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What Can You Use to Cut Blinds?

Blinds are extremely useful both to enhance the aesthetics of a room and to prevent the strong rays of the sun from heating up the room and overwhelming everyone in the room with the blinding afternoon sun. Oftentimes, when you purchase blinds, they will not be exactly the size that you need for your window treatments and so you will need to cut them down to size. Read on to learn what you can use to cut blinds.

If you want to know what to use to cut blinds, take the measurements of the window in question and subtract one quarter of an inch from each side so that the blinds can easily move vertically up and down. Now, mark your cut line and then cut the blinds using either tin snips or a hacksaw.

Tools to cut blinds

Can You Cut Blinds With Scissors?

Tools to cut blinds

Cutting blinds with scissors requires a good, strong pair of scissors and will require more time to complete the task than when using other types of power tools.

If you want to know how to cut blinds with scissors, make cut lines on all the slats at the same time. Try to cut about four slats at a time and cut through them slowly and carefully so that they are all cut to the same length.

Can You Cut Blinds With a Miter Saw?

Tools to cut blinds

Miter Saws can be used successfully to cut blinds without difficulty if you put the blinds in the Miter Saw carefully and line up the cut exactly along the cut line you have drawn.

If you want to know how to cut blinds with a Miter Saw, carefully draw your cut line, and then line up the Miter Blade on the outside of the cut line, because the Miter Saw blade will always cut away a little bit more of the blind than you might anticipate.

Be sure to keep all the blind strings well away from the Miter Saw Blade.

Can You Cut Blinds With Chop Saw?

Tools to cut blinds

You can use a Chop Saw to cut blinds if you make sure to mark an accurate cut line and are sure to lay the blinds down in a flat position.

If you want to know how to cut blinds with a Chop Saw, first, draw your cut line and then put the blinds in the Chop Saw on the outside of the cut line, making sure to leave a little extra room and then begin to cut through the blinds.

Make sure you always keep your fingers well out of the way of the chop saw blade.

Can You Cut Blinds With Circular Saw?

Tools to cut blinds

Blinds can easily be cut using a Circular Saw and be trimmed on either side to make them up to eight inches shorter.

If you want to know how to cut blinds with a Circular Saw, put the blind right up against the bottom of the window and then use a marking pen to put a mark on the inside cutting area on one end and on the inside cutting area of the other side.

You will be cutting about one- and one-half inches from each side. Use a Wood Chop Saw Blade and line up on the cut line and then cut slowly down through the blinds. Now do the same cut on the other side of the blinds.  

Can You Cut Blinds With a Hacksaw?

Tools to cut blinds

Blinds can be successfully cut using a hacksaw. You will need a measuring tape, a pencil or black marker and a hacksaw.

If you want to know how to cut blinds with a Hacksaw, first measure the inside dimensions of the window. Measure the width of the top of the windowsill and the middle of the windowsill and then measure the width of the bottom of the windowsill,

 Now, be sure to mark down the smallest of these measurements. Subtract a quarter of one inch from the width of the blind to account for an eighth inch leeway on each side of the blind. Mark the spot on the headrail where you will cut through with the Hacksaw.

Also, be sure to measure the width of the headrail. Be sure to remove the stiffener, which is a piece of metal that is on each of the ends of the headrail. Cut the headrail following your cut mark and if you find that the metal is bending be sure to just bend it back into place and then put the metal stiffeners back into their places on both ends of the headrail.

When you cut the blind slats, make sure that you use a fine-toothed blade that is often used for cutting finished wood. If you need to cut any metal, be sure to use a carbide blade.

When you cut the blinds, be sure to use a steady back and forth motion, moving the hacksaw slowly and surely. You will also need to use the same procedure when cutting the bottom rail.

Since the bottom rail is thicker, it will take longer to saw directly through it. Be sure to sand any residual rough edges using one hundred fifty fine grit sandpaper.

Be sure to purchase blinds that are close to your current window size. This will cut down on the amount of time you will need for actual cutting of the blinds.

When you are using an inside mount, the blinds should be cut one half inch smaller than the width of the inside of the window frame.

Always be extra careful when you are cutting the metal of the headrail, which can be quite sharp. Be sure to wear goggles and to keep your fingers well away from the Hacksaw cutting saw.    

How to Cut Blinds Properly

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Blinds are a relatively inexpensive way to enhance a room and lower utility costs by blocking the strong rays of the sun. When new window blinds do not exactly fit the dimensions of your windows, you will need to cut them down to the proper size, which you can easily do using any one of several different cutting tools.

If you want to know how to cut blinds properly, make sure to line up the slats and the bottom rail together. Fully engage the pull cord to ensure that there is no slack pulling the slats out of line, Then use a large rubber band to secure the ends of the slats.

Now, go ahead and use masking tape to cover the ends of the slats so that there is no chipping or splintering. Finally, use either a circular saw or a table saw to cut the blind slats and the bottom rail in a straight line.