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How to cut roller blinds

How to cut roller blinds

Considering how easy it is to install blinds, people are increasingly choosing to do it themselves. Though blind installation is a simple process when you have given accurate measurements, there is one catch. Unfortunately, there can be moments when there is excess fabric because of inaccurate measurements. There can be several questions that you might have before taking on the cutting process that may look overwhelming. This guide right here aims to answer all your questions in advance. 

We have compiled a set of tips, tricks, and instructions to help you learn how to cut roller blinds. Grab those pairs of scissors and find out all you need to know to get that fabric length fixed. 

Can you cut roller blinds yourself?

It is definitely possible to cut roller blinds without any professional help. Being careful about the details will help you achieve the proper fit that you are looking for.

  • Use a flat surface

When you lay the roller blind on a surface to help you get the perfectly marked line. Half your battle is won with a straight line in place. Ensure that the surface is perfectly flat and doesn’t have any engravings or designs that might interfere with the cutting process. The change of even the slightest amount can mess up the whole process.

  • Measurements must be as accurate as they can be

Measuring the window that you are working with is more complex than it seems. There are various factors that determine the area of the window you measure. The type of window can also impact the measurements largely. The length of the window frame and the exact point on the wall from where it will hang are a few examples. Make sure you measure the area you want to cover as accurately as possible. 

  • Be careful when making marks and cuts

Another common error that most people make when trying to cut blinds by themselves is making mistakes when marking the measurements on the blinds. Your cuts will not turn out right if your measurement shifts when you mark on the roller blinds.

  • Trim where needed 

While you are cutting the roller blind, ensure that the cut is made exactly where the mark is. Keep a steady hand to avoid any mistakes. Sharp scissors when cutting can be a great tip to avoid such errors. To give the cuts a polished finish, it is important that you trim the extras wherever needed. You might spot these extras after making the cuts, or even after the installation. 

These are some of the major things that you should keep in mind when cutting roller blinds yourself.

What tools do I need to cut a roller blind?

Although you might take help from a number of tools when cutting roller blinds, there are three tools that are absolutely necessary to get the job done. A utility knife, hacksaw, and straight edge. Here’s how these tools are used-

  • Utility knife

It is pretty obvious that the utility knife is used to make the final cut. Make sure that the knife is sharp enough to make precise cuts. It is a much better alternative to a sharp pair of scissors too while minimising safety risks.

  • Hacksaw

The hacksaw is used to cut the pole on the inside edge of the roller blinds. Again, it is important for a hacksaw to be sharp to make precise cuts. 

  • Straight edge

Once you have made all the marks on your blind, a straight edge is used to draw straight lines to connect these marks and draw a guiding shape to cut along. 

How easy is it to cut roller blinds?

Cutting roller blinds is a simple task, but it is no child’s play either. If you do not study and understand the important steps beforehand, you might land yourself into unnecessary expenses. 

There are a few key points one must keep in mind when cutting roller blinds at home:

  • Be very careful when taking measurements.
  • Take multiple measurements to eliminate any accidental errors.
  • Make sure you position your cutting tool well and do not push the straight edge from the guiding line. 
  • It is okay to take time with the cutting process. 

There’s only so much that can go wrong when cutting roller blinds. With a little bit of patience, you will achieve a perfect fit in no time. 

How do you cut rollers at home?

Cutting a roller blind is a pretty straightforward task. To help you understand the process of cutting a roller blind even further, we have put a step-by-step guide below:

  1. Measure and Mark

This first step is very crucial and the success of the cutting depends on this largely. To get started on the right foot, take a measuring tape and measure the window you are working with. Make sure that you are accurately placing the measuring tape on the area that is to be covered. To eliminate as many errors as possible, take multiple measurements. 

Place your roller blind on a flat surface. Make sure the surface is clean. Now use a measuring scale to mark the measurement on the blind and draw a guiding box to trace the window on the roller blind. 

  1. Remove the fabric

Place a straight edge on the box you have drawn and cut along the edge using a utility knife or other cutting tool of your choice. 

  1. Cut the pole

Now, since your pole has to be the size of the edge of your newly cut roller blind, place your blind on a flat and clean surface again. Now place the pole alongside the hanging edge of the blind and use a hacksaw to cut the pole down to the desired length. 

The process of cutting roller blinds is pretty standard for almost all kinds. Though, some steps might slightly differ, based on your personal need.

Final Thoughts

Roller blinds are one of the most popular blind styles among homeowners. People love the simplicity and functionality of the design. You can find all sorts of design variants in roller blinds, whether you are looking for something striped, floral, or even blackout blinds. They are also quite easy to adjust if one chooses to do it on their own. However, just like every other task, cutting roller blinds can come with its own challenges. Regardless of these challenges, you can definitely cut roller blinds yourself. All you have to do is keep a few key things in mind like ensuring accurate window measurements, the nature of the surface that you lay the blind out on, and choosing a flat surface to make the cuts on.

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