Wood blinds can be an excellent way to keep your room cool during hot afternoons. Hot afternoon sunlight is one of the biggest sources of heat, and reducing this can help you save on air conditioning costs. During nighttime, wood blinds will give you privacy. You won’t have to worry about anyone seeing into your window, which can be especially embarrassing if you’re fond of dressing down for the night.
Not all wood blinds exactly fit windows against which they will be mounted. While windows and wood blinds usually come in standard sizes, you might find yourself buying blinds that are a bit wider than your window. Fret not. The trick here is to cut the wood blinds such that they fit your window perfectly.
What you will need:
- Hack saw
- Tape measure
- Masking tape
- Table saw with a 12” saw attachment (optional)
Measure the window and the blinds. The first thing you will need to do is get the exact measurement of your window and the blinds. As a rule of thumb, your blinds should be ½ inch narrower than your window. Therefore, if your windows are 32 inches wide, then your blinds should be 31 ½ inches wide.
Measure the width of your blinds, and subtract proper width (in this case, 31 ½ inch) from the actual width. You will need to divide that figure by two, since you will be cutting from both sides of the blinds. Say, your blinds are 34 inches wide, you will then have to cut off 34 – 31 ½ or 2 ½ inches. You will need to take out 1 ¼ inches from each side. Use a line to mark the exact spot you will need to cut away from.
Prior to doing any cutting, though, make sure you will not be cutting through any mechanism or pulley that’s essential to your blinds working properly. Otherwise, you will have to look for other blinds, or you might have to mount the blinds on the outer area of your windows.
Clamp the blinds tightly. Close the blinds and clamp these tightly with masking tape. You can lien up the masking tape edge against your measured line, to help you with cutting. If your blinds have plastic caps at the end, remove these.
Cut the blinds. Use your saw to cut off the excess length from each side. If you have a table saw, you can use a 12-inch attachment to saw off the excess length. Be sure you follow safety precautions, like wearing protective goggles and gloves. You can’t use a wood saw for cutting the metal headrail, though—you can add a small piece of lumber between the topmost slat and the headrail, so the circular saw does not cut through the metal. Make sure you have a saw attachment especially made for metal, or simply use your hacksaw for the headrail.
After cutting, you will need to sand the edge of each slate, so that these will be smooth. Once you have cut and sanded both sides, you can now hang the blinds on your window.