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    I've been asked to quote for three very large Roman blinds.
    they are 3m wide x4mlong!
    Anyone made blinds this big successfully. They are lined only.
    And advice, tips, pricing, mechs?
    Or my gut instinct is to say no too large!
    Yvonne

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    Re: Very large Roman blinds?

    Hi Yvonne

    Those really are big!

    I always use the pricing formula width x length divided by 900 multiplied by your chosen price per square foot for romans, which seems to work well for me in terms of time taken to make.

    Made to measure headrails would probably be best- Decorquip do headrails up to 310cms and there is always the motorised option. You could just get them made to measure completely which would spare you all the hassle.

    Gut instincts are usually good I think- if you would lose too much sleep over them, say no now!

    Good luck with your decision making!

    Best wishes
    Liz

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    • #3
      Re: Very large Roman blinds?

      Hi Yvonne, I just generally think that very large romans are not a good idea, so if a customer is enquiring about a very large blind I would usually suggest curtains. I have made blinds that are nearly this width before but not coupled with the length which I think will be the biggest problem, you will need an awful lot of pockets which isn't going to work well in my opinion, I think that if you explain the problems of making, fitting and operating blinds of this size you should be able to persuade the clients that the way forward for this window is curtains.

      Good luck
      Christine

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      • #4
        Re: Very large Roman blinds?

        When I saw your sizes I did wonder if Romans were the right product, but I think the suggestion of having a specialised maker produce them for you is an excellent one and I'd certainly give serious consideration to electric operation.

        However, in my world of Roller Blinds, there are any number of manufacturers that can make what for me are small, everyday size blinds. Most would use tubes between 45mm and 60mm in diameter. I would use 60mm or 80mm depending on cloth, and all of us can offer chain, crank or motorised. Many of us have 3m wide fabrics which would mean no joins.

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        • #5
          Re: Very large Roman blinds?

          You might find this an interesting read 4m roman on doors
          Definitely investigate which track has the best safety options and weight range....
          Louise


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          • #6
            Re: Very large Roman blinds?

            I made a very large blind some time ago for my client in Berlin, she had it interlined and it was huge! i made it like I would an interlined curtain, but started in the middle allowing the sides to drop off the table. It worked well. I charged her £800.00 labour and it was surprising stress free once I got my head around it and my mind in the right place.

            Railroad the linings, seam in the pockets. make in two pieces and calculate the join to land in a pocket.

            It was almost 2.7 wide and 2.9 long. (ish)
            Have you registered your business yet?

            http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


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            • #7
              Re: Very large Roman blinds?

              I made some very wide ones a few times but not as long as yours - I always use Evans premier headrails and made them as discribed by schuhby - however I would check weight of your fabrics and give Evans a ring - you might find that this is too heavy don't forget to include weight of rods and bottom bar - the other point of interest is how many rod pockets you'll need - if there are too many the blind will splay out when pulled up - not a great look - cascade will help but it will have a much longer overall drop -
              Hope this helps

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              • #8
                Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                I Have made a blind this big in the past and i put it on a silent gliss electric track .
                The best advice i could give is to use lots of stab stitches and extra cords.

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                • #9
                  Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                  Another thought is that most tracks including Evans only have 3m of cord on the spools so would not accommodate a 4m long blind. Something to check if you are wanting to go ahead with this.

                  Kind Regards
                  Christine

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                  • #10
                    Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                    Morning everyone, having had a four week "break" from work in order to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday, I am just getting around to the paperwork from weeks ago. I have decided to get a price for the roman blinds to be made by a specialist. I've read through all your comments and I am advising the client that it would be best to have a motorised track to house the blinds on. They are going to be used for privacy only in the evening in a building in the City to "block out the ugly surrounding buildings". I would be interested as to what you might be able to offer [email protected] in terms of roller blinds as my client originally wanted privacy blinds in the form of roller blinds but has been told by her supplier that "the size especially the drop against the width is too big to guarantee they will roll up and down smoothly without ‘going off’ at an angle".
                    Yvonne

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                    • #11
                      Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                      Hi Yvonne, I hope DH had a great birthday......we are just coming to the end of my DHs 70th trip........quick trip to Vienna, visitors and two and a half weeks in USA. F!y back from San Diego tomorrow. Boy these men know how to celebrate.
                      Nothing to do with large romans!!!!!!

                      Enid

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                      • #12
                        Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                        Please see the attached pictures. With the correct tube size, and fabric selection, these blinds do not represent a problem. The yellow ones are 5m high and run up and down without problems.

                        There is a rule of thumb with roller blinds that if the drop is more than 3 x the width, then you should start thinking about guiding the blind to make sure it tracks properly. But having now had the sizes, and quoted Yvonne, these are well within that criteria. They were a little under 3m wide by just over 4100mm drop so our small 60mm diameter tube is perfect, but we would upgrade to the medium 80mm tube if there was any doubt. Also, a 3m wide, smooth but heavy fabric ensures stability on the tube without having to railroad the cloth so these blinds will not need any joins. A good hem bar, spring assistance and 3mm thick laser cut steel brackets would complete the package.





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                        • #13
                          Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                          I am in the middle of one that is 176 wide by 210 long , blackout interlined, I probably wouldn't want to do one any bigger, my table is 150 x 284 cms.

                          I am charging £784 to include the track etc. Don't underestimate the amount of work !!!, LOTS of stab stitches.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                            We had a week on the Thames on a cruiser with our little dog Red which incorporated our 15th wedding anniversary. Then I had to make 4 romans which meant I ended up working in between (something I wished to avoid) and then I had organised, planned and paid for a garden party at home for 26 of our closest family and friends whom travelled from Cornwall, Stoke, Newcastle and London. It was a fantastic party, we did a sit down lunch three courses and then others came at tea time for sandwiches and cake ...... think the last person left at 2am on Monday morning. Then I had a week to clean everything up and put the house back together as we had people staying wi us too.

                            Sounds fantastic what you did for your husbands 70th, hope Dick had a really lovely time, I did follow your American trip but hadn't realised until the 70th cards were opened that Dick was the same age as Colin. Incidentally Enid what date was Dick's birthday? Colin was the 5th July.

                            Back to work now with avegence, loads to do for schools this month and next! Need to book another holiday for September.

                            Many congratulations to Dick too.
                            Yvonne

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                            • #15
                              Re: Very large Roman blinds?

                              We are home today, Yvonne, great trip but really tired......and as for the washing......his birthday was 9th July and we had dinner at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon....spectacular sunset accompanied by striking lightening and a beautiful dinner. Work will have to wait until I get cleared up and straightened.

                              Enid

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