What Are Roller Blinds?
Roller blinds are one of the most traditional forms of blinds in the market today. There are many different types of blinds available today and have unique designs, characteristics and fabric as well. These different styles cater to different needs. For example, they can be focused more on blocking sunlight (blackout blinds), or regulating temperature for example, (cellular shades). Either way, there exist a lot of options for blinds. However, if you are looking for some simplicity and a classic approach, roller blinds can be your best option. If you think that too many options might confuse you further or overcomplicate things, you can choose a roller blind.
Roller blinds come with the basic features that any blind is expected to have, controlling the sunlight and giving the occupants of a home some much needed privacy. They come with a cord, that you can use to pull up or down. They are extremely easy to operate and can suit homes and windows of varying sizes. What’s even better is that they can be considered fashionable. The simple and classical look of roller blinds enhances the look of a room without being too over the top.
Is It Easy To Fix Roller Blinds?
Yes. The design of the roller blind is a basic one. The roller has a coiled spring embedded inside it along with a rachet and pawl. It is okay to consult a professional to fix it if you are unsure. But it is certainly possible to fix by yourself as a DIY project.
Roller blinds are subject to wear and tear over time and usage. They can be too tight or too lose which can be problematic. Even if you do not face these problems now, it is always better to learn how to make adjustments to the mechanism of the blinds to ensure that they work smoothly for a long time.
How Should I Fix The Blinds If They Are Too Loose?
Follow these steps to tighten your roller blinds –
- The first order of business is to double check if the blinds are actually loose. To check the springs, the blinds must be pulled down first. While pulling it down, make sure the blinds are left in the mounting brackets. If, at any point, the shade unravels swiftly or the shades are suspended loosely, it means that the spring is loose.
- The next step is to detach the blinds from the hanging brackets. There are two ends to the blinds. One of them is the flat pin end. The other is the free rolling round pin end. The flat pin end is fastened to a ratchet mechanism which is inside the roller. Take a screwdriver (preferably a small one) open the end cap from the roller on the end with the flat pin.
- The ratchet and pawl will have gathered a lot of dust. They can be cleaned with a cloth (wet or dry) or a vacuum cleaner. Chances are that it is the dust and dirt that is affecting the way the mechanism works. Now that the ratchet and pawl are clean, you can add some lubricant. Make sure it is not too much. The excess lubricant can be removed with a cloth. Consult a hardware store on which lubricant they recommend.
- Place the end cap back where it was initially fixed. Then, put the blinds back into the hanging brackets.
- The blind must be pulled down in such a way that only half of it is unrolled. Now, the flat pin end must be lifted from the bracket and rolled up by hand. Once this is done, the roller blind must be returned to the bracket.
- To check if the blinds are working correctly, the previous step must be repeated until it has the desired level of tightness.
What Do I Do If The Blinds Are Too Tight?
Follow the steps listed below to loosen your blinds –
- The first step is checking whether the blinds are too tight. The blind must be pulled down to check the performance of the springs while the blinds are still left in the mounting brackets. The blinds are too tight if one of two things happen. Either the blind rolls back up quickly (almost like a snap) or the blinds itself are difficult to pull down but will not stay down. If either of these two things happen, the blinds are too tight.
- The blinds must be taken down from the hanging brackets. Upon completion of this first part, the roller end cap must be removed from one with using a screwdriver and the flat pin. Flat screwdrivers make the job easier and is highly recommended.
- A vacuum cleaner or wet cloth must be used to clean the dust. Next, the ratchet must be sprayed with a lubricant. Spray lubricant work best as it is easier not to apply excess of it. However, if there is excess make sure to wipe it off. Too much lubricant can also be a problem.
- The blind must be hung back into the brackets after the end cap is replaced.
- The flat pin end of the brackets must be hoisted and the blinds must be unrolled a few times. Further, the blinds must be placed back into the brackets. Now it is time to test the blinds. Gently pull and release the blinds repeatedly.
- Repeat the previous step until the blinds work well according to you.
Is There Anything Else To Know About Roller Blinds?
Roller blinds are versatile and can suit any part of your home. For instance, blackout roller blinds are perfect for your bedrooms. They block out the sunlight almost entirely and make it perfect for your family to sleep in on the weekends. There also might be some people who sleep during the day because they are shift workers. Blackout roller blinds will be perfect for such a situation.
They are also prevalent in bathrooms and kitchens. This is because they tend to occupy little space. Moreover, the time and cost of maintenance is very low. Wiping the surface of the blinds or slats with a wet cloth is more than enough.
Another very important thing to remember while buying roller blinds is to measure the dimensions of your windows. There are standard size roller blinds on the market. But you always run the risk of it looking awkward by it being too short or long. Measurements need to account for the frame size, slat size and whether you want a compact fit or not.
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.