How To: Make Rice Paper Roller Shades (Guest Post)
Ever thought of making your own shades? If you’d like to know how to make rice paper shades, here’s how I do it.
I love these shades because they’re simple and organic and function well. They glow like Naguchi lamps. They work splendidly for our San Francisco Victorian or Bungalow tall, narrow, double hung windows (38″ wide max, unless you can find wider paper). When I first came up with this solution for my zen-fem friend, Rebecca, ten years ago, I was concerned that the paper would be too delicate. But we only just now had to refurbish them.
Price: about $85 per shade 33″x 60″.
1″ wooden dowels
2″ white cloth tape
roller shade hardware
carpenters straight edge
crosscut saw for cutting wood dowels
screwdriver or screw gun for mounting hardware
You start out measuring your windows for roller shades; width and height. Here’s where you need to decide where they will be mounted; on the wall or trim (outside mount) or in between window casing or shelving (inside mount) and which side of the window you want the controls. At least 13/4″ depth is needed for an inside mount shade. The paper will be narrower than this overall measurement by 1″ to 1 1/2″ to allow for hardware. The shade is limited by the width of the rice paper. The widest I’ve found the rice paper on a roll is 38″.
Don’t leave the window open when it’s raining.
(Kristin has been making and designing window coverings and fabric furnishings for bay area homes and feature films for 20 years. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)