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How Do You Change The Slats In Blinds?


Windows constitute a very important part of the house. In the overall house décor, they are at times not given due importance and remain relatively unattended to. At times, the homeowners are in such a hurry to construct a home that they do not pay attention to the fact that windows can significantly contribute to the home’s aesthetic appeal. More importantly, they let in sunlight and air into the house to make it well-lit and ventilated. Sometimes too much exposure to sunlight can make people uncomfortable. Homeowners these days have a lot of options from which they can select a window treatment solution. These options provide excellent sunlight control and contribute to the creation of specific themes for the rooms. Recently, window blinds have emerged as one of the most popular window treatment solutions because they are durable, flexible, and can also be automated to suit the owner’s needs.

What Is A Window Blind?

A window blind is a window treatment solution that comprises of either horizontal or vertical slats that are made up of different hard materials such as wood, faux wood, and even metal. These slats give the overall shape and structure to the blind. They are kept in place by cords that run through these slats.

How To Change The Slats In The Blinds?

In homes where there are children or pets, at times, their curiosity can get the better of them, and can result in a damaged blind. Even otherwise, with general wear and tear, it is common for the slats to get damaged over time. A damaged slat does not require the entire blind to be changed. However, before setting out to replace the slats in the blind, one must acquire

  1. A flat tip screwdriver
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. Lighter

Following are the steps which one is required to pursue changing the slats in a blind:

  • Identify and Remove the Three Plugs at the Bottom of the Blind:

If one looks at the bottom of the blind, one can easily identify three inserts that resemble plugs. An easy way to identify them is to look for the size as these are slightly bigger than a pencil’s thickness. One must use a flat tip screwdriver to remove these plugs. The owner of the blind can easily do it if she or he inserts the screwdriver underneath the plug. If one manoeuvres the screwdriver around the plug by applying pressure from underneath, it makes the plug come out eventually. Once done, it will make the end of blinds’ threading bare. One is advised to start the work from this area as it is here that both the blinds’ ends are tied with each other. 

  • Gently Cut the Pull String Knots:

Once the owner of the blinds has successfully exposed the thread work of the blind, she or he should try to release the tension completely off it. Next up, she or he should try to expose the maximum number of slats. One is advised to take out up to three strings from the lowermost holes and cut the knots from as low as possible. It will help in unthreading the drawstrings. One is advised to cut the strings instead of trying to unthread them as it makes the task of threading the blinds easier later. The next important thing to be done is to pull the blind cord until the broken slats are passed. Several of the slats which are not broken will also be passed, but one has to do it to reach the broken ones.

  • Start the Replacement of the Slats from the Bottom of the Blind:

One is advised to remove as many slats from the bottom of the blind until they reach the broken ones. The slats will quickly come off from and one must remove as many as are required.

  • Replace the specific Slats:

One is advised to identify the slats that are broken and then remove them. It can be quickly done by pulling the broken ones out from one of the sides. Next, one must slide in the new slat. Care should be taken to align the new slat with the others in the blind. Once it is done, the blind should be ready to be returned to its place and it match the condition it was in before being damaged.

  • Remove the Additional Bottom Loops and should Work on Preparing the Drawstring:

Once the slats have been removed, one must find some extra thread loops towards the lower part of the slide. One is advised to cut them out, leaving two extra sets of loops. One loop should be used for the base while the other is used to be tucked back into the holes which are there at the bottom. One must be very careful at this step because if one cuts many loops, then there will be a scarcity of them at the bottom. At this stage, anyone who wants to reduce the size of the blinds can do so to make it exactly match the dimensions of the window. At this stage, one can remove as many slats as required to attain the perfect size to match the window frame.

  • Thread the Drawstring and Tie them off at the base:

The next step is to thread the drawstrings in such a way that it passes through the slats. One must ensure that one alternates and covers both the right and the left sides of the blind after every five or six slats. It has to be done to prevent the slats from completely moving towards one side. This is the step that is the most time-consuming and requires a lot of patience. One should be very cautious as not to miss a hole or thread while completing the process. When the owner of the blind reaches the base, she or he should thread the drawstring via the hole and tie a double knot for complete safety.

  • Stuff the Extra Loop and Replace the Plugs:

As the last step to finish the job, one must pack the final loops into the base by pushing them down together with the help of a thumb. Next, the plugs which were removed earlier should be replaced. After this, the functionality of the blinds must be tested. One must ensure that the louvers move freely, both upwards and downwards with the pull and release of the drawstring.

By following the above-mentioned eight-step process, one can easily replace the broken slats in the blind. In this way, the blinds can be saved, and the owner does not have to replace the entire blind. Once the replacement is successfully done, the owner should inspect the other blinds in the house. If some slats are damaged, she or he should follow this eight-step procedure again to replace the slats in the blinds.

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.

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