How to Make Your Own Roller Shade


If you’re looking to add a window treatment that will provide shade and privacy to your home, boat, or RV, why not try a roller shade? Roller shades have a sleeker look than mini-blinds but are just as easy to operate and allow for sun when you want it and shade when you don’t. Today we’re going to show you how to assemble a custom roller shade using a Roller Shade Clutch Kit.

While the roller shade kit comes with all the hardware you need, you’ll need to select the fabric for your shade. Before you choose your fabric, there are a couple of factors to consider. First, don’t pick a fabric that is too thick or heavy, these fabrics will be difficult to roll up. Similarly, a hem on the edges of the fabric will prevent the fabric from rolling up evenly. We suggest instead, using a fabric that doesn’t require a hem (like one you cut with a hotknife) or serging the edges. Phifertex Mesh and Sunbrella Sling fabrics, for example, work well because they don’t fray or require a hem.

In this video you will learn how to measure your window for the shade, mount the brackets, install the fabric, and finish the shade.


Materials List:

Our roller shades operate via a pull cord on the side of the window. All kits come complete with a drive tension device that keeps the bottom of the cord secure against the wall so it does not form a dangerous loop. Keep the cords out of the reach of children.

Find all the materials needed to make your own custom roller shades at

Have you made roller shades before? Do you have a spot in your house that could use a new shade? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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