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How Roller Shades Are Constructed

how to make a roller shade

Roller shades have become a hot commodity around the world and today they can be found in the majority of modern homes. Roller shades present a sleek appearance, are extremely simple to operate, and can actually be produced without much complexity.

The size of the roller shade will of course determine the amount of fabric necessary. As more fabric is required, a tube with a larger diameter will be needed in order to support the extra weight. To connect the fabric to the tube, the fabric is welded onto a spline-lock attachment which easily snaps into the groove of the tube. Today, many roller shades out there are directly attached to the tube using adhesive tape, which just does not achieve the same level of sturdiness and security.

An aluminum hembar is then seamed into the bottom of the shade to act as a support weight and provide stability as the fabric is rolled along the tube.

Next, a “pin end” will be inserted to one side of the tube and a “clutch” to the other. The clutch is the mechanism by which the roller shade is operated, and it is connected to a vinyl beaded chain (which allows it to spin and roll the fabric up and down). In cases where cordless or motorized operating systems are desired, the clutch is exchanged with the appropriate component.

Finally, the pin end and clutch simply snap into the small holes in the mounting brackets, which are covered by endcaps for a cleaner look that does not expose any hardware.

Roller shades are excellent window covering solutions and we encourage you to browse our comprehensive Roller Shade Gallery, which includes dozens of live examples, 500+ fabrics and colors, and different operating systems!


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