How to Shorten Venetian Blinds

What You'll Need
Venetian blinds
Marker pen

Venetian blinds are an excellent window addition. They can look very stylish and can be effective at blocking others from seeing into your home. However, they look best when they’re not bunched at the bottom. If this happens, it means that the venetian blinds are too long for your window. Although many people might not bother to rectify this problem, it’s easy to make the venetian blinds look better by shortening them. It only takes a little time and no special skill.

Step 1 - How Long?

The very first thing to do is to determine how long you want your venetian blinds to be when fully extended. The ideal length is to have the bottom of the blind about ¼ inch above the window sill to avoid any bunching and to fill the window perfectly.

Step 2 - Measuring

Let your venetian blinds fully extend. Make sure they’re even on both sides so the bottom of the blinds is level. Now, use your marker pen to mark all the cords (there should be 2 on each side) at the point you want to use as the new bottom of the blinds.

Step 3 - Accessing the Cords

Life up the bottom of the blind so you can see the underside of it. On each side, you should see small plugs. To remove the bottom of the venetian blinds, you’ll need to remove these plugs. To do this, use a screwdriver to pry them off, making sure you keep them safe as you’ll need them again later. You will need to use a small screwdriver for this operation.

Remove all the plugs. You’ll now be able to see that knots in the cords actually hold them in place. With your scissors, cut the cords above the knots and remove the bottom of the blinds.

Step 4 - Cutting Cords

Keep your scissors out and cut the cords on the venetian blinds at the marks you made earlier. You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you cut right above the slat below the mark you’ve made because it gives you more cord to play with.

Step 5 - Attaching Cords

Now comes the tricky part! You need to thread the cords through the bottom part of the venetian blinds and tie with knots to keep it in place. You will need to be have the bottom of the cords tied as even as possible on both sides of the blind. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve managed this, push the plugs back into place. The best course of action is to complete one side before starting on the other side because you’ll then have a guide for the second side.

Now, pull the blinds all the way up and slowly lower them again, extending them all the way. When fully extended, the bottom of the blind should be level and should be no longer than the windowsill itself. If you’re not satisfied with the length, you can repeat the procedure to shorten the venetian blinds a little more.