Living Room Furniture Designs

Living Room Furniture Designs

Non-fabric blinds

Blinds do not, of course, have to be made of fabric. They can be constructed from cane, bamboo, wooden slats, paper and even metal, and are widely available in many styles, designs and colours ( 268 269).

First steps to making blinds

Roman blind constructio

A neat and restrained use of a Roman blind.

This one is tucked inside the architrave of the window and is made from plain white linen which allows sunlight to glow through it, making it appear almost luminous, as well as matching the pure white paint on the window and the restrained pattern of the walls.

Measure the height and width of the window, either inside the recess or to cover the architrave.

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Measuring up and estimating quantities

Decide exactly where the blind is to hang, then measure up, as follows, to find the finished dimensions and the amount of fabric you will need for your blind.

For a recessed blind, measure the height and width of the recess (A). For roller blind fabric, deduct 3cm (lAin) from the width to account for the ends of the mechanism within the window frame.

For a face-fixed blind, measure from the top of the hanging system at the chosen height to the sill for the drop (B) (or past the sill for a longer blind), and for the width add 5cm (2in) either side of the recess (C) so that the light will be blocked out. Get extra fabric if you plan to wrap the hanging batten with the same fabric in order to disguise it.

A fully pulled-up Roman blind. A = hanging allo.-.= B = depth of pleats; C = lower flap.

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