There are so many styles of blinds that are used for either residential or commercial space, but the most common ones used are ones that don’t block out all the light. However, if you use the blackout blinds, you will be able to completely shut out the lights from coming in the room. There are models that are for sale, which can be a great option. You can read our Perfect Fit blackout blinds review to see what we recommend.
There’s no problem if you prefer to cut some costs, but be prepared to spend a lot of time making your own blackout blinds.
Blackout Blinds materials
- Flat fold furnishing fabric; faux leather, 4.5 meters
- Two heavy wooden dowels; 25mm diameter and 1.2m long
- Two pine mouldings; 20x8mm and 1.2meter long
- One roll cloth tape
- One pack upholstery nails
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill
- Two massive nails
- Measure the window that you want to use the blackout blinds for and take good notes of the measurements – do write them down as you can’t memorize them all unless you are a math whizz. The ones that you will mainly need are the window’s width and the window’s height from the floor.
- Get all the materials ready in one place so that it won’t be much of a hassle for you to get the next materials all ready to use.
- Cut out the fabric according to whatever size you need. You can cut the fabric in half if you wish to do so, so that you will be able to work on two ways and be able to see the results right away. You can also roll out an excess dowel on the floor and then put the blind at the window frame and wall.
- Get the pine molding and attach it, together with the dowel from the bottom to the top of your blind with the use of the upholstery nails. You might want to fasten the dowel with the double-sided tape prior to using the nails since it can hold it down for long.
- Cover the nails’ heads using the cloth tape. If this isn’t done it will punch micro holes into the fabric of the blinds, and this will leave long term marks.
- Drill one hole halfway to the pine molding. The hole must be big enough for the nails’ heads to get through.
- Hammer down the nail at the top of the window frame. Ensure that it is roughly at the halfway mark. Be careful that you don’t hit the wall with the hammer.
- Take the blind and then line it up with the hole into the pine moulding using the hook and nail. Slide it downwards so the moulding can sit flush on the window frame.
- Roll the excess material around the dowel downward until the dowel sits right up on the wall.
- Use a cloth tape and tape the dowel into place.
This finishes your DIY blackout blinds. Depending on which materials you bought and how you followed everything to the dot, this should cost you less than a hundred bucks.