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If you are considering a new window treatment, why not try window blinds?

Blinds offer privacy, can reduce your heating costs, and, if chosen wisely, can also enhance your decor.

Blinds come in many styles rather than the standard white aluminium seen in many homes.

A faux or standard wood version might be exactly what you’re looking for, and selecting and installing them is easier than you may realize.

Why Choose Faux Wood Blinds?

Faux blinds have many advantages and should be considered if you like the look of wood.

Of course, faux wood blinds will cost less than wood versions, which may be a particularly important consideration if you have a lot of windows to cover. Faux blinds are also easier to keep clean and more resilient.

Wood blinds can warp due to high amounts of direct sunlight or excessive humidity, so it is a good idea to exercise caution when using them in kitchens for example.

Faux versions don’t share these problems, and their look and feel is almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing.

Choosing Faux Wood Blinds

When selecting any type of blind or window treatment, the first step should be to measure your windows. This allows you to select an option that will suit your window size and not over- or underwhelm the space.

With blinds in particular, you will need to select the appropriate length and width, and then the size of the slats. The most common slat sizes are 2-3 inches. In order to select the blind length and width, you will need to determine if you want to mount the blinds inside or outside.

Outside mounts cover the entire window, including the casing. This would be a good option for a room with small or abnormally shaped windows.

Inside mounts fit inside the window, leaving the casing exposed. This would be a good option if you have decorative or painted window casings, or if you’d like to pair your faux blinds with curtains. However, you must have enough space inside the casing to mount the blinds; if your window is flush with the wall you will be unable to use an inside mount.

Once you’ve determined the size and mount that’s right for you, you can select a style that you like. Of course, there are plenty of plain faux wood blinds available, or you can select a style with decorative tapes that are color-coordinated with your room.

However, make sure that you like your color scheme before choosing a decorative tape, as these cannot be removed. You could also select a faux wood blind with an attached valance to add design interest.

Installing Your Faux Wood Blinds

  1. Remove your existing window treatments, if any. Fill any exposed holes with spackling or joint compound, unless you’ll be able to use them for your new blinds.
  2. Measure your windows according to the type of mount you have selected. Outside mount: Approximately three inches past each side of the window. Extend above the window, allowing enough space for the mounting bracket. Extend below the window slightly to allow for a balanced look. Inside mount: Measure the height at the top, middle, and bottom of the window and use the narrowest measurement. Repeat for the width.
  3. Screw the side brackets into the walls on the jambs above the casing (inside mount) or above the window (for an outside mount). Verify that the brackets are straight with a level.
  4. Make sure that there aren’t any knots in the cords or tape on the blinds.
  5. Snap the head rail into place between the brackets. Close the bracket covers, if provided with your model.
  6. Install the valance clips if provided with your model, and snap the valance into the clips.

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  1. Joeseph
    May 1, 2008

    I would like to use Faux wood blinds in my home office, but one thing I’m not sure about is how much they will look like real wood once I install them. Does anybody here have thoughts on how good the fake wood looks?

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  2. nitin
    September 12, 2009

    i was just browsing ur site and came to know that u r trader of both blinds.my business is same like u. we can develop a verry good business relationship b,coz ihave verry good contacts in the market.hope u will consider .

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