Friday, May 20, 2011

Arched Flat Roman Shade

How do you like our arched window treatment?  Really, that IS an arched flat Roman shade!  It's a shame that you can't see the arch; the installer said it fit perfectly. 

The homeowner does not like her arch.  She wanted to hide it.  The only proof I have that we made an arched Roman shade is the workroom photos.   That's John, holding the shade and waving to me.

Here he is, trying to suck in his gut for this picture.  As if.  He's a skinny rail these days.  The workroom is a real mess, though, isn't it?  Trash can overflowing, chairs up on the work table, must have been a busy day.  Ha.

This is a ribbed flat Roman.  The frame is made entirely from FirmaFlex.  

The Rollease clutch is set in enough that brackets can be used on the sides of the window molding.  You can see that we used mesh tube shroud for this shade.

I forgot to take a picture of the front of the frame, before stapling the shade on.  Here I've tried to pull the fabric back and get a shot of the inside of the front.  It's made to be open, so the installer can get his drill in there and put in a couple of screws up into the top of the window. 

The Empire valance is soft and sweet, made from an upholstery fabric with the shade matelasse as the lining.

Lip cord defines the edge.  I forgot to take a close-up of the draperies, which are made from the same face fabric plus the lip cord plus brush fringe.

Did I mention this is for a newborn baby girl's room?  A nice room to wake up in!

 Sweet dreams, baby!


  1. This shade is absolutely gorgeous and I'm interested in re-creating it.
    I'm curious what kind of brackets are used to install the arch? Is the board that the clutch is mounted to, wood or did you use firma-flex there as well?

  2. Hi- thank you! The straight part of the dustboard is regular lumber, and the arch and the solid back are firmaflex. Brackets were used on the straight part. The front was open to allow drilling straight up into the window frame.
    The shade fit perfectly; it's a shame you can't see the arch with the valance in front of it!

  3. Hi Deb
    I had a roman shade made for a regular window and is Top Down Bottom Up. I am wondering if I can take the premade shade and take the fabric off the rail and make a curve and reuse the fabric.
    Here is a photo of one. Would love your advice as I have been trying to figure this out for months.

  4. I guess if there's enough fabric, Tara, why not. If there are robs you might have to take out some at the top so they don't fall in the curve area. I'm not sure if I'm understanding the circumstances correctly.

  5. I think I can do it. It looks like everything is attached to the straight part like your photo and front has just a wrap around fabric. So I can take the valance fabric off and create a curve part with firmaflex (my arch is small one - eyebrow arch) so I don't think I need to mess with the shade itself. Fingers crossed.
    Where is the best place for me to buy the FirmaFlex™ Bendable Fiber Board, 72'' Long Strips?

  6. An eyebrow arch is a good shape to try this out on, Tara.
    Firmaflex is distributed exclusively by Rowley Company. It comes in various widths and lengths.
    Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  7. How did you measure the arch for the perfect fit? Sorry for the "anonymous" label, wasn't sure how to use the other selections. You can call me ST

    1. Hi! I made a paper template, then cut the shape out of cardboard and went back to confirm or refine the fit.

  8. how is the backing connected to the curved firmaflex and the 2x4? Thanks! Georgia in Lousiana

    1. Georgia, I'm sorry, I don't think I understand our question......!

  9. Deb--thank you for your generous sharing, excellent photography and entertaining copy writing. I'm doing a first-ever arched roman and your site is the first place on my research list. I could spend hours here. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Becky! I hope you find some helpful information here!