How to Use Roman Shades

If you want to give a room a streamlined look, Roman Shades, with their neat stacks of fabric on the window, make for a great choice. These window coverings are very straightforward, and offer a nice minimalist look.

How do you make good use of this clean, practical window option? Let’s talk about a few things to keep in mind when choosing Roman Shades…


Customized Roman shades should have the right fabric, so that the pattern and color matches up with the look you are going for. Does the color and pattern clash with the window frame or walls? Will the fabric you have chosen be translucent enough to let in enough light, or are you hoping for more of a blackout look? Pay attention to the thickness and weight of the fabric as well, since you will want it to stack and operate easily whenever you retract it. Try to stay away from fabric that is overly rigid or excessively ornate. You can test the stiffness of fabric for Roman Shade by folding it a few times and seeing how easily it stacks. 

Constructed or Relaxed

There are two primary types of Roman shade. The relaxed shades will sag once they do not contain any stiff support structure. The structured shades will have rods sewn in to help them keep a straight edge at all times. The kind of fabric you use may dictate what style you go with for customized shades, says, who offer a wide selection of custom roman shades

Lined Shades

A secondary fabric that is sewn behind the primary fabric creates a lining to give your Roman Shades a more exquisite, luxurious appearance. This isn’t always necessary, but you should consider this option. The addition of a lining will help to block out some light and make it harder for anyone to see into your home when the shades are down. You may want a lining to help block out some of the sunlight during the brightest part of the day. 

Also take time to choose your lining. You can pick a blackout lining that keeps sunlight out, or a lighter cotton sateen that allows more sunlight through. You may even want an interlining, or a layer between the lining on the back and the face fabric to thicken the shades and block out even more light. This can add some extra body to your shades as well. 

Control Type

You have a choice to make when it comes to the shade controls as well. Will you go with a continuous sloop system, or a classic cord and cleat? Or perhaps you want an integrated electric motor control system that requires just the push of a button to operate. 

Keep these factors in mind when choosing Roman shades, so that you get window coverings you are happy with. 

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