The Ultimate Ikea Roller Shade Hack

I've been in the house almost a year now. And I just hung window treatments the other day. Whoops. Chalk it up to shifting priorities. Yet when the realtor came through to give me some tips on what I could to do make the house look more “finished” window treatments (at least blinds at the bare minimum in all of the rooms) is apparently a standard.

I'd pinterested a pin to this link/tutorial some time ago, which showed how to customize a cheap roller shade. Which is exactly what I did. Except instead of fabric, I just used an old shower curtain. Here is how I did it. 

My Ikea Roller Shade Hack (Isdans)

Getting Started

My local home supply store did not have roller shades in the specialty size I needed for one of the kitchen windows, so after some research I ended up ordering the Isdans roller shade from With the $15 shipping fee, it came out to $26 per shade. ($52 for both.) I ordered two 39 inch shades and cut them both to fit.

roller shade ikea

I then installed the hardware to the window.

installing window treatment hardware

window treatment hardware 2


Then measured again. NOTE: Be sure to include the length of  the little knob thingy on the end. On the first window I did it just from silver to silver (of the pole) and struggled for a good hour or two trying to put it up. The second time I measured from the knob to the silver part where I wanted to make a cut and marked it.

measuring cuts for pipe

Then I used a PVC pipe cutter to cut the non-knob end to length. Here is a great “How to use a kobalt pvc cutter” tutorial video since they don't come with instructions…apparently. Since the ends get a little smushed during the pipe cutting, you will most likely have to use needle nose pliers and/or a hammer to get it to the right size hole to fit the rest of your hardware.


PVC pipe cutter at work


Ikea Roller Shade Hack – The Fun Part

Now comes the fun part with the fabric. I laid mine face down on the floor of my office.

shower curtain all laid out

Look familiar? You may have seen it before in the guest bathroom.

bathroom from above with text

I didn't love it in the bathroom, but I thought the light blues, yellows, and soft gray matched up nearly perfect with the new ice blue kitchen color.

NOTE: Before you glue make sure your hardware is going to match up once you flip the shade to where the “front” of the fabric is. Mine was reversed and I had to start all over when I did my first shade. So make sure if your knob end is going to be on the left of the window sill that it is on the right side when you are gluing your fabric…if that makes sense.

Tips and Tricks for Your Own Ikea Roller Shade Hack

I searched online for the best-rated fabric glue. Turns out it is Unique Stitch Adhesive ($6.25 a tube on Amazon.) I was pretty impressed with the results. Now, all you have to do is line up the bottom with the seam of your shower curtain (if there is one.) Then unroll the roller shade all the way out (cutting for length if you need to-I did!) Then you glue your fabric all the way around, leaving an inch or so on each corner. It dries super fast, but I gave it about 30 minutes in between drying and hanging.


Then hang your shades.

window treatment before and after


I think it substantially cozies the room up.Forgive the difference in lighting, one set of photos was taken in the AM and the other at night. The morning “before” picture on both is a truer reflection of the “blue” tone of the walls.

2nd before and after window treatment collage

Why this Is Infinitely Better than Paying Out of Pocket

Custom roller shades with specialty fabric can cost anywhere from $3-500 per shade (I am checking prices again Smith+Noble, an upscale custom shade shop)  depending on any extra features and upgrades you get. It should be noted that my ikea shades can go down, but if I want to draw them up, I have to take them off the mount and manually roll them or roll them with my hands. Not ideal, but for $26 total (assuming you have the supplies and the shower curtain) you cannot beat the price.

I like the idea of giving the shower curtain a second life, and I liked that it came already hemmed so it looked a bit more finished than just gluing under would have.

Hope you guys enjoyed my custom window treatment hack!

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Custom fabric shades can cost anywhere between 3-500 dollars depending upon your window dimensions and upgrades. My ikea roller shade hack cost $26 to DIY! See how I did it.

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  • ariopecaro
    April 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

    The blind looks fantastic! I’m looking for new kitchen blinds at the moment too, so I’ll check on google. Also I want to find graphic roller blinds ..

  • Sarah Torrento
    April 2, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Lauren! I googled how to set up these blinds and this is what popped up!!! Such a small world!!! Thanks for posting this, I feel much more optimistic about setting these up in all 8 window frames! I should probably start with a glass (or 4) of wine. Miss ya!!!

    • Lauren Bee
      April 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Sarah! It is a small world- thanks for stopping by. Good luck on installing your roller shades – they were tough but look great. Glad to see you’re doing well. 🙂

  • Retired by 40
    July 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Nice! I would never have thought of that!

  • Nicola
    July 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    That looks great – you wouldn’t think it was so cheap! You are clever 🙂

    • Lauren Bowling
      July 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks! I am rarely crafty, so I feel pretty good about this one 🙂

  • debt debs
    July 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Wow you are so creative! Looks good and way to repurpose that shower curtain.

    • Lauren Bowling
      July 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you. Two weeks later and I’m still loving them!