If you already have some of your own fabric and are planning to make your own roman blinds then it is worth considering buying a ‘make your own’ roman blind kit. A ‘make your own’ or ‘do it yourself’ roman blind kit will usually contain most of the things you will need to make your roman blind that you won’t already have at home and will save you time as you won’t have to source all the components individually.
Most standard roman blind kits contain the following components – corded headrail, rods, bottom bar, sew on rod pocket, sew on Velcro, cord tidies, cleat, installation brackets and acorn pull. The kits are usually available in standard widths of approximately 600mm up to approximately 2500mm. The kits are designed to be cut down to the exact window size so a customer should choose the next larger size up from the window he is intending to cover and then be prepared to cut down the headrail and all the rods with a hacksaw. This can be quite a fiddly job but is well within the diy capabilities of most householders. A roman blind made with a standard roman blind kit is operated by pulling a pull cord to open the blind which is then tied off around a cleat. To close the blind the cord is simply released.
In addition to the standard roman blind kits there are ‘deluxe’ roman blind kits on the market which differ from the standard kits in the mechanism in the headrail supplied. The deluxe roman blind kits have a continuous chain mechanism instead of the pull cord, which turns a roller within the headrail drawing up the blind lifting cords and gathering them around the roller. In a deluxe roman blind the headrail will be different but the rest of the components will be the same as in a standard kit though there will be no cleat or acorn as these are not be required as there is no pull cord. Most deluxe kits will contain a headrail, rods, bottom bar, sew on rod pocket, sew on Velcro, cord tidies and installation brackets. There is often an option to choose a metal or plastic chain to work the mechanism.
If you do not want to go to the expense of buying a roman blind kit then we have heard of people successfully making roman blinds by taking apart and reusing the cords and headrail of an old venetian blind and making rods from the old slats. However this would be a very fiddly task and we wouldn’t recommend it as the roman blind kits are relatively in-expensive.