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Roman Shades

Pleated Roman shades have been used for centuries although they seem very modern. Fabric shades provide privacy but clear off your window to provide light when opened. Consider an appliqué or stencil along the top fold (or face pleat). The shade will appear as an attractive valance when opened. Shade can be inside or outside mount. They are easy to install and can be sturdy and opaque or made from a translucent linen.


Traditional Roman shades relaxed Roman shades

made with Arts & Crafts appliqué or stenciling.

 A study with a standard lined shade showing the Madison Iris appliqué used sideways.

A study with a standard lined shade showing the Madison Iris appliqué used sideways.

Order our fabric sample pack to see all your options and decide if you will want your shades lined (about lining). Check our custom price list for full cost information or contact us with any questions or for an estimate.

TO ORDER ROMAN SHADES: Measuring for shades is similar to measuring for curtains. If your shades will be hanging within the window frame (inside mount), simply easier the inside top to sill (length) and side to side (width). For an inside mounted shade, you will need about 1" of flat space to screw the mounting board to the top of the window frame. If your shades will be outside mounted (on the window frame or door or on the wall above the window frame), you will need to decide where you want the shade to start and end to determine the width. It is traditional for all shades to stop at the window sill. The mounting board for outside mount shades attached with bracket. You will need about 1 1/2" of flat space for the bracket and the edge of the mounting board.

Select an applique design or a stencil. Roman shades pleat up from the bottom with the first part of the shade disappearing first. If you have a stencil or applique on the bottom edge of the shade, it will not show when the shade is up. A good place for a motif to be displayed is the top face pleat. There, it will look like a soft fabric valance when the shade is drawn up.

Generally, Roman shades come with drawing cords for the rigging on the right side of the shade. However, you may specify "left draw", for example, for the left of a bank of windows. Roman shades may be lined, just like curtains. Roman shades come with all the hardware you will need, including cleats to hold the cording against the wall.


1.  Decide if you would like inside or outside mount shades.
2.  Measure your windows to within an 1/8" and decide what style of shades you want. You can probably figure a rough price yourself (please see our price list), but we would be happy to do an estimate for you.
3.  Decide if you would like an applique (start with viewing our applique designs) or a stencil (see our stencil designs).

Email or call us with your information and we will do an estimate for you.