By Gene and Katie Hamilton
When you want to add the warmth of wood to a window treatment, consider the possibilities of a wood blind that adds functionality and high fashion to the room. Wood blinds are available in a variety of shades from tinted white to natural pine to deep ebony; the slats range in width from 1 3/8 inches to 2 3/8 inches. The more traditional wood blinds feature ladder tapes that bind the slats together in a color blending or contrasting with the shade of the wood slats. You can customize the shade with decorative tapes in stylish colors and designs that coordinate with your furnishings. Most wood blinds include a valance that matches the slats and finishes the treatment.
Before ordering a wood blind, consider how you want it installed, because that determines the width that you order. One way is mounted inside the window framing; the other is outside the frame on the window trim or wall. To mount the blind inside the window framing, make sure there's enough space for the depth of the top of the blind, called its headrail.
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If you have young children, the National Window Covering Safety Council suggests using only cordless window coverings to prevent the hazard of accidentally strangling in window cords.
An installer or handyman will charge $294 to install a 40-inch wide by 60-inch high honey colored wood blind with 1 3/8-inch slats. This includes labor and material. You can buy the blind for $190 and install it yourself and save 35 percent. You'll need a steel measuring tape and an electric drill to do the job.
You'll find wood blinds sold at window design shops, home centers and online at
www.selectblinds.com. The Help Center has instructions and advice to measure for and install a wood blind.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install wood blinds lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.