Fixing Fabric Vertical Blinds for the Right Fit
Vertical blinds are commonly used in large windows and sliding patio doors because of their sleek design, functional effectiveness, various advantages, and affordability. The blinds are not only designed to protect your interior from the harshness of direct sun and heat, but their amazing capability in preserving the outside view makes these blinds elegant and extremely appealing. There is no doubt that these blinds are an excellent choice to create a comfortable and pleasing indoor ambiance and when customized properly, they can make windows and doors look astounding, adding extra dimension to the decor. However, you need to be very careful when it comes to installation and maintenance to ensure the smoothness of functionality without damaging the fabric material.
Fabric vertical blinds add softness to your decor. But they are installed high and above the windows for maximum efficiency. And the blinds come in standard pull cords to raise and lower as per the convenience. But these cords seem to be risky for your little ones as they can easily tangle between the cords. Pulling the blinds or cords may pose a deathly risk to both kids and pets. Because of these reasons, it’s always recommended to keep the blinds and the cords beyond their reach. And this is where the concept of shortening blinds comes.
Sometimes, you may even get a vertical blind which is too long and that doesn’t mean you have to replace them. You can shorten them at home following some simple steps. Installing oversized window blinds not only ruins the aesthetics of the interior but also create hassles when it comes to functionality. But how to shorten fabric vertical blinds? Well, we can help you out in this case. Have a look at the below instruction guideline that can easily and quickly trim your fabric vertical blinds!
Step By Step Ways of Shortening Fabric Vertical Blinds
- Step 1: Remove all the blind slats from the headrail track. To hold the slats in position, the tracks use clips. So, open the clips first and release all the vanes one by one.
- Step 2: Now, take out one slat or vane and mark it as per the required size. This vane will be a template for the rest of the vanes. Hang the vane once to determine the correct measurement.
- Step 3: Take a scissor and cut straight along the line you marked. Using the cut vane, mark the other vanes, and repeat the same process unless you get all the vanes in the desired size. If you are going for a hacksaw and C-clamp method, then clamp all the vanes. Place a wooden piece between the clamp and the top vane, and cut all the slats using the hacksaw.
- Step 4: Hang each vane on the headrail track and secure them with clips.
- Step 5: Operate the blinds to check flexibility and work functionality.
Shorten the Blind Cords
Shortening the blind slats is not the last thing you should consider, consider the cords too which are hazardous for your toddlers. Though cord cleats are available to secure the blinds but fixing them to the appropriate size will eliminate any type of future hassle.
- Close the blinds to determine the length of the cord. This will help you to understand how much you need to shorten the cord.
- Remove all the additional accessories like decorative tassels and strings.
- Measure the desired length and mark it using a pencil.
- Now, cut the extra cord and put the tassel back in position.
- Open and close the blinds to check if the blinds work smoothly and efficiently.
There are mainly two reasons for shortening vertical blinds, for safety purposes and to enrich the look of the windows and the entire decor. Following the above tricks will make your job done easier.
Disclaimer: We suggest always check with the professionals before you get started. There are multiple ways available for shortening fabric vertical blinds and depending on various factors, the process can vary. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issue or damage caused during the process. So, don’t hesitate to ask for help!