Is your roller shade acting up? Then its time for the DIY genius in you to rise!
The best feature of roller shades lies in their simplicity. The single fabric design gives the room a clear, finished look. In modern homes, with their smart, compact interiors, roller shades add that extra dash of style, without looking cumbersome and heavy.
Roller shades are also famously easy to maintain. They can be cleaned at home, and other than a few operational issues, roller shades last for a long time. As the fabric remains rolled up, much of it remains undamaged.
Roller shades are also extremely versatile. They come with blackout, heat-reflective, heat-resistant, noise-cancellation, and UV protection features.
Blackout shades block out light completely to give the room a relaxed and cool ambiance. Now you can enjoy a seamless sleep, without the summer sun leaving a blazing trail through your room.
Blackout Fabrics are also very useful for the media room and living room, where you can create that movie-hall effect during the day.
Roller shades also come with heat resistant properties. The fabric of the shades reflects back most of the heat it receives, providing the room with much-needed relief from the blast of the sun.
Just like our bodies, our home interiors also need protection from harmful UV rays. Roller shades provide excellent cover, protecting your furnishings from overexposure to UV rays, making them last for years.
Noise is not something taken into account while shopping for window treatments. However, outdoor noise can have a serious effect on your life. Roller shades can be modified to include noise cancellation properties. Now you can relax and enjoy your interiors, undisturbed by the hustle-and-bustle of the neighborhood.
How do Roller Shades Work?
But first, take a look at how roller shades work.
Roller shades are made up of a single piece of fabric, a hollow tube, a rachet, and a spring. The fabric rolls around the hollow tube. The ratchet locks the roller shade in place, while the spring provides the correct amount of tension that makes the shade operate smoothly.
So, if your roller shade is throwing a tantrum, it is probably one of the parts mentioned above not doing its job. Let’s look at 5 common issues that you are likely to face with roller blinds and the easy solutions to them.
Shade Goes up too Fast!
If your shade goes up too fast, then the culprit is the tension spring inside the roller. It is probably wound too tight. This is one of the most common problems with roller shades.
To fix the problem, close the shade and take it down from the bracket. Now you need to hold the roller in your hand and manually lower the fabric up to half of the full length. This should correct the tension spring. Put the shade back in its bracket and see if the shade works better. If not, repeat the process.
Shade Rolling up too Slow!
If you shade goes up too slow, then the tension spring is loose. This too requires manual intervention.
You will need to tighten the spring. Detach the shade from the bracket and manually roll the shade up to the point it would usually hang on the window. Replace the shade back on the brackets and check if the speed looks right. If not repeat the process. The problem should correct itself.
If the shade refuses to come down at all, then the spring might be jammed. To fix this problem, you will need a standard size plier from your toolbox.
Use the pliers to twist the flat pin at the end of the roller in a clockwise direction. You will feel the spring release from inside. The sound you are looking for is that of the ‘pawl’ releasing the rachet.
Once that is done, bring the shade down and roll it down to the half of its length. This should adjust the spring. Put the shade back up into its brackets.
Roller Shades Won’t Lock
If the roller shade won’t lock, then there might be a fault in the ratchet in the roller. Sometimes, the dust accumulated at the rachet jams the locking mechanism. To correct the problem, take the shade out of its brackets. Now, take off the metal cap at the end. Use a brush to clean the dust from the pawl and rachet. If possible, use some oil to lubricate the area. Replace the cap and readjust the spring tension in the way described above. Your shade should work fine now.
Shade is Cracked!
If the shade is cracked, it is a good idea to change the fabric. The fabric in a roller shade remains wrapped around the roller. So, to remover the fabric, you need to get the shade down from its brackets.
Now roll the fabric out until you see the part of the fabric that is attached to the roller. It is probably stapled or glued to the roller. Remove the fabric by detaching it from the roller.
Now you need to attach the new shade fabric to the roller. Make sure that the fabric matches the length and width of the previous fabric. You can use either upholstery glue, stapling, or strong tape to attach new fabric to the roller. With glue, you need to make sure that the fabric is attached and completely dry before placing the shade back on the brackets.
Stapling would work just as well, as long as the staples are flush with the roller. The same goes for the strong tape.
Once the fabric is attached to the roller, manually lower the fabric up to half of the full length. Roll it back up again and repeat the process. This should correct any error in the spring. Put the shade back up and enjoy the new look of the room.