What You Need to Know Before Cutting Your Faux Wood Blinds

Maybe you measured wrong, and wound up with faux wood blinds that are just a tiny bit too long.

Maybe you want to get blinds that are a custom size, without having to pay higher custom prices.

Maybe your window isn’t a perfect rectangle, and you need faux wood blinds that have narrower slats at the bottom.


Whatever the reason, plenty of people need to cut their faux wood blinds.  Luckily, these blinds are durable enough to withstand a little bit of cutting.

Keep in mind, though, that you can only cut about an inch or so off the width of your faux wood blinds.  If you cut too much, you can damage or sever the control cords and wands that make the blinds open, close, raise, and lower.  If you try to narrow the headrail too much, those cords and wands won’t have room to work – and you’ll wind up with blinds that are useless.

If you’re afraid to do it yourself, you can get your faux wood blinds professionally cut – either by the manufacturer or at your local hardware store.  However, stores will usually only agree to cut blinds if you bought them there, and manufacturers will charge you an extra fee.

 

If you want to save a little bit of money, you can do the project yourself.  Here’s how you do it:

  • Lay your faux wood blinds flat, and make sure that all the slats are even.  Use some masking tape to bind the slats together.  The tape will hold your slats steady and prevent them from splintering when you cut them. 

 

  • If you have clamps, use them.  That way, you won’t have to worry about your blinds moving at all while you’re working on them.

 

  • Use a pencil to mark exactly where you need to cut.  Make sure your mark covers everything from the top rail to the bottom rail.  This line will be your guide when you start cutting.

 

  • Use a saw to cut the blinds.  A 12” table saw or a jigsaw will work best.  No matter what type of saw you use, go slowly to make sure that you get an accurate and even cut. 

 

  • Use some sandpaper or a metal file to sand the edges.  That will eliminate any jagged edges.  Plus, the sanding will rub off any material that may have gotten burned by your saw.

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