Introduction: DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds

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Easy, stylish, budget-friendly DIY pallet wood vertical blinds! As created by!

Step 1: Install Top Plate Connector

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Screw the top plate connector into your window frame. Screw in 3/8" threaded rod and 3/4" split ring hangars.

Step 2: Install Conduit Piece

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Cut 1/2" diameter conduit to length and install into the split ring hangars.

Step 3: Measure

Measure from center of the conduit to the window sill to get wood piece length. Subtract out length of hanging hardware and allow for clearance for the wood pieces to hang freely and move.

Step 4: Cut the Wood, Drill Holes, Attach Hardware

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Cut the wood to size. Measure 1/2" down from the top edge and center, then drill a 1/4" hole. Along the edges, drill 1/8" holes 1/4" in from the edge as connection points for the blinds in three places: center, one foot from the top, one foot from the bottom. Slide the 1" binder ring through the big hole, attach the swivel key tag.

Step 5: Hang and Connect

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Hang the pieces on the conduit. Cut 20 gauge (or better, 16 gauge) copper wire into 6" pieces. Thread through 1/8" holes from behind and twist ends together. Voila, pallet wood vertical blinds!


bbanks5 (author)2017-01-23

Great ideas shared here! I am considering vertical blinds in lieu of closet doors in my "new" house. The previous doors were removed simply because they sealed too well and caused the closets to draw moisture and mold! Oh no! I need something that will allow adequate heat and air rotation and I am thinking the vertical blind idea may be the perfect solution. Of course, I will have to find longer boards....I do so love how you have these mounted! Now I'm wondering if this same idea would be sturdy enough of a mount for a roller door for my bathroom? The door will be on wheels and the rod at the top is simply a guide for the top rings. ( Sort of a "barn door" idea )....Can't begin to thank you enough for your wonderful share!

Humboldtartdept (author)bbanks52017-01-24

Thank you so much! Wow, those were some seriously tight doors, amazing. The boards I used were longer than you'd normally find for pallets, so they're out there. Good luck! I'd love to see photos when you're done! You're so welcome and thank you for your nice words!

arvevans (author)2016-06-19

Can be improved by adding a pull-chain to spread or stack the boards depending on which way you pull it.

These can be built from any relatively thin material...does not require pallets to build them. Maybe even cardboard of plastic strips?

Humboldtartdept (author)arvevans2016-06-19

There are lots of tweaks one can make for sure -- glad you saw that and the potential. Thanks!

SherylS7 (author)2016-06-19

I like it, but what is the parts list? Where can I find top plate connectors?

Humboldtartdept (author)SherylS72016-06-19

Looks like I intermingled the parts list within my description. The top plate connectors can be purchased at any hardware store.

Carpenter Guy (author)2016-06-17

Very cool! I might try this sometime!

Cool, thanks so much!

KristenH26 made it! (author)2016-04-27

actually i am searching for blind on google and i found your
blog and i have seen this post for blinds which is really nice to see...keep
doing well and update with new post...nice post <a

JenniferB191 (author)2016-03-14 may be a genius! I LOVE these. I have a couple questions though, if you don't mind....1- can you see through them? Like could be see in at night when they are closed? 2- how do you clean them? Are they sealed so you can .'wipe' them? Thanks so much!

Aw shucks, thank you!

Don't mind questions at all!

1. There are gaps between the pallet slats so that they'll open and close. I suppose if someone is a super peeping Tom, they could peep through the gaps. The gaps on these aren't huge but are necessary to fold the whole thing closed.

2. These are unsealed and in a room that's used 0.5% of the time so I merely dust them with a homemade fleece swiffer duster thing. You could sand the wood smooth and seal it for easier cleaning for sure.

Thank you!

*people see in at night...

kas227 (author)2015-11-14

What a brilliant idea. The pallet slats being so substantial and waterproof, they would be the perfect matching screen I've been looking for, to go on one side of my pergola for privacy whilst in the hot tub.

Humboldtartdept (author)kas2272015-11-14

Fantastic! So glad you found some inspiration here!

AJR13 (author)2015-10-02

These are sooo cute! Great idea. Hoping to start my blinds very soon!

Humboldtartdept (author)AJR132015-10-03

Thanks so much!

joeldovev (author)2015-08-12

This is such an awesome idea. Love it!

Aw thank you so much!

esei (author)2015-05-05

Looks awesome :) I wonder if this could be made into the type in the image, might be a future project for me to find out... Shame I only have a velux in my room!

Humboldtartdept (author)esei2015-05-05

I bet it could -- you might want to look into thinner slats than I used. And thanks! :)

seamster (author)2014-11-28

I love this idea!

Humboldtartdept (author)seamster2014-11-29

Thanks so much!

adawnee (author)2014-06-24

Where did you get the circle hardware that goes on the rod and attaches

to the wood?

Humboldtartdept (author)adawnee2014-06-24

Those are binder rings, or aka loose leaf rings, or aka book rings. I used 1" and bought mine at Office Max, though lots of stores like Target have them as well. The flexible swivel key tags (the part in the middle that swivels and the ring that goes through the rod) were a special order on Home Depot's website.

WildWhippetWoman (author)2014-06-23

You are a life saver! We don't have much money and have been trying to fix up our home on a tight budget. Our den has a picture window that's around 122" wide. I've looked at custom blinds (too expensive), store bought curtains (need too many panels making this too expensive too) AND we have 5 whippets who love to look out the window so whatever we use needs to be easy to open (like THEY can open it), cheap as they might very well get excited and rip down the curtains, and we wanted as much light as possible. This takes care of all those problems! I probably would not attach the individual pieces so they can stick their heads thru or maybe do a few hooked together in groups so I can open just the ones I want. Really great idea!!! Any idea where I can get free or really cheap pallets??? Thanks again. Wild Whippet woman

Oh fantastic! Thanks so much for your nice comment! I'm so glad it's an idea that will work for you!

I found the free pallet wood place I go to by poking around Craigslist in the "free" section. You might try Googling your area and "pallet wood," see what comes up.

If you make them, let me know how they turned out!

kreator (author)2014-06-19

Is this humboldt as in northern california humboldt? because I lived in arcata for a while!

Humboldtartdept (author)kreator2014-06-21

Nope, sorry, Humboldt as in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.

sunshiine (author)2014-06-19

Now this is a great idea; thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day.


Why thank you for such a fantastic compliment! I hope you have a splendorous day as well!

craftclarity (author)2014-06-18

Super cool! You should enter these in the Pallet Contest...!

Oh thanks! I had no idea there was a contest so thank you, I will look that up!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-18

How fun! Quite the unique look :)

Thanks so much!

Humboldtartdept made it! (author)2014-06-18

Super easy, great look, very budget-friendly!

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