DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds

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Introduction: DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds

About: Undoing everything a house flipper did.

Easy, stylish, budget-friendly DIY pallet wood vertical blinds! As created by humboldtartdept.blogspot.com!

Step 1: Install Top Plate Connector

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

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

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

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!

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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!

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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!

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?

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

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

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

OK...you 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!

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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!

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.

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Fantastic! So glad you found some inspiration here!

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

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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!

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

I love this idea!