Although blinds have been around for a long time, modern innovations have made them indispensable for modern homes. Blinds come in a variety of shapes, designs, and patterns. Blinds can be chosen to address a multitude of requirements, be it temperature control, light-filtration, noise-cancellation, or privacy. And all of these features are packaged in a power-packed combination of attractive designs, in affordable prices. So, it is little wonder that blinds are ubiquitous in modern homes.
However, like all things, blinds also face some operational hiccups. Most come in the form of malfunctioning or damaged cords. Cords are used to open and close the blinds, and it can be safely said that they are the most frequently handled blind mechanism.
Blind cords undergo a lot of strain during the daily operation of blinds. So, it is not surprising that cords are frequently broken or damaged. More often than not, homes with pets find that their cords serve as the favorite chew toy. Whatever, the reason is for the damage, if your blind cords are broken, they need replacing. Fortunately, this is something that can be easily done at home. No point getting professionals involved if the blind cord is all that is broken.
Things You Will Need
Most of the things you will need can be found in the house, except the replacement cord.
It would be good idea to get it from the manufacturer, to get exactly what you are looking for. However, if you are not particular about the color or texture, you may be able to find replacement cords in your local hardware store. Get enough to suit your purpose.
While you are shopping for replacement cords, also grab hold of some pull ends. These hang from the end of the cords and put some weight on them. As a result, the cord hangs straighter and you get something hold on to while pulling the blind. These are available in lot of beautiful variations and you are sure to find something that goes with your décor.
You will need to snip off a portion of the cord with scissors.
Paperclip Hooks or Needles
These are going to come very handy when you need to pull out the cord from tight knots.
You are sure to have a plier in the house. You will need these to take the buttons off the bottom rail.
Now for the Real Action!
You will need to take the blind down for this. First close the blind so that all the slats are stacked up nicely together at the top. There should be a bracket clip on each bracket. Support the weight of the blind with one hand under the bottom rail and lift the bracket clips up. This will release the blind towards you. Once you have pulled the blind down, remove the tilt wand or any the tilting mechanism from the blind.
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.
Step 1: Put your blind on a flat surface and locate the buttons on the bottom rail. These buttons hide the end-knot on the cord and keep the ladder tape in place.
Step 2: Use your plier to take these buttons out. A twisting motion would keep the buttons intact when you take them off. Keep them aside for putting them back on the blind after fixing the cord.
Step 3: Use your scissors to snip the know off.
Step 4: Pull the old cord out.
Step 5: Start threading the new cord through the hole in the bottom rail. Go through all the slats. It might be easier to bunch the slats together to line up the holes.
Step 6: Once you reach the top, tie a loop at the end.
What you need to do next is to pass the cord through the little hole on the headrail and around the metal bar. The cord is sloppy and the space around the bar is very tight.
Step 7: Use the paper clip to shape it into a hook-like structure. Pass the hook over the metal bar and get the loop around it. Now you will see that you have a better grip on the cord. Use this to pull the cord over the metal bar.
Step 8: Once you have passed the cord over the bar, you have passed the most painstaking stage.
Step 9: Pass the cord through the other holes.
Step 10: Finally pass the cord into the locking mechanism. When you are at the locking mechanism, take off the hook.
Step 11: Untie the loop and thread the cord into the locking mechanism.
Step 12: Open the blind to its full length. As the cord has passed through the locking mechanism, it will not slip out. The purpose of this step is to ensure that there is enough cord to open the whole blind and still have some left over to tie a knot at the end.
Step 13: Tie a knot and cut off the end.
Step 14: Push back the excess cord and the ladder tape back into the bottom rail and cover it with the button.
Step 15: Repeat the same steps to run cords through the other runs.
Step 16: On the end that is hanging by the side, slide in a pull end and tie a knot.
Step 17: Pull all the cords together and tie them into a loose knot to stop them from twisting together.
Your blind is up and running again. Reward yourself with a well-deserved cup of coffee for all that hard work.