabric, right side down, and pin along both of the long sides (start in the middle and work your way out). Use some pins to mark where the cords run through the fabric to create each fold.
Step 3 – Sew Together
To actually secure the fabric to the blind, begin by sewing a seam along one long side. Then, pin along one of the horizontal seams where a panel folds (when it is raised). Start in the middle of the panel and work out towards the left and right sides, sewing along each seam. You will need to sew each seam in three parts, taking care to stop and fasten off when you reach the cord.
When all of the seams are done, sew down the other long side of the blind and then sew along the bottom. Secure the top of the fabric to the top of the panel using a needle and thread; a couple of stitches every 5cm or so should do the trick and be relatively secure.
Step 4 – Attach To The Unit
To attach the blind to the bookshelf, hold the top in place and use a pencil to mark where the hooks should be located. Place a nail or screw at each of these marks and hang the panel. Use the remaining nails or screws to attach the cleat to the side of the bookshelf for cord storage. You can use a nail to attach some finishing touches to the ends of the cords.
Once you have finished re-covering a roman blind in Melbourne and the whole unit is ready to go, it is imperative that you ensure the cords are secured in a safe manner. This will help to prevent children and even pets from experiencing a severe injury or even death thanks to their curiosity. Australian Standards will offer more information on this, just make sure that they are never allowed to create a loop that someone could get caught on.