There might be several problems that arise with window blinds even when you have got the ideal ones ordered for you. It can happen with any kind of blind. Curtains may develop issues when they begin to tear at the sides or fade after a wash or when the material is not able to withstand moisture or the scorching heat of the sun. Blinds and shades might be even more vulnerable. Sometimes the material and fabrics might be sensitive, and when handed roughly, they can break or bend, making replacing them a tough exercise. Another issue that is common with blinds is when they are longer than the standard length or height of the window, in which case it becomes necessary to take the extra slats out of them. This is necessary because a longer blind may cause issues. If the window is low and the blind touches the floor, it becomes vulnerable to pets which can chew the slats or even pull them out of the window, resulting in permanent damage. In this section, we will tell you how to take the extra slats out of your blinds, which is a relatively simple procedure and doesn’t require the use of a service professional.
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.
Removing Slats From Window Blinds
Imagine having your favorite Vinyl Blinds installed on the window and realizing that they are too long to provide a clear and concise space. Now the bottom rail hangs loosely at the bottom, making you appear clumsy and careless in the eye of anyone who visits your home.
But while it may paint a sorry picture, the steps involved in removing the extra slats are anything but difficult. Just follow them to the T, and you will be assured of cut-to-size window treatment.
1. Lower The Blinds: Identify which position they are currently in. If they are drawn all the way up or half-open/closed, lower them fully and observe exactly how many extra and unnecessary slats hang below the window sill. This step is necessary in that you will need to gauge the exact height of the shade while it is drawn all the way down against your window. Do not take them out from the window, or you might end up removing more slats than necessary.
2. Look For the Plugs: Generally made from plastic, these round or square plugs will be located on the underside of the bottom rail, which is the last slat of the blind. There might be two or more, depending upon the width of the shade. Use your hand to pry out the plugs. It’s easy taking them out; if not, use a screwdriver to assist you in this.
3. Hold and lift the window blinds with one hand while using the other hand to hold the plug. The lift cord will hence be exposed and you will be able to slide the plug up the cord. This will, in turn, reveal a small knot. Take a pair of scissors and cut the lift cord just above the knot. Then pull the plug off the cut end of the cord, set it besides and repeat the process for the other plugs in the rail.
4. Now let the blinds hang freely, and then take out the bottom rail from the string ladder and keep it aside.
5. The next step involves threading the bottom rail through the string ladder just below the bottom slat. You need to ensure that the bottom rail rests on the string ladder below the bottom slat, and not on the same rung as the bottom slat.
6. Now you need to use the bottom rail to insert the lift cords through its holes on the top of it. Along the underside of the bottom rail, grab the lift cords and pull them through. Once that is done, let these cords hang from the underside of the rail.
7. Let the bottom rail of the window blind rest on your window sill after lifting it up. Open the slats horizontally after rotating the blinds, and then move the rail from the sill to allow it to hang by the string ladder.
8. Now is the time to put your plugs to use. Thread the lift cords through them and tie a knot at the end of each of them. Leave the plugs to hang freely from the end of the cords. Pull the blinds cord till the plugs touch the bottom/underside of the rail.
9. Cut through the string ladder a few inches below the bottom rail (2.5-3 inches).
10. Hold the string ladder together by tying a square knot at its both ends. Along the underside of the bottom rail, insert the knot into the plug openings. Now you need to just push the plugs into the openings attached to the lift cord.
A Few Do’s and Dont’s During The Process
1. It is a simple procedure, but you must ensure that you have the tools necessary to ensure a smooth process. Keep a pair of scissors and a measuring tape handy. Assuming the length or trying to cut the cords by hand will complicate stuff. You need to be thorough and cut the cords neatly wherever required.
2. Before following the process, think about the areas in the house where the longer blind can be better utilized. The extra slats, when removed from the blind, would serve no purpose and will ultimately go to waste.
3. Blinds operated by cords need extra care, to keep them safe from children and pets, especially if they are within reach of these unsuspecting beings. They can be naturally drawn and curious to them and will make all the effort go to waste if you cannot defend them.
4. Blinds and shades require a lot of regular cleaning. It is not difficult to maintain them, though, as your regular vacuum cleaner or a piece of dry cloth would come in handy. However, even one-off rough handling might break them or wrinkle them. This will incur further costs for you.
5. Try to seal off the sides of the window using an adhesive glue or by the simple process of weatherstripping. Blinds and shades, effective though that they are, might sometimes not prevent from seeping in through the crevices in the corners or holes. A simple DIY procedure will protect you and your loved ones from the extreme heat and cold during the year.
6. Even as your vinyl shades suffice in taking care of your indoor space, you can experiment with your window shades and mix and match them with other window treatments. Room darkening, as well as light filtering curtains, can go along rather well with your blinds, creating a fabulous look that will catch the fancy of everyone visiting your abode.
Final note: Extra slats can easily be taken out of your blinds, provided you have a pair of scissors and a measuring tape handy to cut the ladder cords and looping in through the new bottom slat and headrail. You just need to follow the step-by-step instructions carefully, and it will work rather well for you. However, it is also important to maintain your blinds regularly and not handle them roughly, for carelessness in handling these sensitive things might lead to breakage and cracks.