The Ikea roller shade hack I used to create custom window treatments for $26

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About a gazillion years ago (2013) I bought my first home, did a massive home renovation, and created a substantial amount of equity. I dabbled a bit in DIY, and while I've long since abandoned my penchant for rolling up my sleeves, this post on my cheap ikea roller shade hack stands as a testament to my ability to be thrifty. So, it lives. After every round of content pruning, here my ikea roller shade hack tutorial stands. I've since married and divorced, and bought another home. Between the moving costs and interest rates, it's getting expensive up in herrrr, so I may return to this DIY project after all. It is now almost 2023, and I've got a lot of Want access to my free financial worksheets? Click here to subscribe (it’s free!) and gain instant access to a budgeting printable, debt pay-off tracker, money goals worksheet set, and more.

My Ikea Roller Shade Hack

Getting Started

After some research, I ended up ordering 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.
LB Note: The Isdans roller shade I used in the original tutorial is no longer available from Ikea. Similar options are the IKEA Tupplur or IKEA Skogsklover. I also love this similar Amazon option, which you can get for less than even the cheapest Ikea cost.
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. Measure twice, cut once. 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 may have to use needle nose pliers and/or a hammer to flatten it out again.
LB Note: Depending on the size of your window you may not even need to cut. You can just order a size that fits your window. My house is older, so the windows are of an odd size, which is why I had to cut.
PVC pipe cutter at work

Ikea Roller Shade Hack – The Fun Part

Now comes the fun part with the fabric. I laid my shower curtain face down on the floor of my office. shower curtain all laid out Look familiar? You may have seen the shower curtain 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 perfectly 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, I didn't double-check, and I had to start all over after I did my first shade and tried to hang it backward.

Tips and Tricks for Your Own Ikea Roller Shade Hack

I searched online for the best-rated fabric glue. Turns out it is this 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. glue 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 For Custom Roller Shades

Custom roller shades with specialty fabric can cost anywhere from $3-500 per shade or more (I am checking prices again Smith+Noble, an upscale custom shade shop)  and could go even higher if you have 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!
Want to DIY your own custom roller shade? Get the supplies you need here: Amazon Roller Shade, Kobalt PVC Pipe Cutter  – if applicable (Cuts up to 2 1/2 inches!), Unique Stitch Adhesive, Fabric Scissors. Cheers!


Added 2022: This post is gracefully aging, and so there's a lot to update you on.
LB Note: The Isdans roller shade is no longer available from Ikea. Similar options are the IKEA Tupplur or IKEA Skogsklover. I also love this similar Amazon option, which you can get for less than even the cheapest Ikea cost.
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