Fitting an Ikea Wood Venetian Blind is a relatively easy
DIY job provided the area above the window is sound enough
to take the screw fixings which are required to hold both
the weight of the blind itself and to deal with the additional
pulling forces encountered when retracting the blind. An Ikea
blind which is correctly fitted can look as good as one which
is custom made.
There are 5 basic steps to installing a wooden Venetian Blind
(type: IKEA Lindmon)
determine the size of blind you require. Measure the
of your window and the length (known as 'drop'). Ideally
you may find a blind which fits the space without the
need of cutting, but if you are like us, things are never
that easy, so we opted for some wooden Venetian blinds
from IKEA which we could trim to fit.
Width: the working
mechanism in the blind will determine how much you are
able to reduce the width of the blind. Before purchasing
a blind ensure you can trim it to fit your window .
the mounting brackets
brackets: IKEA brackets can be mounted to either the
wall or ceiling. Here we are working in a window recess
so we'll be using the holes for a top/ceiling mounting.
Mark in pencil where the holes are required.
Here we are screwing the bracket into the old wooden lintel,
but in more modern houses you may need to drill and insert
the appropriate wall plugs. (Note to those with modern
homes: I have heard of some builders who run plastic water
pipes above windows so proceed with caution!). Install
the right and left mounting brackets.
the blind to size
the brackets levers in the open position, measure the
distance to determine the maximum blind width allowed.
Square up the blind for cutting and using a straight edge
lightly pencil in the desired cut line.
Hold the wooden
blind firmly (so the slats are compressed) and use a fine-toothed
saw to carefully cut the blind to the desired width. Take
your time and don't use too much force or you won't get
a nice clean cut. Here we're using a hacksaw, which always
works well for us!
Cut the metal top section with either a hacksaw. You
can use a good
pair of metal snips but they may deform the metal.
we use a utility knife to remove any untidy bits.
bracket: this bracket provides support to stop larger
blinds from sagging. To determine its best position place
it onto the top section on the blind and lift the blind
into end brackets, then mark with a pencil. Remove the
blind and fix the middle bracket. Install the blind and
close bracket doors to secure the blind into position.
give the blind a good test to ensure you are happy with
its alignment, fixing and workings. Place double sided
velcro pads on the bracket doors. Install the wooden pole
into its mount and test the louver movement.
use a fine-toothed saw to cut the wooden trim strip to
the desired length. Remove the backing paper on the velcro
pads and install the trim.
cords: loosen then move the slipknot (which is a safety
feature on the pull cord) up close to the top of the blind.
the length of the blind
fit: if the blind is too long you'll be left with
a bundle of slats at the bottom of the window. Theses
can be removed to achieve a custom fit.
plug: gently pry out the wooden plugs (wit pliers
or sturdy scissors) paying close attention to how much
string the plugs were holding in the recessed section.
base: slide the wooden base out. This will be reused
so if you have cut your blind to size, it might be worthwhile
to lightly mark in pencil the 'right' and 'left' ends.
Remove the slats to required blind length (or drop), then
slide the wooden base into new the bottom position.
allowing enough cord to tie the centre holding knot and
ensure you have enough side string to be tucked up in
the plug recess. Cut excess cord and side string.
cord: thread the centre cord through the wooden base.
Then thread the centre cord through the wooden plug. If
the cord is frayed and difficult to thread, roll some
tape around the cord end (like a shoe lace) to tidy it
push the side strings into the recess (it's a bit fiddly)
and push the plug into position - tightly holding the
strings in place. You may want to lightly squeeze the
plug into position using a set of pliers.
tie a knot in the centre cord. When the main pull cord
is used, any slack will be used up. Trim off excess centre
use the main pull cord and work the blind up and down
a few times - this should sort out any cord slack. Level
the toggles on the main cord and tie a knot beneath where
you would like their operating height to be.
We were quite
pleased with the blinds from
IKEA, their quality is good and they seem to be holding
up well with daily use.
of sizes IKEA have on
offer is pretty good, and this enabled us to use them
throughout most of the house (achieving a consistent look)
but they don't provide for a wider windows often found
in the front room of older houses.