How to Attach Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are a style of window treatment that typically fits inside the casing of a window frame. The blind pulls up using a cord that is wrapped around a cleat mounted to the side of the window. Roman blinds are often formal, with simple pleats that have a tailored look. However, these blinds actually come in many different styles. Some favourites are waterfall style, relaxed Roman and Austrian. No matter what they look like from the front, they attach and operate like Roman blinds.

Unwrap your Roman shades. Often they are shipped in a long box and inside the box the shade is wrapped in bubble wrap. Be careful opening the packaging as you do not want to accidentally cut any cords. Place your Roman shade face up on your work table and make sure the fabric is in good shape. Turn your shade over and locate the bottom of the shade.

Look for a dowel that has been inserted into the fabric along the bottom edge. This dowel is used to weight the bottom edge of the blind and to maintain the horizontal look. The top fabric edge of the blind should be mounted to a wood batten that is perhaps 1-by-3-inches by the width of your window. Many roman blinds now attach to the batten using hook and loop tape.

Find the bottom most loops or slots. These will be located at each rib (dowel). Your blind should have a cord knotted in three or more evenly spaced locations across the width of the blind. Each cord should thread upward through the loop or slot vertically above it to the top of the blind. The cord should then thread through a screw-eye mounted to the bottom of the batten. If your cords are not threaded you will need to thread them now.

Thread each cord through its screw-eye mounted on the bottom side of the batten. There will be an extra screw-eye far to one side. Each cord should go through all of the screw-eyes moving toward the extra screw-eye. Each cord should go through the extra screw eye too. This will bring all of your cords to one side so they can be pulled together.

Mount your batten to the underside top of your window casing. Use long wood screws (they are usually provided with mounting hardware) and screw through the batten into the window framing. With the blind fully down gather your cords evenly. Attach a cord reducer about 8 to 10 inches down from the extra screw-eye. A cord reducer is a small plastic device that converts many cords to one cord.

Slide an acorn over the end of the single cord and knot the cord. An acorn is a small plastic cup that covers the knot. The acorn makes the end of the cord easier to find and pull.

Attach a cleat to the side of the window frame about 2/3 down the side of the window. A cleat is a two-hook metal plate that screws into the wood frame or the wall. Wrap the cord around the cleat when the blind is opened to the point you want.


Show your children, family and friends how to operate the Roman blind by using the cord instead of pulling on the blind. Some Roman blinds mount with two brackets screwed into the casing. The batten is then called a headrail. The headrail hooks on the front of the brackets and rotates back toward the window where it snaps into the back side of the bracket. With this style the batten is built into the headrail.

Things You'll Need

  • Roman shades
  • Scissors
  • Wood screws
  • Screw driver
  • Nylon cords
  • Cord reducer
  • Acorn
  • Cleat
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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.