Window treatments come in different sizes, variety, designs, material and fabric. A newer and practical window treatment will always leave you wanting to update the look of your home to make the environment comforting and good looking. Window treatments are also good options for naturally controlling temperature, privacy and sunlight. There is always a chance that a new window treatment in the market can be superior in these aspects. It is natural that these newer additions to the market can make you want to replace your old blinds. What is also natural is the wear and tear your blinds can go through over their life. You can repair and service them as much as you want, but at some point, you will need to replace your old blinds.
So what do I do with my old roller blinds?
Once you have decided that you do not need your old roller blinds, you have some options. You can always dispose them off (though most people advise against it). It is highly recommended that you dispose the roller blinds only when they are beyond the point of being repurposed. Make sure you dispose the roller blinds properly. Inquire about how eco-friendly the material is and whether they need to be taken apart and whether the components have to be disposed off separately. You can also recycle your aluminium blinds by taking them to a recycling centre which has an aluminium recycling bin.
If the overall quality of your blinds is good, but they do not work because of an issue in their internal mechanism, they can be recycled and repurposed to give them another life. You can also contact the seller of your blinds to ask if they recycle old blinds. If they do, you can always give them your old roller blinds. On the other hand, if your blinds still work and you are just looking for newer blinds, you can always give them to someone who needs the old roller blinds more than you do.
How do I reuse my old roller blinds?
There are number of ways in which you can reuse your blinds at home for your own benefit while not having to give your blinds away. All of these ways (explained below) are simple steps that you can follow at home and can do on your own. These simple projects will not only be useful for you in the long run, but it also ensures that you have fun while giving your home décor a refreshing look –
- You can make labels with the blinds. You can use the material from your blinds, which is usually made of wood, plastic, or even metal to make labels for your dustbins, cabinets in kitchens, bookshelves etc. This can be a really creative way of using your blinds.
- Beautifying your mirror – Mirrors are often overlooked as creative pieces of art for your home décor. They are rather viewed as functional components of bathrooms and bedrooms. You can tap in to the potential of enhancing the look of the mirrors by using the slats of your old roller blinds, trimming their edges and using hot glue to attach them to the back of the mirror. You have the luxury of choosing the pattern and the design of your new mirror.
- Making bamboo art – If your old roller blinds are made out of bamboo, you can cut them out and use them as baskets and decorative pieces on your coffee tables. If you don’t want that earthy look, you can always add some paint tape to your bamboo strips and make them look just as good.
- Marking plants – You can use the slats of your old roller blinds to mark where you want to plant the seeds (or where they have been planted already) in the garden. You can also write on the slats to indicate what type of seeds you have used.
How do I donate my old roller blinds?
Once you have decided to donate your blinds, there are a few steps you might want to follow to ensure that your old roller blinds reach the hands of their new owner safe and sound –
- Finding a new owner – You can approach this in two ways. Firstly, you can always look for a donation agency or a charitable organization online, pick the ones you like, and find their nearest location. They will accept other items too, which means that it is the right opportunity for you to clean your home and pick out other items that you do not need. You can give away all these items, including the old roller blinds. The other way, is to simply cut out the middle man (the donation agency) and look for someone who might need the blinds. If you specifically know someone who could use the blinds, you can contact them directly, or store them until you can find someone who might need them.
- Packaging – Once you have figured out how the blinds are going to be donated, you will have to dismantle them and pack them up neatly in a box. Removing them is fairly easy. If, for some reason, you can’t do it, you can always ask for some professional help from whoever is installing your new blinds, to help you take down the old roller blinds. Once the blinds have been taken down, clean them with a dry cloth first, and then some cleaning solution. Now, put these blinds into a box. If the blind needs some servicing, make sure you add a note that specifically says so in the box, or make sure you tell the person if you’re giving it to them directly.
Why is donating, recycling or reusing old blinds important?
If your blinds are reusable in any shape or form, it is somewhat important that you use them in whichever way you can. You can use them in so many different ways which most people would have never thought to be possible without spending too much time, money or effort. It is important to be as environment friendly as possible. Most blinds are made out aluminium and steel, which can be recycled in recycling centres. As for those blinds that cannot be recycled, you can use them for other purposes.
Blinds are used in almost every other home as a window treatment. Finding ways to repurpose blinds can start a trend amongst communities that encourages social responsibility and civic sense. If people see you using your blinds in different ways or helping others out by donating them, they can be inspired to do the same.