• The size of the window
• The shape of the window
• The location of the window
• The home decor theme
While these are just a few points of consideration, a major decider is ease in operation. Drapery and curtains are considered easy to use and maintain. This is because all you need are curtain rods and other equipment to hang it. Blinds, shades and, shutters, on the other hand, need a bit of handy work. While they are extremely convenient to have, you need to have a toolbox along with and tips and tricks if you want to fix or remove them. This will come in handy for setting up, taking it down, and everything in between.
How to Fix Blinds That are Stuck
Removing blinds from the window is not at all difficult. Sometimes they get stuck because of some internal mechanism. Also, it is important to know that different blinds can be removed differently. Before you start, keep a toolbox and a set of necessary instructions always handy. Let’s look at how to remove some common blinds that are easily found in every home:
1) Horizontal Blinds:
• When it comes to opening the blinds, you need to start by opening the headrail and the brackets. These brackets come with a small opening that you can open with the help of a flat screwdriver. Depending on your blind take note of where your brackets are located. You might need to cautiously wedge the screwdriver. Another tip, remember to hold the handrail as you remove the brackets to prevent it from falling.
• Once the brackets are open, there is nothing that can keep the headrail in place. This does not mean that the headrail will fall but always keep a hand on the headrail just in case. Then slowly and cautiously pull it or slide it out with both hands and lay it on the floor.
• Now it’s time to unscrew the brackets that are attached to the wall. These are usually the mounting brackets. For this, you may need to use a screwdriver or a power drill. If you’re not looking to fix the blinds back then do not remove the mounting bracket.
2) Vertical Blinds:
• If you have vertical blinds, then removing them from the window is a little different. For vertical blinds, you need to start by removing the window slats. These panes are secured by clips. Some of these clips can be opened by hand while for others you might need to use a flat-card-like object. It is important to do this slowly because if anything goes wrong then the slats will incur the damage.
• The next step depends on whether you have inside mounts or outside mounts. If you have inside mounts, you proceed to remove the headrail. If you have outside mounts, then you need to unscrew the brackets and then take out the headrail. You need to turn the screw clockwise from the headrail and slowly take it out. Keep a hand on the headrail to keep it in place and keep it from abruptly falling.
• In case, the headrail is not screwed into the wall, then it’ll be attached to clips that are attached to brackets that you’ll need to remove. For this, you need to use a screwdriver to pop out the clips to take out the headrail. You can easily notice these clips as they’ll be sticking out slightly from the blinds.
3) Regular Blinds:
If you’re unsure of the kind of blinds you have or you just have something standard for space, then you can remove the blinds this way as well (only if you’re permanently de-attaching the blinds):
• Takedown all the extra decorative items like valances and cornices.
• You’ll need to rotate the vanes to an open position so that its easier for you to take the blinds down.
• Identify the clips holding the slats and try to operate them from the slats. You can do this by hand or with the help of a flat card.
• You’ll need to identify the chain that allows you to operate the slats. You can remove this once all the slats have been separated.
• You need to de-attach the spring clips. To do this, you need to separate the blind rail. Once this is done, you can proceed to remove the brackets with the help of a screwdriver.
There are different approaches when it comes to removing blinds that are stuck on the window. You need to first identify the issue you’re facing before removing them. Sometimes you won’t need to remove them, other times you might have to. But how you remove it depends on the kind of blinds you have, the kind of mounting, etc.
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.