How to Trim Matchstick Blinds


Matchstick blinds are inexpensive window coverings that can give rooms a casual, natural and unfussy look. Finding them in every permutation of window size is difficult if not impossible but they can be custom cut to fit your specific window measurements. Matchstick blinds come in a wide variety of materials including grasses, bamboo, plastic and wood. All of these can easily be cut with an electric saw fitted with a sharp and fine-toothed blade.

Things You'll Need

  • Low tack masking tape or painter's tape Chop saw or electric hand saw with sharp, fine-toothed blade Measuring tape Pen or pencil
  • Roll or bunch the blind into its fully coiled or layered position. Use a measuring tape and measure your window dimensions to determine exactly how much needs to be cut off the blind to make it fit your window. Divide this number in two and mark that measurement with a pencil on each end of the blind.

  • Wrap each end of the blind tightly in several layers of law tack painters tape completely covering the cut-mark made with the pencil or pen. Use measuring tape to transfer the cut-line onto the masking tape and draw a straight line on that point for each end of the blind.

  • Bring your saw blade down firmly and in an even motion to cut at the identified marks and through the masking tape on each end of the blind.

  • Use your measuring tape to ensure that the proper width has been achieved. Once correct measurement is confirmed, carefully and slowly unwind the masking tape from around each end of the blind and hang in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to drape the blind control cords away from the blind as you tape and cut it so that they are not damaged.

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  • Photo Credit Chuck Marean, October 30, 2007
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