Choosing the Right Window Blinds
Blinds and shades give windows the much-needed makeover and protection that are needed to make them functional. They help to block out the harmful UV rays and the glares of the sun. They insulate the windows and prevent energy loss during the hot summer and cold winter months. Blinds and shades are the best way to protect the privacy of your homes as they seal off windows from outside view. This is critical for the safety and security of your homes. When chosen correctly and wisely, blinds can go a long way in transforming the look and feel of your homes, which can make windows become the focal point of your rooms and add substantial aesthetic value to your living space. Homeowners looking for window treatments are bombarded with endless options and choices in terms of material, color, design and texture. There are wood, fabric, metal and plastic blinds to choose from depending upon the need and demands of your rooms and your preferences. Each of these blinds is extremely versatile and gorgeous and loaded with unique features and benefits.
Importance of Exact & Correct Fit
Efficiency and effectiveness of window blinds depend upon their material, features and an accurate and proper fit. We cannot stress enough upon the need for a perfect fit for your blinds. An ill-fitted blind will not provide the correct coverage. A blind which is smaller than the window will leave gaps along the edges allowing light to filter through easily. They will look shabby and poorly and ruin the aesthetics of the room completely. This is why we emphasize the need to take the exact correct measurements before you place the order with the manufacturers. Once blinds are made they cannot be returned as they have been customized for your windows. Small-sized blinds are worse as you cannot make them bigger. However, if you have been fortunate enough to have ordered longer and wider blinds you can still cut them down to the required size. You can take them to the manufacturers and get it done by professionals or you could also attempt to do it by yourself following some simple instructions.
Cutting Wood Blinds to Fit
Today we will see how you can cut down wood blinds to the right size by yourself without running back to the company.
Horizontal blinds made of wood or faux wood can be trimmed to the desired width to be able to hang them back to the windows. To do this you will need the following set of tools:
• Chop saw
• Hack saw
• Measuring tape
• Straight edge
Cutting Down the Head Rail
To cut the headrail you can use a hack saw. Don’t lose your night’s sleep about how the cut is made or whether they appear ugly because the headrail will go back into the box type brackets and be hidden behind a valance, and will not be visible.
1. Make a marking of where you want to make the cut. You can cut an even amount off from each end of the headrail. If the portion to be cut is very small then make the cut on the lift cord side of the headrail.
2. Find the end stiffener and remove it from the headrail.
3. Take the hack saw and make a cut along with the markings you have made. You may want to bend the cut portion out of the way using a screwdriver or pliers.
4. You could file loose edges.
5. Replace the end stiffener back to the headrail.
6. Your headrail has been successfully cut.
Cutting Down the Slats
If the slats are too wide for your comfort then you could use a powered saw. Go slow on the slats to prevent damaging them.
1. Your first step is to determine the desired width of the slats. Make a mark with your pencil and ensure that the entire cutting area is covered with masking tape.
2. Now evenly align the slats.
3. Use a rubber band or a clamp to secure the slats together in a position.
4. Use masking tape to wrap the slats to prevent chipping.
5. Place the blinds on a saw and line up the blade where the cut has to be made.
6. Keep the headrail out of the way and make sure that the clamp does not interfere with the saw.
7. Now slowly and steadily cut through the slats and the tape.
8. Once you have cut, remove the rubber bands/clamps.
Cutting Down the Valance
After you have successfully cut the slats and the headrail it is time for the valance. If your valance is too wide for windows you need to trim them down to size as well.
1. Make a mark where you want the valance to be cut. You can measure the window and then cut the valance or hang the valance and then make marks for a cut of 1/8” under the width.
2. Like the slats place the valance on the saw.
3. Make the cut on the valance but go easy and slow to prevent chipping.
Following the above-listed instructions will help you to successfully trim your wood or faux wood blinds to get them functional for your windows. We would recommend that you in the first time round take measurements correctly to prevent the unnecessary hassle. Confirm the measurements when sending them to the manufacturer. If mishaps happen despite this you can perform the steps to get your task accomplished.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.