The ultimate guide to fixing blinds
Blinds can be agreat option for covering your windows, particularly if privacy, light control, and affordability are your main priorities. However, if something damages your blinds or they stop working correctly, it can compromise your privacy, décor and home aesthetic. Luckily, several window blind problems are easy to fix on your own! Here are some do-it-yourself blind repair tips from the experts at Harrisons Curtains & Blinds.
Cracked or bent window blinds slats
Blind slats may crack or bend if they are repeatedly not opened and closed correctly. If you have sourced your blinds from a good supplier, they should be able to send you a replacement slat. If this is not an option, you could take a slat from the bottom of the blinds and replace the damaged slat with it.
Start by removing your blinds from the wall and laying them flat. To replace blind slats, usually you can use a flathead screwdriver to remove the plugs at the bottom of your blinds that hold the lift strings that each slat is attached to. Untie the knot at the end of each string and unthread them up to the slat you are intending to replace. Take the broken slat from its place and add the new one, then rethread the string, making sure you follow the same course through the slats. Thread the string back through the base, retie the knots and hammer or screw the plugs back in.
How to fix broken cords on window blinds
It is an absolute nightmare to get your blinds to work if any of the pull strings are broken! You can usually replace these cords yourself – your local hardware store may have one, or your blind manufacturer may be able to send you one.
To replace the lift cord, lay your blinds flat on the floor, remove the plugs at the bottom of the blinds and open up the top support brackets. Remove the broken lift cord and either use glue or a heavy duty stapler to fasten the new one place before firmly closing the support brackets. Trim the cord to the correct length and thread it back in, making sure you follow the correct course through the slats. Thread the string back through the base, retie the knots and hammer or screw the plugs back in. Then you can re-hang your blinds.
How to fix jammed blinds
If you are trying to open your blinds and they just won’t budge, it could be a very simple fix. First, make sure your slats are all properly aligned, and rectify if not. If two slats are jammed together, try to gently pry them apart. If you have vertical blinds and the jam is caused by friction in the headrail, you can shoot silicone spray into the headrail to lubricate it. This should help your blinds run smoothly again!
If in doubt, get hold of the team at Harrisons Curtains & Blinds who can talk it through.
Check your warranty
If your blinds are still under warranty, and the issue is not preventable by you, your window blind supplier will replace or fix them for you.
If your blinds are out of warranty, beyond repair or they just seem to keep breaking, it might be time to think about replacing them. If you would like to explore your options for new blinds or window treatments,get in touch with the Harrisons Curtains & Blinds team to book a free at-home consultation.