Creating faux Roman shades using just fabric and inexpensive tension rods is an affordable way to dress your windows! This is a great home hack to use when renting, or if you want to frequently change out your decor!
This post originally appeared on the blog in April 2015 and is worth revisiting!
Materials Needed for Faux Roman Shades:
- Fabric (I used Braemore Momento Jade.)
- Sewing machine or hem tape, fabric glue, or even hot glue–I’m not going to judge you!
- Two small spring tension rods per window
Step 1: Measure the length and width of the window area that you want to cover and cut and sew your fabric according to size.
Step 2: Place your tension rods in your window as shown below. I placed mine about 8 inches apart.
Step 3: If you create a rod pocket at the top of your fabric, you can simply slip the rod through your fabric. I didn’t do this and just tucked the top of my fabric above the tension rod. If you pull on it, then it will fall but it’s not going anywhere otherwise.
Step 4: Drape your fabric over the second tension rod with most of the fabric draping over the back of the rod.
Step 5: Create the bottom fold of your roman shade and drape it over the rod. You can even do this at 7am while trying desperately to catch the morning light–while still in your bathrobe–hoping that the camera has completely missed your rolled-up sleeves. #fail #donotjudgeme
Step 6: Pull the back of the fabric forward and fold it over to create your top pleat.
Fluff until you are happy with the look.
Step 7: Enjoy! You just dressed two windows in a matter of minutes!
If I want privacy, I can let the fabric down and just fold it back up when I want light. It’s a fantastic non-permanent and non-damaging solution for window treatments. I like to change my curtains several times a year, so this provides an ideal solution for me.
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