Our Experience with Made-to-Measure Roman Blinds

We’re sharing our experience with our made-to-measure roman blinds and all the details you need including measuring your windows, cleaning, and more.

It’s been a few months since we gave you an update on the bathroom. The last you heard we had just finished a $450 phase 1 makeover of what I’m calling our “Moody-Cottage Style Bathroom”. Since then not a lot has changed, besides adding a very pretty statement piece.

Just before I went on my “mat leave”, which was really just a two-week break after I had our son who was born at the end of July. I made the decision to incorporate more texture into the design, and amp up the cozy factor. To do this I brought in a handmade wool rug and sourced made-to-measure roman blinds.

At the current moment, Canada has banned roman shades, roller blinds, and any decorative window coverings that have cords. Read more about their decision here. But we knew anything with a cord was out of the question, and I was fine with it anyway. I figured we could even get away with adding a stationary roman blind instead of a functional one.

Actually, the interesting story about our roman blinds is that they were made by one of our readers! Turns out Linda Rorison owns Linda’s Custom Decor a small Etsy shop, whose home base is in Barrie, Ontario. I reached out because I wanted to support a local business. To my surprise, she asked if I would be interested in sharing her custom shades with you all!

Of course, I said yes.

I figured while I was sharing her wonderful custom roman shades with you all, I could also answer some questions you might have about them as well.

How to Measure your Windows for Roman Shades?

When it comes to measuring your windows for roman shades (roman blinds whatever you want to call them) you should follow the steps below.

  • Check the mounting requirements to make sure you have enough flat surface for your roman shades.
  • If your window has no trim, the best is to have 2-3 inches on each side of the window so it covers the light and provides enough coverage.
  • Most places will have either roman shades mounted on the inside or outside of the window frame (ours is on the inside).
  • Measure following the Length X Width format.
  • You need three measurements, one at the top of the window, middle of the window and bottom of the window. Provide all three measurements in your order.
  • Repeat measurements for the width as well. You should have three measurements each for length and the width.

For more visual learners I’ve included an easy to follow the video below:

How to clean your new roman shades?

Every now and then you’ll probably want to clean your roman shades/roman blinds. I’m talking like maybe once every 6 months to a year.

I found the best way to clean them is to use a fabric steamer, like this one I got from Amazon. Simply add water, maybe a bit of lemon essential oil, and you are all set.

cleaning your made-to-measure roman blinds.
made-to-measure roman blinds

What I like the most about our made-to-measure roman blinds

I think the absolute best part of Linda’s roman blinds is that the quality is beyond amazing. I also appreciate that they are attached by velcro! It makes it so easy to clean them or take them down without having to remove the mount. Not to mention they come with predrilled screws, so you don’t have to worry about ruining them.

P.S You can check out Linda’s other creations by clicking the pictures below!

The only thing I will say is that it’s important you know how you want to mount it before you order, and to double-check the measurements.

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