Indoor Blinds: Do It Yourself
Indoor blinds mark the homeowner's choice of them as discerning, pragmatic people. If the blinds and curtains block the road, the plantation shutters will make a quiet noise.
They have an elegant classic style, saying "I know I want my home to look like and swamp standard shutters won't cut it."
However, there is another practical factor, how to fine-tune: shutters closed, shutters closed to everything between the shutters half-pull and shutters open. No wonder indoor blinds appeal
to those who like to do it themselves.
You might even be tempted to go all out and build your own-we have guidance for this impressive project-or design the blinds you want, let's make them, and you can install them yourself for
Regardless, we consider indoor blinds to be an excellent addition to any home, and we're glad you can read this guide here to measure, manufacture, and install themselves.
Internal or external?
This important decision may be made for you by the configuration of your window. Before we discuss why you choose another, here is a short description of the differences between them.
Built-in window blinds
They enter the recess of the window and the frame is screwed into the recessed wall. The shutter frame looks a bit like a photo frame.
Interior installed window blinds
In this example, the framework looks a bit like an uppercase "L" in its top-down configuration file. It can be attached to your window frame or to the wall around the window.
Why choose one over the other?
Strictly speaking, this is not an option, but a more suitable application for the current window installation. Clearly:
If your window is recessed from the wall, you almost always want an internally installed plantation shutters frame.
In the groove, where you install the frame depends partly on appearance, but also on avoiding obstacles such as window handles or alarm system sensors.
Windows installed flush (or roughly so) with the surrounding walls require an externally installed shutter.
Whether a louver frame is attached to a window frame or to the surrounding wall depends first on the material (wood is always easier than metal or masonry) and second on aesthetics.
If you order a shutter frame from us, remember that the long arm of the "L" needs to be long enough to accommodate the window handles and other obstacles.
Measurement: an essential step for indoor blinds
This step of the indoor blinds process is probably the easiest to do it yourself. But this is also the most important.
As long as you take the time to work with reliable tools and avoid some common pitfalls, measuring your plantation shutters should be a breeze.
Recommended measurement tools
It is entirely possible to measure indoor blinds with tools you may already have. But keep in mind that perfectly installed blinds have tolerances between 2 and 4 mm.
To do this job you should:
A sturdy metal tape measure that won't sag when it reaches your window.
Indicates the paper cut of the shutter frame. These can be printed from our website and they should be fixed where the shutter frame will eventually go.
Pen and measurement worksheet you print from our website.
Detail matters when measuring plantation shutters
How difficult would it be if you just installed the blinds in a rectangular window hole? First measure vertically, then horizontally, and you're done, right?
The important points to keep in mind when measuring internal wooden shutters are:
Measure three times in each direction. This helps explain errors and window movement. Usually, we use the shortest in each direction.
Carefully place the paper cut where you want it. When measuring externally mounted frames, include them.
Be sure to consider window handles and other obstacles.
If you have questions or get stuck during the measurement, you can always call our support team or contact via email. If you have to adapt to special details, such as window opening inward
or weird windows, we definitely recommend calling.
Making indoor blinds: the ultimate self-help choice
If you are particularly convenient and have a fully equipped workshop, you may want to go all out and make your plantation shutters from scratch. We have a separate guide that will guide
you through this very advanced process.
Unless you are an enthusiastic carpenter, we don't recommend you go that way. But if you're thinking, there are a few things to consider before you jump in.
Benefits of making your own blinds
The best part of making your own indoor blinds is:
Plantation shutters are almost always one of the first things people notice in the room, and (if they do well) you can get full praise.
Depending on the materials you use and whether you already have all the tools you need, you can sometimes save a little money.
As long as it is straight and of good quality, you can use salvaged wood for this project.
The parts list is pretty short with internal blinds, and if you are handy with your table saw, you can tear open 95% of the material you need from the same 2 x 4.
If you don't have the tools to design your own plan from scratch, you have many options.
Cons of Homemade Blinds
However, we don't want to fool you, this Saturday afternoon is not worth the work.
It goes without saying that (we hope) making your own indoor shutters with operating shutters is orders of magnitude more complicated than building a birdhouse or a new bench for a garden.
So, before you're clear, remember:
Projects that need to be very precise like this usually take longer than you expect to complete.
If you buy a kit, your choice of Louvre size, materials and other details may be quite limited.
Cutting corners on materials can cause unexpected warping and bending.
Large projects, such as a high, three-story window sill, layer by layer of shutters, can really put the spotlight on any small mistake you might make.
Unless you are an expert with a lot of time, you are likely to have some features, such as a middle hinge for an accordion shutter, or a tension screw to keep the shutter tight.
It is almost certain that building high-quality blinds yourself is much more expensive than buying directly from companies like West Pier Blinds.
Is it worth making your own indoor blinds?
If your shop window needs a small shutter, go for it. This will be a great project to patch up for several weekends.
Obviously, if you already have a table saw, drill press, and desktop router, it will also help make things go fast.
But if this project is meant to showcase your living room, take the time to think about whether you really want to do it alone.
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