We were so amazed by the machine that did the cutting that the Lowe's employee's demeanor totally changed while he was working with us. One moment, it seemed ready to be done with his long day and the next, he was grinning as we snapped pictures of our newly-cut blinds. I bet he was amused that something so routine as putting a box in a machine was so entertaining to us.
The bedroom where the blinds are going has two windows and though the other window needed a 35" inch shade, we bought a 36" off the shelve and didn't bother having it cut down. The drapes would cover the ends of the blinds and one extra inch wasn't going to be a big deal. I figured a little more light blocking would be great.
Once home, I laid out the hardware that came with the blinds and was a little perplexed. Each bracket had four holes in it. There were four brackets. There were nine screws in the package. Nine screws for 16 holes.
Both boxes had the same hardware in them (the 36" blinds and the blinds that had originally been 60"). This is really strange, but I immediately thought of one of the first brain teasers I ever did as a kid, about securing four tires to a car when one tire's lug nuts were lost. I did a little googling and came across a post by Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick in which she said she only uses two screws in the brackets.I wasn't crazy about the idea, so I picked out some screws that were a close match from my tool box.
Bamboo blinds are super fast to hang. In the fifteen minutes it took to get them up, I kept thinking that I would encounter some major problem at some point. It couldn't be that easy, right?
Well, it was that easy.
I don't love where that cord is, but I'm guessing that the pulley system has to be far enough away from the edges to allow Levelor's machine to cut the blinds.
The blinds have been up for a couple weeks and I'm really happy with them. The pulley system works well and they block a nice amount of light. They are by no means blackout lined, but they make the room dark enough that it's hard to get out of bed some mornings.