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How To Shorten Your Blinds At Home


Your window blinds were custom-made, but you’re about to relocate to a new home with different window sizes. Or, you intend to make changes to the interior design of your home in preparation for the upcoming season. Do you have to buy a brand-new set of blinds in such cases? No, not at all. The good news is that you can shorten the length of your existing blinds to meet the new specifications. Before you learn how to do it, consider the advantages of dressing your windows with blinds.

Benefits Of Window Blinds

Window blinds are a quick and simple way to change the appearance of a room. Depending on your mood, needs, and the changing seasons, you can simply adjust the angle of the slats to let sunlight in and brighten the room or create darkness by blocking the light.

Blinds also help to protect your sofa sets, rugs, and other home décor items from being dusty or deteriorating. With blinds covering your windows, you won’t have to make any compromises when it comes to your privacy or safety. Blinds can be entirely closed to ensure that no one can peek through windows.

Windows are one of the largest energy drains in the home. Energy loss via your windows can account for up to 25% of your home’s heating and cooling costs. Blinds insulate your home and make it easy to heat or cool. These b cut down significantly on your energy costs. 

Another important benefit of blinds is that they are easy to install and clean. You’ll probably only need to dust them or wipe them down with a moist cloth once in a while to keep them looking like new. Blinds are especially advantageous for houses with allergy sufferers, as dust and grime may be readily removed. Blinds are also ideal for the outdoors as they can withstand heat, cold, moisture, and constant exposure to the sun.

Window blinds come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns, so that you can create the perfect look in your kitchen, living room, or bathroom. Vertical blinds work well for large windows and sliding glass doors, while mini-blinds are perfect for picture windows. Wood blinds can add a luxurious touch to traditional furnishings and hardwood floors. Though they are expensive, they significantly increase the value of your home as an asset in case you want to sell it. Other low-cost alternatives include plastic, bamboo, vinyl, and aluminum.

Window blinds, in addition to their numerous functional advantages, can offer a dazzling amount of charm and splendour to the interiors of homes. Many different types of window blinds are available on the market, and you can select one that best suits your space.

If you are seeking something long-lasting, aluminum blinds are the best option available. Faux wood blinds go well with rooms painted white and bright colours

PVC and vinyl blinds are simple to care for and maintain. Depending on their style and fit, blinds have the ability to either improve or ruin a room’s ambiance.

When you put your blinds on your windows, it is vital that they fit properly. Well-fitted windows are aesthetically pleasing. Because they don’t dangle below the window frame, they keep your dogs and children safe. The blinds’ durability is also improved by a good fit.

If you are moving into a new home or made a mistake in measurement, you can shorten your wooden, aluminum, or vinyl horizontal blinds to fit your window frame.

Reducing the length of blinds

If the length of your blinds is longer than necessary, this step-by-step guide will show you how to shorten them. 

  1. First, figure out how many slats you will have to remove to get a perfect fit.
  2. To remove the extra slats from your window covering, you’ll need a screwdriver. For this, a flathead screwdriver is ideal. You will also need scissors to cut the cord knot that is holding the plug in its place. Using scissors, carefully cut the knot all the way through.
  3. Pull the loose middle cord through the number of slats you’d like to take off. With a ruler, measure the length of the string and leave six inches of slack at the end. Cut the string just at the six-inch mark.
  4. Replace the plastic covers and tie a double knot at the end of the string. A tight knot will help to keep the cord in place. Any extra pull cord at the very bottom can be cut with scissors and discarded.
  5. Now, check if the blinds fit well. If not, you may have to further remove one or two excess slats to get the perfect fit. 

Note: The lift cord is a thicker cord that runs through the center of each slat. The ladder cord is the second cord that wraps around each slat and runs along the front and back of the blinds. The bottom rail is the last ‘slat’ of your blinds. Two or more bottom rail plugs are pushed into it.

Cutting the width of blinds

If you need to cut the width of your new horizontal blinds, it is best to return them to the manufacturer so that they can be customized to meet your specific window dimensions. However, if you have old blinds that you may need to reinstall on windows of different size after relocating, you can perform the cutting yourself with precision and caution at your home. 

To cut down the headrail, first measure the distance you want to cut and draw a line to mark it. Remove the headrail’s end stiffener. With a hacksaw, carefully cut away the headrail along the mark you made. Reinstall the end stiffener on the headrail.

If the slats are too wide and must be cut, align them evenly and secure them together with rubber bands first. Make a pencil mark on the slats where you want to cut them. To avoid chipping, wrap a tape around the marked area before cutting. Cut slowly through the tape and slats with a saw. Take away the tape and rubber bands.

Caution: Take special care when measuring the dimensions of your windows and marking the line on the headrail or slats to cut them. Cutting the parts of the blinds is not as simple as reducing the length of the blinds by removing the slats.  If you have difficulty trimming the breadth, it is advisable to get professional help.

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.

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