How to Make a Hobbled Roman Shade
If you love the look of Roman Shades for your home, then we think you’re going to love this twist on their classic design — a hobbled Roman Shade, sometimes called a teardrop shade. Like a typical Roman Shade, a hobbled Roman Shade looks stacked when it’s raised. Where they differ is that hobbled Roman Shades retain their pleats (or hobbles), even when the shade is lowered. These pleats add a little extra statement to your window.
To make this hobbled Roman shade we relied on the help of the Sailrite® Fabric Calculator, which was designed by Sailrite founder Jim Grant. This calculator figures out how much fabric you’ll need for your shade based on your window dimensions and the repeat of your chosen fabric’s pattern. The calculator also calculates all your dimensions like the width and height of each pleat so you know exactly how to assemble the shade.
The assembly process for the hobbled Roman Shade is similar to a regular Roman Shade; the loops on the back are just spaced in such a way as to create the hobbles. In this video you’ll see how to use the Sure-Shade Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tape, which can be used on traditional Roman Shades too. This tape helps prevent the formation of hazardous loops that can cause injury to children.
In this video you’ll learn how to add a lining to your shade, mark the segments, add the lift cords, and finish and install the shade.
You can find the unique hardware pieces to build a hobbled or classic Roman Shade in our Roman Shade Hardware category.
Warning: Cords can be hazardous, even fatal, to young children. Keep cords out of reach of children. Keep cribs, playpens and other furniture away from cords. Do not tie cords together or allow cords to twist or loop together.
These instructions are intended for personal use. If making shades to sell or gift, they must comply with the latest safety regulations.