How to Cut Blinds for Bay Windows

Creating blinds for bay windows is a fairly easy job if you know what end result you are planning to achieve. Bay windows are formed when 3 or more windows are combined to form an extended outward projection to create a nook in the room. Such windows are very stylish and can be used as a space for a love seat or for reading. They gained a lot of popularity in the late 19th century, and are a part of Victorian architecture. These windows are used to lure natural light into the living space.

Blinds are used to block light or provide privacy. These are easy to operate and install and are made of many materials, including vinyl, fabric, metal and wood. Follow the steps below to cut wood blinds for your bay windows.

Tools and Materials

  • Wood or faux wood blinds
  • Measuring tape
  • Chop saw
  • Pencil
  • Fine and superfine sandpaper
  • Safety glasses

Step 1: Measuring the Windows

This is the most important step of making blinds. Carefully and accurately measure the length (or width, depending on whether you require vertical or horizontal blinds) of the window. Write the measurement down. In case you have a frame for the blind all ready, make sure the length also includes the length that fits into the grooves.

Step 2: Measuring the Blinds

Lay the blinds out on a flat working surface. Measure each side of the blind and mark off the required length using a pencil and join the marks. Marking both the sides will ensure that you will have an even surface when you are done and that the blinds are accurate from both sides.

Step 3: Cutting the Blinds

Lay your blind on the surface in such a way that the extra length (that needs to be cut) is about an inch outside the surface. Put on your safety glasses and carefully saw away the extra length.

Step 4: Sanding the Edges

Finish off the rough edges that have been cut by sanding them. Start with fine sandpaper and use just enough pressure to take care of the rough edges. Finish off with superfine sandpaper to ensure that the result is even and smooth. The sanding should be done with care so as not to damage or break the blinds.

You can improvise on the cutting technique based on the material you are using for the blinds. For instance, you may use cloth scissors for fabric blinds, stationery scissors for vinyl and vinyl backed fabric blinds, and metal cutters for metal blinds. Depending on the material you are using, make sure you have the necessary tools and ensure proper precautions before you start the project. As any seasoned professional will tell you, planning right is already a job half done.