How to Shorten a Blind

Shortening your existing blinds is a fabulous way to save money when moving or redecorating. Plus, it’s easier than you think it is. If you already own wood or fauxwood blinds, but they’re too long for your windows, you don’t always have to buy new ones. In this short article, you will learn how to shorten your blinds.

  1. With your blind still hanging closed in your window, remove the plugs located on the bottom rail to release the string ladders and reveal the knotted lift cord.
  2. Undo the knot and remove the bottom rail of your blind.
  3. Now, pull up each lift cord – you’ll probably have two or three - just enough to that you can easily remove the extra slats.
  4. Determine your desired length and then remove the bottom rail along with the number of slats to be removed to shorten the length of your blind.
  5. Insert the bottom rail into the last ladder rung directly below the last slat.
  6. Thread the lift cords back through the holes in the bottom rail.
  7. Next, rest the bottom rail on the window sill, and rotate your slats horizontally to open the blind.
  8. To leave enough room to tie the bottom rail back on, cut the string ladder connecter just below the rung that hangs below the bottom rail.
  9. Next, slide the ladder plug back onto the lift cord and secure with a knot at the end of each cord.
  10. Don’t worry about the excess cord. Raise your blind and the extra slack will be alleviated.
  11. Tie the extra ladder cords together in a knot, and stuff them into the holes in the bottom rail. Replace the plugs. If the plugs don’t fit, trim the strong down a bit.
  12. Finish by testing your blind to make sure the plugs and strings are secure.
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