A measure of progress

Update – Looks like IKEA is no longer carrying the Tuppler shade! I can’t believe it! All links to the IKEA product page have been removed below.

Ikea Tupplur Shade Install

I’ll admit it, I worked my butt off on Saturday. Eight hours of queued Parenthood episodes on my TiVo can prove it more than what I have to show for it.

My blood, sweat and tears all went into the customization of two IKEA window shade rollers. Yep, window treatments.

Andrea Excited

To me this was a major achivement. These buggers were tricky and a pain in the you-know-what. I was ecstatic to get this project done and then properly documented by Nate (thanks Honey!).

Ikea Tupplur Window Shade

Instructions for Installing IKEA Tupplur Window Roller Blinds

Materials:

Measuring Tape
Metal and/ or Acrylic Ruler
Pencil
Fabric Only Scissors
Cordless Drill
Screwdriver
Screws (Not included)
Hacksaw

I have found that the Tupplur shades are all a little different in length, so it is very important to measure each one so you can get exact dimensions.

The instructions are specifically for hanging the shade from the interior molding of your window. If you decide to hang them above the window, you will not need to be as exact. Look at your IKEA instruction booklet that came with the Tupplur roller for more info.

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1) Measure

After you have decided how to hang your shade, the next step is to measure your roller and figure out how much you need to remove.

The shade is glued to the pipe, so you will have to cut the fabric before you saw off the pipe. I have found it is easier to unroll the fabric and measure the pipe first.

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The left side of my pipe has a 1/4″ (or 4/16″ since most my measurements are in 16ths) extension.

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The right side of my pipe has a 6/16″ extension.

So even though my shade is 55″ long. I have to account for the additional 10/16″ of the pipe in my calculations.

I also have to add the width of the mounting hardware into the calculation. Each side is about 4/16″ wide.

Confused, yet?

The IKEA manual tells you to leave a 3/16″ clearance on each side of the pipe. I upped this to 4/16″ since my left side is already 4/16″.

My plan of attack is to cut the right side only. My window is 43 1/4″ wide.

I plan on cutting 12 10/16″ from the fabric and 12 6/16″ from the pipe (to leave the 4/16″ clearance on the right side). So my fabric shade will be (55″ -12 10/16′) 42 4/16″ wide.

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2) Cut the Fabric

Before cutting the fabric, remove the wood insert. You will cut this at the very end of the project.

I know this looks a little odd, but I wanted to use a combination of my acrylic quilter’s ruler and metal yardstick to keep my measurements exact.

I measure 42 4/16″ from left to right and mark it on the fabric. I repeat this this and connect the dots to have a nice pencil line to cut along.

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With my “fabric only” scissors, I slowly cut along my pencil line.

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I unwind the fabric as I go, measuring and cutting until I reach the pipe.

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3) Cut the Pipe

Leaving my fabric unwound, I mark my cut line on the right side of pipe and flip it so I can cut it off on the left side of my table.

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Cut slow and steady until you get through the entire pipe. Don’t worry about filing the edges since both ends will be capped.

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4) Insert the Roller Attachments

Roll the fabric back up. Decide which end you’d like the chain to hang and then attach the roller attachments to each end of the pipe.

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5) Install the mounting mechanisms

Depending on how you’d decided to hang the shades, install the wall mounts with screws.

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6) Attach the roller

And the moment of truth… install the roller into the wall mounts.

I will admit, I was off by 2/16″ and had to go back and adjust the length of fabric and pipe. But, I was happy with that. There were a lot of small measurements. This was bound to happen.

Note: I only cut the bottom particleboard insert after I had finished hanging my shade. Don’t want to cut twice!

Ikea Tupplur Shade Install

After I was happy with the installation, I moved on to the second window. I am happy to report that the second roller went more smoothly. As the morning became late afternoon, I finished.

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Project completed! You bet, I was ecstatic.

Comments

  1. spinnity says

    Thanks for all your photographic documentation – I am about to embark on shortening SEVEN of these Tupplur shades. Aaaaaiiiieeeeee!

  2. says

    Thx! it looks as if you didn’t mount the “holder” for the string below the window. Has that affected the function of the shades in any way?

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