Horizontal blinds are the most common window treatments today. They come with a whole list of benefits that make them much sought after. They control and regulate how much sunlight enters the room. They block the sunlight off if necessary. Additionally, they have great insulation capacities that keep the rooms warmer or cooler when necessary. Let’s also not forget their ability to provide privacy by not only ensuring that people from the outside cannot peep in, but also that the sound coming from the outside of the home, or inside is absorbed to some extent. They also add a look of sophistication to any room they’re used in, because of the variety of colors and designs they come in.
Is There a Time Where You Might Have to Adjust the Alignment of Your Horizontal Blinds?
The answer to this question is yes. You might not need this all the time, but it is certainly something to be aware of. After deciding to buy horizontal blinds, the next step is to measure the dimensions of the windows that the blinds are meant to cover. Once they have been measured, it becomes easier to buy blinds that are custom-fit to the window. However, if it’s not possible to get a custom-fit that caters exactly to your window’s dimensions, the next step is to find blinds that are close in terms of size to your window.
In either case, you might find that the blinds may be too long or too wide for the window, or that your mounting surface isn’t completely level. This will come off asymmetrical and displeasing to eyes. Thankfully, it is possible to make alignments and adjustments on your own without having to replace the blinds or call for professional help.
What Does This Alignment Process Look Like?
You can achieve the desired alignment with the help of a step by step process –
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by 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.
Step 1 – This step is mainly to reduce the width of the blinds. Use a hacksaw to shorten the valance, slats and headrail. Once this is done, the new dimensions must be measured. Markings must be made with a pencil. Ideally, this is where they might have to be trimmed.
Step 2 – There is a small piece of metal known as the end stiffener which is situated at the backend of the headrail. The head of the stiffener must be cut off with a hacksaw specifically on the markings made previously. The backend of the headrails must now be shut. This can be done with the help of pliers. Do not, however, forget the replace the stiffener in its original position.
Step 3 – The next thing to do is to tie rubber bands on the blinds. It is crucial to make sure the ends are aligned. In order to make sure the ends of the slats are not damaged; they must be covered. Once this is done, you will know where the blinds need to be cut. Use a measuring tape and mark the points that need to be cut.
Step 4 – Use the measuring tape to also figure out at which points the valances need to be cut. Mark the point with a pencil and make sure it is cut slowly so that no extra bit gets chipped off.
Step 5 – Install the headrail in the intended place. Naturally, this must be done before the blinds are hung back onto the wall.
Step 6 – There are a few plastic plugs under the rail on the bottom. The number of plugs usually vary. These must be pulled off with a flat screwdriver and set aside.
Step 7 – Remove the lift cord which is present beneath the rail. You must cut the knot with scissors in the end and untie them.
Step 8 – All these steps will help you remove the unnecessary or excess slats. They must be removed through the string ladders. Make sure you can take out only the unwanted slats and not more than that. It might be an inconvenience to place them back. It is possible. But, it is better to avoid these detours.
Step 9 – Slide off the bottom rail and push it into the ladder string just beneath the last slat. The string must be pushed past the gap in the bottom rail, following which a knot must be tied at the end of the string.
Step 10 – The length of the cords needs to be double-checked. It is also important to make sure they are suspended in the right fashion. There will be some excess string left. It is your choice if you want to cut them off. Most of the time, the extra string can be cut off using scissors. You will also notice some excess cords. They should be pushed in the bottom rail. At this point, the plastic plugs that were left aside must be fastened back into their spots.
Step 11 –It is time to hang the blinds and test them out. Do not forget to the check the cords and see if they work as well.
What Are Tilt Cord Adjustments And Do You Need Them?
If you face difficulty in using the wand to tilt the slats and control the amount of sunlight entering the room, you may have to make some adjustments. This problem is usually credited to some of the moving parts that have moved away from their positions. The first thing to do is to remove the blinds from the wall. Peep into the headrail. You will locate a long metal rod that goes alongside the blinds. The cord is inside this metal rod. The rod must be pushed till it is out of its position. Push the rod into the tilt mechanism (it will resemble a wheel with a hole and will be positioned on the side). This may help to smoothen the working of the tilts.
It is highly recommended that when any of these adjustments are made, they are made with the help of pictured instructions or a video to give guidance. The working kinks of some blinds might be different and there is a need to adapt and improvise on the steps mentioned above. Bear in mind that these steps may not necessarily help you with making adjustments to vertical blinds. This is because they have more moving parts and bigger slats. Adjusting slats can be done relatively easily. However, it is always better to have the right measurements and custom fit blinds in first to avoid this situation. It must come as a last resort.