DIY Wooden Louvered Blinds

do it yourself wooden louvered blindsInstalling wooden louvered blinds is a way to add elegance to any room, and the installation process must be precise.

Before starting a diy wooden louvered blinds installation, you will want to be sure that you have correct size blinds. Measure between the window jambs horizontally in the top, middle, and bottom. These three measurements should be taken vertically as well.

For measuring the blinds for the diy wooden louvered blinds installation, use the smallest of both measurements to measure against the blinds. For the most accurate way to take these measurements, it is best to use a folding rule that has a sliding extension. This is a more accurate way to measure than using a tape measure.

Arranging the Blinds

For diy wooden louvered blinds installation, you will want them to be installed correctly, and at an angle that puts them to the best advantage. You will want your blinds to be parallel to the wall when they are opened. The folding point of the hinges should protrude past the casing. To do this, the blinds should be attached to a frame. The frame holding the blinds can be two hanging strips inside the opening of the window.

The hardest part of your diy wooden louvered blinds project is figuring out the positioning for the hanging strips on the window jamb. In order to align the strips, the hinges will have to be fastened onto the blinds.

Hold the blinds at the window in the open position, then, mark where the hinges line up with the jamb. This will provide the strips with a placement guideline. Once you have found the correct positioning, setting the blinds in the window and mounting them to the strips will be much less difficult.

Next in your diy wooden louvered blinds project will be getting the hinges screwed onto the blinds. Each set of blinds should be positioned on the edge with the hinge mortises up, and the control bars facing toward each other. Take one hinge and seat it on a mortise, then put your drill bit into a hinge screw hole. You will need to drill a pilot into the blinds, and repeat this for all of the hinge holes.

Hanging the Blinds

Before you hang the blinds in your diy wooden louvered blinds project, you will need to screw magnetic catch plates to the bottom inside corners. You will need to open the blinds and position them so that the hinges sit in the corner that the window jamb and the hanging strip have created. Make sure to align the top of the hinge plate with its line. Mark the positions for the screw holes, and set the blinds aside.

Drill pilot holes on the marks, using a 1/8 inch drill bit. Then, loosely screw the hinges onto the strip with a handheld screwdriver. Make sure that it is even on all sides by closing the blinds and visually inspecting them all the way around.

If there are any areas that are not lined up, tighten the screws in that area. It is important to use a handheld screwdriver in this diy wooden louvered blinds project, as they give you a great deal more control in tight area. You are less likely to damage the blinds or the window jamb when you use this type of screwdriver.