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How Do I Fix My Blinds? 5 Most Common Problems And How To Fix Them


Did you just notice that your blind is not behaving in the way it should? It can be a bit annoying if you are in a hurry, or downright intolerable if you are sleepy and the only thing that lies between you and a nap is a temperamental blind.

Blinds are universally popular. Not only they come in different colors and designs, they also pack an amazing number of benefits, all within a single framework. Today, the simple blind has evolved to provide consumers with the choice of having glare-free sunlight, complete darkness in the middle of the day, protection from curious onlookers while enjoying the full benefit of the view, and so on. You also have blinds that can be operated through voice control, and be synced with a number of smart devices. However, in more occasion than one, blinds still throw up some surprising operational issues, which require a little bit of intervention on your part.

Most of the times blinds tend to behave. However, like everything that experiences regular use and frequent rough-handling, blinds are susceptible to damage and need some healing touches. Fortunately for you, most of the common problems that you might experience with blinds are easily fixed. All you will need is a bit of time and a successful treasure hunt for a few handy tools. Here we bring you five common problems and some tips about how to fix them.

How to Fix Blinds

Below we have outlined few of the most common problems you are likely to encounter during the life-time of a roller blind. However, before moving on to how to fix blinds, lets take a look at how blinds work.

There are different types of blinds which with varying degrees of complex operational mechanism. The most common and simplest form of blinds are roller blinds. Roller blinds are made of a single piece of fabric, rolled around a hollow tube. It operates with the help of a rachet and a spring, and strings. The fabric opens when the tube is rolled in one direction, and closes when the tube is rolled in another direction. The rachet allows the blind to maintain its position, while the spring moderates the tension while the blind is in operation. The strings go around a loop and acts as a lever to operate the blind. Whenever there is a problem, you will find that the fault lies in one of above-mentioned components. Let’s take a look at a few issues common to roller blinds (and one with Roman blinds), and how to fix them.

Roller Blinds Refusing to Come Down

One of the most common problems faced by homeowners are blinds getting stuck in one place and refusing to come down. Following the steps given below to fix it.

Step 1: Detach the blind from the bracket.

Step 2: You will notice there is a pin at the end of the headrail, that can be turned. Use pliers and turn the pin till it stops moving. This would correct the tension in the blind.

Step 3: Put the blind back up in the brackets.

Step 4: Pull the blind up and down a few times to check if it is working fine.

Roller Blinds Not Staying in Place

Another problem you might encounter is that blinds are not staying in place. The fault might lie in the ratchet which secures the blind in place. To fix it, check out the following steps.

Step 1: Take the blind off the brackets.

Step 2: Roll it all the way up.

Step 3: This should reveal the rachet.

Step 4: Dust is the primary culprit which gets in the way of a rachet working properly. Use a toothpick to scrape off any dust or threads that might have accumulated on the rachet mechanism.

Step 5: Follow up the cleaning with a bit of lubricant, that would get the rachet to work smoothly.

Step 6: Put the blind back up and it should be working just fine.

Roller Blinds Operating too Slowly

When blinds work too slowly or too quickly, the problem lies in the way the fabric is rolling around the rolling tube. If you blind is moving too slowly, the fabric is jammed with tube. You can address the problem with a few simple steps.

Step 1: Lower the blinds to the very bottom.

Step 2: Remove it from the brackets.

Step 3: Manually roll half-way up.

Step 4: Put the blind back up and it should be working fine.

Roller Blinds Moving Too Quickly

For blinds moving too quickly, just reverse the steps.

Step 1: Roll the blind all the way up.

Step 2: Remove it from the brackets.

Step 3: Manually roll it down, again to the halfway point.

Step 4: Replace the blind and it should be working all right now.

Roman Blinds Hanging Unevenly

This is a common problem that is encountered with Roman blinds. Sometimes Roman blinds hang unevenly. Besides being an eye-sore, this problem also gets in the way of operating the blind. Check out the following steps to fix this problem.

Step 1: Take the blind down.

Step 2: Locate the strings that is at the far end of the blind. The one you need is the longest of all the strings.

Step 3: If the string is of same length as the others, then it might have been cut too short initially. Replace the string.

Step 4: Again, if the string is too long, then the reason could be a damaged loop. Check the loops.

Step 5: If any loop has been damaged, replace the loop.

Step 6: Make sure that the string has been wrapped around it correctly.

Step 7: Put the blind back on. It should operate properly now.

Before you proceed with any of the above-mentioned steps, read the instructions provided by your manufacturer. You might find many useful tips there. Please note that the above instructions may not apply to your exact blind brand / model.

With these simple steps, you can get your blinds up and running without incurring the unnecessary expense of replacing it, which is both easy on your pockets and the environment.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.