What are Vertical Blinds?
Vertical Blinds are those that have their slats or vanes suspended from the top of the window frame to the bottom, as opposed to having them move from side to side like their horizontal counterparts.
What are the advantages of vertical blinds and why should I consider them as a prospective window treatment?
Vertical blinds are best suited for larger windows and doors, particularly, something like a sliding glass door. Large windows and glass doors are built to keep the view outside always within the sight of the occupants. If you have a large window that oversees the garden or gives a breath-taking view you might want to consider vertical blinds. Horizontal blinds on the flip side, stack up on the top, partially obstructing the view. The vanes of vertical blinds are also bigger and allow for more light control. They block the sunlight better than a horizontal blind. As we all know, harmful UV rays can affect the human body and harm the furniture inside, making this feature of vertical blinds very useful. One cannot forget about the privacy they award as well.
There are some other things you might want to know regarding vertical blinds so you can weigh the pros and the cons to make a decision for yourself as to whether vertical blinds are the right fit for you. Since the position of the vanes are different from horizontal blinds, and given that they are larger blinds, the mechanism they employ is also larger and different from horizontal blinds. This means they might occupy some space on the sides of the walls. You also might have to get acquainted with its different mechanism.
Why do I need to know how to remove a vertical blind track?
Vertical blinds just like every other type of blind, requires to be maintained. Regular dusting and wiping might suffice, but a thorough cleaning after detaching all the parts will also help clean the unreachable deeper corners and other parts of the blind. Also, in the event you encounter a problem with the blinds, it will be necessary to take it apart to diagnose the cause of the problem in order to fix it. You might also want to replace just the vanes or the bead chain or replace the blinds altogether. For these purposes it is really important to know how to disassemble a vertical blind track.
How do I disassemble a vertical blind track?
Detaching the parts of vertical blinds is not as complicated and daunting as it might seem. In fact, if you can water it down to a step-by-step process it becomes really simple. You only need to keep in mind that caution must be exercised so that you any possibility of damage is minimised. Make sure you read and follow each step carefully and understand them before you start.
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.
- The first step involves removing each individual vane/slat. Only if all the vanes are removed one by one and in sequential fashion, you can remove the rest of it comfortably. To remove each vane, the valance has to be removed. If your vertical blind has a valance which covers the rail, it has to be the one to be removed first. Grab the bottom of the valance and push it upward slowly until it finally comes off. You will find that the clips that are now holding each vane.
- Now that the valance is removed, it is time to start removing each vane. To make it easier you must partially open them. Rotate the vanes so that they do not touch each other. Alternatively, you can also use the cord or chain on the left or right side of the blinds to partially open at an angle.
- Each vane has a vane carrier which supports it and gives it the structural integrity that you see. You will see that the vane carries have a curved handle on one of their sides, which will make you pull it easily.
- Once you identify the carrier, you have almost reached your goal of removing the vanes. All you need to do is to remove the vane from the vane carrier. You will need a thin and flat object to wedge between the vane and the vane carrier. The recommended thin and flat objects would ideally be a simple plastic cards (credit cards and even library cards will suffice)
- Wedge the card to create a gap between the vane and the vane carrier and gently detach the vanes. If you do it hurriedly and roughly, you run the risk of damaging the texture of the vanes. Also, make sure the carrier stays intact. Store the vanes in a clean place and as far away from a risk as possible.
The steps so far, enable you to remove the slats or vanes and allow you to clean them with attention to detail for each slat, or replace them altogether. The subsequent steps however, relate to the removal of the cord or bead chain (the part of the vertical blinds that are used to rotate the slats). You might want to do this to service them or replace them with a newer cord or bead chain from your window treatment centre.
- Gently pull down the cord after removing the vanes.
- Try to detect the location of the brackets on the backside of the blinds. With the help of a flat head screwdriver in the spring clips of the brackets. Once you start twisting the screwdriver patiently, the spring releases.
- After the springs in each bracket come undone, you can finally hold remove the rail from the wall. Get a firm grip on the rails and pull it down slowly. If you are experiencing problems with this part it probably means that the springs have not come off correctly or that you might have missed one of them.
- If you don’t want to reattach the blinds or replace it with new blinds and save the place as it is, you should fill the holes left behind with plaster or compound to keep avoid damage to the wall and to not make it look odd and unappealing
As clear as these steps are, it is always recommended that you have always have some diagrammatic expressions or a video as a point of reference for further clarifications. Remember to be gentle and patient with the way you handle various parts of the blinds. Always make sure you remember where you keep the various parts because some of them (at least) will have to go back into the wall after repairs or replacement.