How to Make a Hobbled Roman Shade

How to Make a Hobbled Roman Shade

If you love the look of Roman shades for your home then we think you’re going to love our newest how-to project—a hobbled Roman shade. These shades, sometimes called teardrop shades, are a twist on traditional Roman shades. Like a typical Roman shade, a hobbled Roman shade looks stacked when it’s raised. Where they differ is that hobbled Roman shades retain their pleats (or hobbles), even when the shade is lowered. These pleats add a little extra statement to your window.

To make this hobbled Roman shade we relied on the help of the Roman Shade Fabrication Pro App that was designed by Sailrite founder Jim Grant. This app calculates how much fabric you’ll need for your shade based on your window dimensions and the repeat of your chosen fabric’s pattern. The app also calculates all your dimensions like the width and height of each pleat so you know exactly how to assemble the shade.

The assembly process for the hobbled Roman shade is similar to a regular Roman Shade the loops on the back are just spaced in such a way as to create the hobbles. In this video you’ll see how to use the Sure-Shade Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tape, which can be used on traditional Roman Shades, too. This tape helps prevent the formation of hazardous loops that can cause injury to children.

In this video you’ll learn how to add a lining to your shade, mark the segments, add the lift cords, and finish and install the shade.

Materials List:

You can find all of the materials you need to build your own hobbled Roman shades at

Warning: Cords can be hazardous, even fatal, to young children. Keep cords out of reach of children. Keep cribs, playpens, and other furniture away from cords. Do not tie cords together or allow cords to twist or loop together.

These instructions are intended for personal use. If making shades to sell or gift, they must comply with the latest safety regulations.

What do you think of this style of Roman Shade? Would you use these for your home? Share your opinions and ask questions in the comments!

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