Dressing the Bedroom Windows, Part 2

After hanging some custom drapes and searching for the right shade of bamboo blinds (which included one unfortunate order with Overstock that resulted in orange wood arriving on our doorstep), I found a better set of bamboo blinds at Lowe's. The Levelor company has a cutting machine at our Lowe's and an employee took one set that was too long down to size in minutes.

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.


  1. I love how these look! We're looking for something to replace the old, ugly vinyl blinds that were in our bedroom (and were replaced by beach towels for a classier look...) and these seem perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That's really neat about how the machine cuts the box and all. I also love the combo of the dark wood and the coral drapes.
    I'd like to do the combo of bamboo blinds and long drapes in the bedroom, but since our rental came with brand new (plain white) shades in every window, it is low on the financial priority list. Is it bad that sometimes I find myself wishing that we "had" to get blinds? :)

  3. You should be proud. Would you like a little more "professional" looking installation on you draperies? The exterior drapery pin should be attached to the foot of the bracket supporting the rod (it might bend forward away from the wall) or on the wall with a tenter hook or screw placed at the same height as the eye of the drapery ring. The first pleat should form a corner and be on the first ring. The return , 'returns' to the wall, and doesn't allow your eye to see your underpinnings or excess light to leak out.

    1. Maybe I pulled a picture from before I was done. I do hang my drapes that way. :)

      Here's a picture from last month:


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