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How To Replace The Fabric Of Blackout Roller Blinds

In more recent years, blackout roller blinds have become increasingly popular – particularly amongst families with small children (who often need to nap during the day) and those who work night shift (so are sleeping during the day). They completely block light from entering the room through the use of lined fabrics, pelmets and side channels. If you have noticed that your blinds are looking pretty dirty or are damaged, you might want to replace the fabric.

Step 1: Remove the old fabric

The very first thing that you will need to do is remove the old fabric. You will need to take the blind down – gently remove the rods from their positions to avoid damaging them, then take the roller off at the top. You might find that it has been screwed into place, but a screwdriver should enable you to remove it with ease. Once the roller is free, lay it and all other hardware to one side – you will need this when refitting the newly refurbished panel.

Step 2: Unsew the fabric

Blackout roller blinds are generally made from two pieces of fabric that have been sewn together – one is blackout and the other often features a more decorative design. If you wish to change only one of these fabrics, you will need to unpin the two pieces from each other. Do this by laying the entire panel down on a table and cutting through the knots that hold the thread together. You might find it helpful to pull the threads out using pliers (in case you get sore fingers).

Step 3: Sew in the new fabric

Once the fabric that you wish to replace has been unstitched, you’ll be able to sew in the new piece. Lay the new cloth where the old one has just been removed – you can use the existing holes to sew it into place. If you can’t see the old holes, just make new ones through both pieces of fabric to hold them together. It’s a good idea to pin the cloth together to prevent movement – the last thing you want to do is unpick some incorrect stitching.

Step 4: Replacing the whole panel

If both the blackout and the decorative fabrics have sustained damage of some kind, you may wish to replace them both. It may be possible for you to purchase a replacement panel, in which both materials have already been sewn together, or you might need to do this yourself. If you are sewing the two bits of cloth together, be sure to follow the instructions provided in the step above (except you will have to make your own holes).

Step 5: Reinstall the blind

Once you’ve finished replacing the fabric, you should be able to easily replace the hardware – take care to ensure that the rods are in a secure position and fix the material back onto the roller at the top. The whole thing can then be put back onto the blind mechanism (screwing it back into place if necessary) and the rods rethreaded with the pulley rope. The blind should now work as effectively as it did before, you’ll just have new fabric in its place.

We hope that the above instructions have clearly outlined how you can go about replacing the fabric in your blackout roller blinds. This is, however, only something you should attempt if the roller mechanism is still in very good condition – otherwise you will be better off replacing the blinds completely. If you are unsure about your ability to replace the fabric, our advice is to seek professional advice (they may even be able to do it for you).

Energy Window Fashions deals in all type of blinds, Awnings, curtains and Shutters including timber shutters, roller shutters and plantation shutters in Melbourne, Australia.