27 MarBe Bold – How to Customise Roller Blinds?

Roller window blinds are usually made of a stiff fabric rolled around an aluminium tube.  The tube is mounted at the top of the window where it can be wound or unwound to set the amount of fabric you want to use to cover your windows. You can unwind the whole blind and cover the window shutting out light, or you can completely wind in the blind and see the beautiful scenery outside your windows. The blinds come in a huge range of patterns and colours, but if you want a bespoke window dressing suitable for many uses including as  loft blinds, read on to find out how to customise a roller blind.

You will need a roller blind, either bought new or re-use an old one.  If you are buying new, make sure you measure correctly to that it fits your window perfectly.  If you are using an old one, you won’t have to do the measuring if you are satisfied with its fitting.Now decide how you want to personalise your blind; the easiest methods are painting, attaching wallpaper or using some new fabric.

To attach new fabric, measure the full length and width of the blind you are using and add 120mm to both measurements.  You will also need a piece of fusible interface material which can be purchased in high street and online craft and sewing shops.

Layer up the new material, interfacing and blind evenly over one another.  Soak a towel in water and wring out and place over the blind, flattened and smoothed making sure that there aren’t any creases which could be seen on your finished roller blind.

Iron the layers of material with the iron around two thirds of the maximum iron temperature, and in that way you will connect the materials. Remove the towel and let everything cool down, so that the fabrics can connect and stick together. Now use seam sealant to prevent the edges from fraying and if you plan to use the blind in your kitchen or a bathroom, use waterproof sealant.

Painting your blind could unleash a creative side you never knew you had, from simple spots to complex geometric designs and beyond, the options are endless.  Seen a designer blind pattern you love? Recreate it!

Acrylic craft paints come in a huge range of colours or can be mixed to get the perfect shade.  Stencilling can be an easy way of getting the paint onto the blind if you are not artistic.  Simply squeeze a dab of paint onto a paper plate, dip a stencil brush into the paint, scrub to remove excess paint and then apply over the stencil in a circular motion.  For some stencils a random design works best, for others a precise positioning will be required, which can be achieved with repositionable tape.

Childrens roller blinds. Use a plain white or light colour blinds, and let your imagination run wild.  You can draw on the blind using brightly coloured markers or crayons.  Let your children have creative input and let them decorate the blinds with their own artwork.  Be Bold!

Now you have achieved the look you required put your roller blinds back in their brackets and check if they are working properly. You have successfully customised your roller blinds and created a unique finishing touch to your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom blind!


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