DIY queen saves thousands by installing her own window shutters via instructions on YouTube – and did it all in just 40 minutes
- Iryna Federico is an interiors blogger with a knack for stylishly designed spaces
- She creates a lavish feel in her home using a range of products, she saves money
- Recently, Iryna revealed how she transformed a room through installing shutters
- She says doing this herself watching a YouTube video saved her thousands
An interiors blogger from South Australia has revealed there’s a way to install your own shutters that could potentially save you thousands.
Iryna Federico was recently faced with the dilemma of installing shutters in a spare room in need of a transformation but was concerned with the cost.
She spent a staggering $5,000 on installing shutters throughout her house and received a quote to install shutters in her spare room was estimated to cost $1,200.
Her commitment to saving paid off and she found a company that not only made DIY shutter installation easy but offered her pre-made shutters for a total $650.
Interiors blogger Iryna Federico revealed how a DIY shutters installation transformed a room in need of a makeover
The DIY pro (pictured) is the 27-year-old woman behind an incredible pantry transformation, one that’s entirely pastel hued
‘I did some research and found that there were a fair few companies that manufactured shutters to size but the measure and install were up to the customer, hence making them about half the price,’ Iryna wrote on her blog.
She said The Shutters Department website (the company she used to make her pre-assembled blinds) enabled her to confidently measure her space and offered in-depth video tutorials for installation.
‘I could get an online quote before I placed any sort of order so I knew exactly how much it was going to cost and they sent out samples free of charge so I could compare colours.’
Iryna purchased her kitset shutters from The Shutters Department after realising it was possible to save money by installing these herself
The shutter frame clicks into place and this is then screwed directly onto the window
Iryna, who is known for her stunning pastel kitchen transformation, said following the installation tutorial was so simple, she was able to install her blinds in just 40 minutes.
She explained the shutter frames themselves click into place to form the frame and then this frame is screwed directly onto the window.
Pre-assembled shutter doors made the process even easier as these could be fitted straight into hinges which had been provided.
‘We have only done the one thus far, but if we had to do it again, I think it would take about 20 minutes per window once you know what you’re doing.’
To DIY your own window seat, Iryna said to start with a piece of MDF cut to size after covering the base with foam and wadding staple your covering using a staple gun
Materials you will need to create window seat covers:
Choice of fabric
For those wanting to add a touch of style to an otherwise dull room, the interiors blogger also offered instructions on how to DIY your own window seat covers.
She said to create the perfect ‘nap corner’, she worked with a cabinet maker to install the base.
Next, using MDF cut to size she topped this with a piece of foam (also cut to size). Wadding was then layered on to this but only stapled on one side.
‘Stretch the wadding over and staple the other side. I spaced out my staples quite sporadically because I knew the fabric part would also be stapled,’ Iryna advised.
Once this is done, place the seat padded side up on your choice of fabric. Ensure you make this as straight and smooth as possible and start stapling.
Lastly, cut away any excess fabric and fold at the corners to get a neat edge.
In total, Iryna said she spent $50 on products.