There is no dearth on the types of window blinds in the market, for there is one for every purpose. Each window blind varies in shape, colour, and texture. Even as the world is moving towards fusion blinds, which have the look of one blind and the functionality of the other, there are those that have stood the test of time. Venetian blinds are one of these, and have been in style for centuries. You will find them in every home, as their features are multiple and varied, and suit any kind of home. The popularity of Venetian blinds can be attributed to several factors, their amazing good looks and textured appearance withstanding. However, these blinds are often the most prone to damage and destruction, and they may pose several problems if they are not properly customized according to size. In this section, we identify the problems associated with Venetian blinds that are longer than the window and the steps that you can follow to shorten them. This is a fairly simple procedure, and when you have the right-sized blinds, there will be several benefits that you can avail.
What Are Venetian Blinds?
A classic design choice for your home, Venetian blinds contain horizontal slats made from different materials. These materials can be wood, aluminum or plastic, constructed on top of one another, giving a textured appearance that is alluring and functional at the same time. Suspended by cords or wide cloth tapes, these slats can be rotated with ease, up to an angle of 180 degrees to adjust your light control and privacy settings.
The slats can be rotated downward or upward, and between the two extremes, they can be adjusted by a cord or wand. Venetian blinds can also be motorized, where they can be operated by a remote or a Z-Wave enabled cordless setup. This is generally useful in a house with kids and pets where their safety is of utmost importance.
Venetian blinds are also some of the most common, with a range of blinds falling under them. These include aluminum or mini blinds, wooden plantation shutters and composite wood shutters made from wood and a thick coating of PVC. The price ranges are varied, so you can choose one that falls within your budget.
Adjusting Venetian Blinds To The Right Size
Let us not really get into the reasons why you end up getting longer Venetian blinds for your windows. Either the brand you contacted didn’t provide you made-to-measure blinds, or the window dimensions that you provided were incorrect. Now getting them adjusted would incur more costs, and you want to do it yourself. Just follow the below-mentioned procedure, and you are good to go.
1. Get To Know Your Blind’s Setup: Identify every part of the blind, and see where and how the lift cord is operated. You will find it at the center of each slat. The second cord that you need to familiarize yourself with is the ladder cord, which weaves around every slat and goes through the back and front of the blinds. The bottom rail is the last slat of the blinds, which is secured through a couple of plugs.
2. Take Out The Plugs: For this, you might need a screwdriver to take out the plugs, which will release the string ladders. This will, thereby, reveal the knotted lift cord. You then need to untie the knot, take off the bottom rail plugs and keep them aside.
3. Adjust Your Desired New Length: Now is the time to measure the height of the window and mark the new bottom slat. It should reach the windowsill. Take the lift cord out of all the slats that are below the length of the window. All these unnecessary slats would be removed from the blind.
4. Taking Out The Slats: Take out the bottom rail and all the slats falling below the desired height, which you marked in the previous step. At the desired new height, reinsert the bottom rail between the ladder cords.
5. Insert The Lift Cords: Through the holes of the new bottom rail, insert the lift cords, and then slide the bottom rail plugs to tie a knot. You must ensure that the lift cords are even so that the rail hangs straight.
6. Cut The Ladder Cords To Size: Make sure that you cut the ladder cords a couple of rungs down the bottom rail so that there is enough of it hanging to insert into the plug holes of the bottom rail.
7. Adjust The Blinds: Raise or lower the knot in the lift cord to adjust the blinds to the exact length that you want. Refrain from pulling on the lift cord to adjust its length.
8. Put In The Excess Ladder Cord: Replace the plugs by first inserting the excess lift and ladder cords into the holes of these bottom rail plugs. You can use a hammer or a rubber mallet to insert them without any problem.
Advantages Of Made-To-Order Venetian Blinds
There are several reasons why we urge our readers to get custom fit Venetian blinds for their homes. In the absence of the right fit, you may expose your home to several problems. The right sized Venetian blinds have the following advantages.
1. A Sleek and Minimal Appeal: A longer-than-usual blind threatens to disrupt the appearance of your room. All the hard work that you put in making your room beautiful and appealing will go to waste if you have a blind that is hanging loosely at the bottom even as the length of the window is much shorter. A right-sized blind, on the other hand, keeps the window space minimal and classy, merging in well with its surroundings without threatening to overwhelm the room for all the wrong reasons.
2. Functional and Effective: When you have a window treatment that is perfectly fit, it leaves no scope for the hot and cold winds to pass through the bottom or the sides. Besides, it keeps the indoors safe from the prying eyes of the outsiders, who might want to take a good look inside the house and ascertain what goes on.
3. Avoids The Necessity of Cleaning Extra Slats: When you have shades that are longer than usual, they require more cleaning than blinds that are shorter. This might be an unproductive task but something that you cannot avoid. Horizontal slats attract dirt more often than other blinds because of their flat structure. It is a simple task to clean them, but why bother with wiping them when they can be cut to size?
4. Better Quality: It is necessary to get these blinds from brands that offer customization at the onset. Any brand that has a reputation of making made-to-order blinds will also be known for quality, a factor that is of utmost importance in determining quality. Graber, Crown, and Hunter Douglas are a few brands known for customization, which do not compromise on this factor.
Final note: Shortening Venetian blinds is a simple process, which includes taking out the plugs of the bottom slat and determining the ideal height of the blind. You must take out the remaining slats from the cords and insert the loops of fabric through the new bottom slat. This is necessary because it will make your blinds functional and effective, besides keeping the window space minimal and looking good.
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.