Hey y’all! Have you priced blinds/shades lately. They are stupid expensive and we have LOTS of windows. Twenty-four to be exact. We have this large picture window in our living room. It’s about 10ft wide and 6ft tall. It lets in a spectacular amount of light, which I love. But sometimes you just don’t want your entire living room to feel like a sun room. With our house being fairly old, the windows are odd sizes so I would also need custom sized blinds. Uh, no. Way out of my budget. So I decided to trim bamboo shades to fit my windows.
Large windows + Odd sizes = Expensive Blinds
I dealt with just pulling the curtains closed for a year and a half. Not the best. I kept shopping around and found these shades at Home Depot. $30 a pop for the size I needed and they would still be over an inch too long. Plus, I needed three! $100 to cover just the picture window. Wowza!
But then!! I happened upon these at Lowe’s and for some reason the 48in shade was only $6.27 online! (Unfortunately the price is back up to well over that now) I thought surely I can trim these down to fit my windows. I mean they’re just Bamboo. It worked out great and you can’t tell a difference between the way I cut them and the way the manufacturer cut them.
How To Trim Bamboo Shades to Custom Fit Your Windows
What you’ll need:
Take your shade our of the packaging but do not unroll it. Figure out how much you will need to trim off. Because of how the lifts line up I needed to trim 3 inches off each end rather than just taking all six inches off one end. Roll the painter’s tape as tight as you can around each end of the shade. This will hold everything in place while you cut. Make sure the tape is on the spot where you need to cut. Measure again and mark where you will cut. Then put the blind in your miter box and start cutting.
It takes a bit of muscle since there is a wood header in the shade. Hang according to the directions and rejoice in the fact that you can now sit on your couch without getting a sunburn 😉
Have you gotten creative with your window coverings lately? Have you found any affordable sources for blinds/shades? I’d love to know! Have you ever had to trim bamboo shades? It’s a great fix to save money and get custom sized shades.