It’s a Saturday morning, the middle of the month and your family are arriving tomorrow evening. You’ve got food to feed an army, but your home is in need a bit of T.L.C. Your house is rather large and rustic, but you enjoy keeping up with the modern day trends. The Interior consists of warm, earthy colours and white tones. You make a list of chores that you need to tend to; you’re about to exit the door when a horrid stain on your curtain catches your eyes, and you automatically cringe for allowing the dog indoors.
You enter your favourite home decor store and spot the perfect curtains but nearly faint when you see the price. You cannot afford that and you really only need a temporary solution. You also know that you have a few other openings around the home, like your storeroom that needs to be attended to, but it’s just too expensive. You proceed with your day and come across a restaurant furnished entirely from pallet wood. That’s when you get your brilliant idea.
You decide to make pallet wood vertical blinds. So, if this grabs your attention, but you don’t know how to make them, then follow the DIY steps below?
What you’ll need
- Pallet wood (as many strips as you need to cover your window opening)
- Top plate connectors
- ½ diameter conduit
- Swivel key tags
- 20 brown gauge copper wire
- Long threated rod
- Cordless screw gun
- 1/8″ drill bit
- 3″ circular saw
- 1/4″ drill bit
To make these fantastic vertical blinds, you’ll need a bit of patience, some work gloves and of course, pallet wood. So roll up your sleeves and prepare for a world of DIY fun.
Start by attaching the top plate connectors. If required, put the plate on the edge so that the wood can move around, swivel and fold up as vertical blinds should. Ask a professional to help you find the correct screw that is strong enough to anchor the top plate connectors into the window frame.
When the plate is sturdy and secure, screw in the rods and split ring hangars.
Once completed, cut the piece of conduit down to the desired size using the grinder. Unscrew one of the split ring hangars nearly completely, so you can get the conduit in and secure it.
Screw in the split hangar on the rod, so it may act as an additional clamp to stop the conduit from moving around when the blind is being opened and closed.
Measure the distance from the conduit down to the bottom of the window pane to determine the length of wood required for your vertical blinds.
Trim the wood and then measure a half an inch from the top edge and centre.
Use the drill to make 1/4 holes at the edge and centre so the binder rings can slip through easily and there are three connection spots. Finally, clip the hardware together.
When you’re about to hang up your handy work, unscrew a split hangar and slide all the wood pieces onto the conduit. When that’s done, screw the hangar back together.
Cut the copper wire into six pieces, put them through the tiny holes and twist the ends together
Sit back, relax and admire your stunning creation.