How to String Roman Blinds

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Stringing or restringing Roman blinds can be quick and easy. The placement of loops at measured intervals along the inside pleat-seams and three lengths of cord that work together creates the signature folded look for which Roman shades are known.

The stringing/restringing process is the same for both soft and rigid Roman blinds.

Gather all materials before starting. Make sure that the rings are 1/2 inch or less in diameter and that you have three times the number of pleat-seams on the shade plus three. Make sure the each length of cord measures three times the shade height plus the shade width.

With the wrong side of the shade facing up, measure the length of the shade and divide evenly into thirds. Draw a vertical line from top to bottom with the tailors' chalk or disappearing ink fabric pen.

Hand-sew the rings to the bottoms of the pleat-seams where the marked line and pleat-seams intersect.

Cut the cord into three equal sections and make a large knot in each at one end that will not pass through the bottom ring.

Thread each cord through the rings vertically letting the knot stop at the bottom ring. Thread the centre cord and cord furthest from the side where the cord operates across the top of the shade and through each eye where the blind and mounting batten meet.

Thread all three lengths of cord together and thread through the operation-side eye. Thread all three cords through the acorn, knot the cords together and trim so that the knot is hidden inside the acorn.

Replace the shade in the window; pull up the shade and tie it onto the cleat.