How to Recover Vinyl Roller Shades

Updated April 17, 2017

Vinyl roller shades provide light control and privacy, and are an inexpensive decorating option for any room in your home. Vinyl shades may be used alone or in conjunction with other window treatments. If you want to change up your decor, or the shades become dingy, you can recover them with fabric or wallpaper to extend their life and add a custom touch to your windows. Use material left over from a decorating project, or choose colours or prints that complement your decor.

Cover a large, flat surface with newspaper to protect it from adhesive overspray.

Unroll the shade and lay it flat on the protected surface, with the room side of the shade facing up. Cover each end of the roller shade with newspaper to protect from adhesive overspray. Tape the newspaper in place if necessary.

Measure the length and width of the vinyl shade. Cut your fabric or wallpaper 2 inches wider and 2 inches longer than these measurements. Iron the fabric, if needed. Set the fabric or wallpaper aside.

Spray the vinyl lightly and evenly with spray adhesive. Cover the entire vinyl surface, making sure to get spray adhesive along each edge.

Position the fabric or wallpaper atop the vinyl, right side up, with the top of the material even with the roller at the top of the shade. Make sure that the cover material extends beyond both sides and the bottom of the vinyl.

Smooth the fabric or wallpaper onto the vinyl with a rolling pin, if possible. Start from the centre and work to the edges of the vinyl. If you don't have a rolling pin, place both hands palm-down in the centre of the fabric or wallpaper and smooth it toward the edges in all directions. Let the adhesive dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer.

Turn the shade over. Trim the fabric or wallpaper even with the sides and bottom of the vinyl, using scissors.

Cover the other side of the vinyl roller shade in the same way, if desired.


If an air bubble is caught between the cover material and vinyl, prick the bubble with a pin to release the air, then press the cover material firmly against the vinyl.


Work in a well-ventilated area while using adhesive spray and protect adjacent surfaces from overspray.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Fabric or wallpaper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Iron (optional)
  • Rolling pin (optional)
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