How to Make Best Skylight Shades 5 Simple Steps

If there is one way in which you can improve the look of your room and even the resale value of your house, then skylight shade will be your answer. Skylight is that small opening on the roof from where your rooms will get ample sunlight during the daytime. Even that small opening on the roof will let you enjoy a starry night while you are getting ready to head for bed.

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Now, in order to have control regarding the amount of light you want your rooms to have, you need skylight shades. The main aim of these shades is to open or close the skylight according to your will. You never know when you might need the shades to protect you from the harsh sun rays. So, catching up with an expert to make skylight shades for your roof is necessary. Follow the 5 steps and start making shades on your own!

Step 1: The Tools and materials used to Make Skylight Shades

Now, you need to be aware of the tools and fabric materials used for manufacturing the shades. If you can check out some of the Thrift stores, you can get the raw materials within $30, if not less! Some of the materials, which must be a part of this project, will be:

  • Fabric glue
  • Smaller nails or screws
  • Old sheet or tablecloth, which is obviously in a good shape
  • Smaller diameter doweling per lite

Step 1.1 Then under the tool section, you have

  • Screwdriver or hammer
  • Drill and smaller drill bits
  • Hand saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors for cutting cloth
  • Straight edge

Step 2: Measuring

You need to work minutely in millimetres and meters if you want to get an accurate measurement of the skylight rooftop. The last thing you want is a shade, which is either too small to fit the space or too large and overlapping your skylight. So, taking proper measures when you have time is always important, even before you cut the fabric materials for the shades.

  • Make sure to measure it all and draw all possible diagrams. After that, it is vital to shop for cloth and not before that.
  • Measuring beforehand ensures that you have all the cloth you need for making a perfect shade for the skylight. Later, don’t forget to get the glue with the fabrics as well.

Step 3: Cutting

You need to have an undisturbed and flat ground where you will lay the fabric flat and then start the cutting process. You can start cutting the sections with the help of a guiding line, as eyeballed with a pen and a tape measure. 

  • Your main goal over here is to address the correct length and the test that it will lay on the ledge of the skylight well.
  • There needs to be a doweling at each one and then one in the middle. The main goal of the middle one is to support the cloth so that it won’t hang down low.

Step 4: The assembly process to cover-up

Now, it is that step where you have to assemble the pieces you have cut so far for creating a layout of the shade. Here, you have to start gluing the cloth to that of the doweling. 

  • Make sure to drill a smaller pilot hole and then secure it with the help of a small nail or screw, resulting in that extra strength.
  • In case you don’t want to cover up this step, then the fabric glue will hold down the business pretty well. 
  • It is time for you to affix all three dowels to the cloth for that sturdy hold over here.

Step 5: The final product

Once you are done with the assembly part, it is time to place the shade jut on the skylight to see if the fit is perfect. Make sure to stretch out the blinds across the entire skylight for that perfect fit. In case some tweaks need to be done, this placement will give you an idea of what to do next!

If you don’t want to go through these hassles on your own, ask a professional to come, measure the skylight and create a perfect shade for your use. They will take up all the hard work so that you can relax!


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