motorizing roman blinds and shades

Installing a Wider & Stronger Pelmet Support Board (optional)

Adrian Biffen, Senior Partner

With the Roman blind down, the winder mechanism is removed, and the pelmet header board is replaced with a wider and stronger piece. The brackets were also upgraded.

Roman blind on floor with disconnected headrail winder mechanism

The Roman Blind lying on floor, showing disconnected headrail winder mechanism. The four cords had to be fully unwound from headrail rod, then cut off.

The headrail winding mechanism is to be replaced with the motorized roller, performing the same action as the rotating rod inside the headrail (with functional remote control).

We are also replacing the header board with a stronger, wider piece, but that may not be necessary for your project, depending on the strength and size of your header board.

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Roman blind material was removed from pelmet board (it was glued and stapled)

Roman Blind material was removed from pelmet board (it was glued and stapled to top of pelmet, at left of picture.

This pelmet board was not wide enough (1.5 inch, 38mm) for new brackets, so it was replaced with wider board (~2.7 inch, 68 mm).

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Roman blind original pelmet board was replaced

Removal of original pelmet header board. New board is on right, original board on left.

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Roman blind header board was attached to blind fabric, with new mounting brackets

New, wider pelmet header board was attached. New mounting brackets were installed to carry extra weight.

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Buy Roman Blind Motors & Controls In Our Online Store

A simple wireless wall mount remote control for Roman shades may be all you need to operate your remote control motors. We also have hand held units with a wall mount holster.

We also have the excellent BroadLink™ hub (with Android & IOS phone apps) that are very capable, and they may all you need for home automation. This will give you direct control over our Roman blind motors, security kits, environmental sensors, window openers, smart plugs, and many other devices.

You can purchase Roman blind motors and control products in our DIY online automation store.

Articles in this series:

Part 1: How to Motorize Roman Shades: Introduction

Part 2: Removing Roman Shade Prior to Motorization

Part 3: Installing a Roman Shade Pelmet Support Board (you are here)

Part 4: Mounting the Roman Shade Motorized Cord Winder