How to Make Your Own Blackout Roller Blinds

Roller blinds.
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-50
What You'll Need
PVC fabric
Decorative fabric
Rods or roller blind kit
Tape measure

Blackout roller blinds help to keep the sun out of a room completely, meaning that night shift workers or young children can sleep through the day without being disturbed. Blackout roller blinds are available from many stores, both locally and on the world wide web. You can also make your own blackout blinds. You can install your own blackout blind just like a shop-bought one. By following a few simple steps you can make the perfect roller blind for your room.

Step 1 - Get Your Fabric

Purchase the material for making a blackout roller blind. The basic blackout fabric should be made of a material heavy enough to prevent light from penetrating the weave. Ideal fabrics include PVC, plastic sheeting, paper, and even bamboo. You will also need a lighter, more decorative material. This is the cover for your blind, so that it looks attractive from outside the house.

Step 2 - Make Your Blind Fabric

Once you have your fabrics, you will need to cut them to the right size. Measure the width and length of the window you wish to cover. Your final blind material must be cut to be slightly wider than the window, and two or even three times longer, depending upon the number of folds you wish to include in your finished product. If you have bought a roller blind kit, this will hang upon the number of rods you have available.

Cut the decorative cloth slightly larger than the blackout fabric. Lay the cloths together, with the blackout slightly inside the decorative. Fold the wider edges of the latter over the former, and sew a seam. You should now be able to lift the decorative cloth and the blackout at the same time.

Step 3 - Make the Folds

Sew several pockets into your fabric in order to hold the rods. Do this by folding the fabric into pleats, and sewing wherever the bottom of the cloth touches the higher part of it. You can then sew the rods into the bottom of each large pocket. This will cause the material to raise or lower, according to the roller mechanism.

Step 4 - Attach the Roller

Sew a loop at the top of your material, and push the roller section through this loop, so that you can touch both sides. Screw the roller onto the wall, and then string the blind cord through the roller, following the instructions for your particular kit. Thread the cord through each of the rods in turn, tying the cord to the final rod. Take the other end of the blind cord, and pull. That side of the roller should raise up. Repeat with the other side of the roller to enable you to raise or lower the blinds as you require.