How to Install a Roman Shade

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Steel measuring tape
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Drill with bits
  • Torpedo level
Materials Required
  • Roman shade
  • Pencil
  • Wall fasteners

Before You Begin

To measure a window for a Roman shade mounted inside the jamb, use a steel measuring tape and measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8 inch between inside surfaces of the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom, and use the narrowest width. Do not make any width deductions.

To find the height for an inside mount installation, measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8 inch from the inside surface at the top of the window to the sill at the left, middle and right and use the longest height. If you don't want the blind to touch the sill, deduct 1/4 inch. If there is no sill, measure the height to the point where the blind is to reach.

For an outside installation, find the width by measuring the exact distance to the nearest 1/8 inch between the outermost points where the blind is to be placed. For optimum light control, this measurement should extend 3/4 inches beyond the window opening on each side or 1 1/2 inch for the entire width.

To find the height for an outside installation, measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8 inch from where the top of the blind will be located to the top of the sill. If there is no sill or if the blind is to overlap the window frame, measure to the point the blind is to reach.

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  • Step 1 : Decide a mounting method

    Position the mounting brackets that came with the shade to become familiar with the way they fit. Push the tongue of the bracket into the slot on the top of the shade headrail.

    Decide a mounting method Use the holes on the top of the bracket for an inside mount.

    Use the holes on the top of the bracket for an inside mount Use holes in the back of the bracket for an outside mount.

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