This project explains how to install faux wood window blinds in this final update of How To Build a Basement Closet. The bi-fold closet doors were installed in the previous project.

Faux Wood Window Blind Installation

I measured the basement bedroom windows per the Home Depot Window Treatment Measuring Guide for inside mount window blinds. The windows blinds in my home are inside mount, which means the windows blinds fit inside the window frame for a better degree of privacy.

I purchased three sets of the Home Decorators Collection White Premium Faux Wood Blind 2-1/2 in. Slats, 64 in. long by 31 in. wide, model #10793478066988. (Measure and purchase the width that fits your windows.) My local Home Depot had the blinds in stock with no trimming or cutting necessary.

The Home Decorators wood blind installation instructions apparently are not available on Home Depot’s website, however the Levolor Custom Real & Faux Wood Blind – Installation Instructions are nearly identical.

Home Decorators Collection White Premium Faux Wood Blind 2-1/2 in. Slats

Home Decorators Collection White Premium Faux Wood Blind 2-1/2 in. Slats

The box brackets are installed first in the top corners of the window frame. Open the box bracket by pressing on the locking tab – the hinge swings upward – and mark the mounting holes inside the window frame:

Wood Window Blind Box Bracket Installation

Wood Window Blind Box Bracket Installation

Because the box bracket will be attached to the 3/4 inch thick window frame board with screws, I elected to drill 1/8″ pilot holes for strain relief to avoid splitting the board when driving the mounting screws. My DeWalt cordless drill/driver was too bulky to drill the top mounting bracket hole, so I grabbed my Dremel Tool and Flex Shaft attachment to drill the pilot hole:

Dremel Tool Wand Extension for Strain Relief Pilot Holes

Dremel Tool Wand Extension for Strain Relief Pilot Holes

The window blind box bracket is fastened to the window frame with two Simpson Strong-Drive SD8X1.25 wood screws instead of the smaller screws included with the blinds:

Window Blind Box Bracket Installation

Window Blind Box Bracket Installation

Install the box bracket for the other side of the window the same way.

The headrail slides into the box brackets, then the bracket snaps shut to secure the headrail:

Window Blind Headrail Installed in the Box Bracket

Window Blind Headrail Installed in the Box Bracket

The wrap-around crown valence is assembled with clips:

Window Blind Crown Valance Assembly

Window Blind Crown Valance Assembly

I had a small problem when attempting to mount the crown valence to the headrail; the valence returns which resulted in an ~1 inch gap between the valence mounting clips and the headrail. To fit the valence to the headrail:

  • I removed the valence returns from the main valence.
  • Mounted the valence to the headrail with the provided clips.
  • Measured the distance from the window casing to the valence.
    This is the (shorter) required length for the valence returns.
  • Cut the valence returns to the necessary length on my DeWalt compound miter saw.
  • Re-attached the valence returns to the valence.
  • Clipped the valence to the headrail.
Window Blind Installation: Crown Valence is Too Long

Window Blind Installation: Crown Valence is Too Long

Other than shortening the valence returns, the blinds were easy to install.

Finished Basement Bedroom

The basement bedroom remodeling project is now complete! Time to go shopping for bedroom furniture.

Basement Bedroom Window Blind Installation

Basement Bedroom Window Blind Installation

The basement bedroom closet:

Basement Bedroom Closet Construction

Basement Bedroom Closet Construction

Basement Closet Bi-Fold Doors:

Basement Bedroom Closet Bi-Fold Doors

Basement Bedroom Closet Bi-Fold Doors

Perspective view of the semi-free standing basement bedroom closet:

Basement Bedroom Closet

Basement Bedroom Closet

Take care,

Bob Jackson

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