Can You Cut a Bamboo Shade?

Easy Steps to Cut a Bamboo Shade for Your Window

Bamboo shades are a fantastic way to add a natural touch to your windows. Sometimes, these shades might not fit perfectly, and cutting them to size becomes necessary. Don't worry; cutting a bamboo blind can be a straightforward process! Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through it.

1. Check your shade size first. It depends on the headrail and the mechanism that raises and lowers them. You can not cut deeper than where the mechanism(including cord lock system) is located on the headrail. I suggest you cut the sides of the shade maximum 2 inches.

2. Gather Your Tools Before you start, make sure you have the right tools at hand. You'll need a measuring tape, a pencil, something straight like a ruler, sharp scissors, or a utility knife. Also, find a flat surface to work on.

3. Measure Your Window Take your measuring tape and measure the width and length of your window or the space where you want to hang the bamboo shade. 

4. Mark Your Cutting Line Place your bamboo shade flat on your work surface. Use the pencil and ruler to mark a clear cutting line based on your measurements. Make sure the line is straight and easy to follow when cutting.

5. Time to Cut Depending on how thick the bamboo is, use a sharp (new) utility knife to cut along the marked line. Tape around the shade tight with painter's tape. Take it slow and steady to avoid jagged edges or splinters. If you're using a knife, be careful! If you're very handy, cutting with a electric saw would be the best (see the video below)

6. Smooth Out the Edges After cutting, check the edges for any rough spots or splinters. If needed, gently sand the edges with fine-grit sandpaper to make them smooth.

7. Hang Your Resized Shade Once you've got your bamboo shade cut to the right size, it's time to hang it up. 


Remember, cutting a bamboo shade is a doable DIY project, but it's crucial to work cautiously and accurately for the best results. If you're unsure, practice on a small section first or get advice from DIY websites or forums.

Here are some important things to keep in mind:
  • Take your time with measurements and cutting.
  • Be cautious while using sharp tools.
  • Check and smooth the edges for a neat finish. Using a painter's blue tape is highly recommended.
  • Follow specific instructions if provided by the manufacturer.


By following these simple steps, you'll be able to customize your bamboo shades to fit your windows perfectly, giving your space a personalized touch.

Here are a few more tips you can learn more about cutting bamboo blinds

◍ How to Cut Bamboo Blinds-Tip# 1
◍ WikiHow: How to Cut Bamboo Blinds-Tip# 2

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