Wooden blinds are a great way to improve the insulation of your windows, keep the neighbours out and add warmth to your home.
In this article, we will look at how to make wooden blinds step by step. We will start by turning old shutters into blinds. This type of wooden blind opens from the inside out and is placed outside the window.
They are like shutters, but with openings that let light into the house. They are very practical and decorative.
- A screwdriver
- Keyhole saw
- Drill with wood bit
- Chisel and mallet
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Wooden slats or strips
- Woodpecker’s tail
- Window Shutters
- Spray paint
How to Make Wooden Blinds, Step by Step
To make wooden blinds, we will use old shutters that we have at home. We will need to remove the shutters with a screwdriver and keep the screws if they are in good condition.
Now that we have removed the shutters, we will place martyrs under one of the pieces and drill out the four inside corners with a wood bit. We do this so that we can insert the jigsaw blade and cut out the inside.
Next, insert the jigsaw blade and cut out the inside of the shutter.
After cutting out the inside, remove the piece and clean the edges.
Now that we have the empty interior, we measure the hole and mark the cutting points where we will place the slats that will turn our shutter into a wooden blind. To do this, make a first line at 45 degrees and mark the others, taking into account the thickness of the slats.
Next, cut the lines with a multi-purpose tool. It must have a depth stop so that all the cuts are the same.
To make the grooves, use a chisel and mallet to make a few small blows and empty the interior.
Sand the whole piece with medium grit sandpaper.
To determine the length of the battens, measure the distance between the top and bottom slots.
Fix the slats with a clamp and cut them to the required size. We will also make a frame by cutting 8 slats at 45 degrees to go around the inside of the shutter on both sides. Now that we have all the pieces, we will sand them down to fit them together later.
After sanding the pieces, we put glue in the grooves and place all the slats, adjusting them so that they are all level.
Next we glue the frame in place, making sure it fits tightly.
Finally, all we need to do is paint our wooden blinds. We will use a spray can to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Our wooden blinds are finished! As you can see, we can customise them to match the decor of the house and the colour of the facade.
Benefits of Installing Wooden Blinds
- They improve the thermal and acoustic insulation of the room where they are installed.
- They are very easy to customise. They can be painted in any colour and the screws and fasteners can be changed.
- They prevent thieves from entering the house by making it difficult to get in through the window.
- They increase the privacy of the house. They prevent neighbours from seeing us without blocking the light.
- They are strong and durable.
- Energy saving: they insulate the house, avoiding extra energy costs.