How to Shorten Roman Window Blinds

Written by dianne christensen-herman
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A Roman blind is composed of a single piece of fabric that has a cord attached to lift it up or down. You may need to shorten the blind if you've measured improperly or if you want to move it to a window that is a different size. You can probably do this yourself with a few tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Metal measuring tape
  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

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  1. 1

    Determine the length of the window using a metal measuring tape. Metal is a good choice because it does not stretch like other tape measures do. Record the measurements with a pencil and piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Completely extend the blind with the lift cord. Lift the blind out of the brackets above the window and lay it flat on a large surface such as a table. Untie the cords from the bottom rings on the back of the blind.

  3. 3

    Mark the blind with a fabric pen at the length you wish it to be by using the window measurements. Add an additional 4 inches to account for hems. Draw a straight line across the blind with a measuring tape to keep the line straight. There should be two lines, one for the exact length and one for the hems.

  4. 4

    Cut across the hem line with scissors, making sure to keep the line straight.

  5. 5

    Fold up the fabric until it reaches the length line. Secure the fabric in the back with a hot glue gun, which will create a hem for the blind.

  6. 6

    Reattach the cords to the rings on the back side of the blind.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a clear adhesive or wood glue if you do not own a glue gun.
  • Add a few additional stitches for extra support at the hem if you feel it is necessary.

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