Roman shades of all styles can be made from most light or medium-weight fabrics, but are not recommended for heavyweight materials such as leather or heavy wovens. Linens and cottons are the most popular fabrics for Roman shades and they can be made with lining, which protects the fabric from sun damage and provides additional light-blocking capabilities. They can also be unlined for a sheer, sun-filtering look. Roman shades, unlike blinds, are easy to make, as they require very basic sewing skills and are easily mounted on boards or on a simple straight curtain rod.