Blind Repair – Fix My Blinds!

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If your blinds still have plenty of life left and don’t quite need replacing yet you can do most minor blind repairs on your own. But before we get to that, keep it in mind that if your blinds are in need of extensive repair it might be better and much easier to invest in the newer more durable models available today. Repairs requiring several new parts could make it more costly than replacing the blind in some cases. You can get cheap-priced blinds and window shades at Blindsmax, which includes free shipping.

Disclaimer: Make sure your blinds are not under a warranty that could cover the repairs. Obviously we can’t promise you won’t damage your blinds further. You do these self-repairs at your own risk!

Fixing a Broken Slat in Blinds

You will need an extra slat to replace any broken ones. If you do not have an extra slat you can often take one from the bottom of a blind that might have extra slats due to excessive length. Make sure to have your blinds in the open position while working on this repair.

Step 1. Remove the Plugs

  • On the bottom of the blinds should be at least two plugs that cover and hold the lift strings (the thicker center string). You can easily remove the plugs using a flathead screwdriver.
  • Pull the string through the hole and cut or untie the knot. Make sure you will be able to re-tie or knot the string when you finish your repair.

Step 2. Remove the Lift String

  • Go as far as the highest blind slat you wish to replace.
  • Remove the broken slat pieces.

Step 3. Insert the Replacement Slats

  • You will also move the base of the blind up to cover any gaps.

Step 4. Re-Thread the Lift String

  • Make sure the same course is followed through the slats.
  • Follow the pattern of the right to the left.

Step 5. Thread the Base of the Blind

  • Push the string back through the base.
  • Tie off each side at the same length.

Step 6. Put The Plugs Back In

  • Place the plugs over the rungs of the other string to secure in place.
  • You can use a rubber mallet or hammer to secure the plugs.

Here’s a short video showing you the steps.

How to Shorten Blinds (Remove Excess Length)

Are your blinds a little bit too long? Simply follow these instructions for removing the slat/s on the bottom to shorten the length of your horizontal blind easily.

1.      Remove the Plugs

  • On the bottom of the blinds should be at least two plugs that cover and hold the lift strings (the thicker center string). You can easily remove the plugs using a flathead screwdriver.
  • Pull the string through the hole and cut or untie the knot. Make sure you will be able to re-tie or knot the string when you finish your repair.

2.      Release the Slats

  • Remove the bottom rail and the number of slats you wish to remove.

3.      Replace The Bottom Rail

  • Place the bottom rail in the previous location of the last slat your removed.

4.      Adjust The String

  • Cut the string ladder above the rung that hangs below the bottom blind rail.
  • Make sure that you have enough ladder string hanging below the rail to insert the strings back into the holes on the bottom rail.

5.      Thread the Base of the Blind

  • Push the string back through the base.
  • Tie off each side at the same length.

6.      Put The Plugs Back In

  • Place the plugs over the rungs of the other string to secure in place.
  • You can use a rubber mallet or hammer to secure the plugs.

Here’s a short video showing you the steps

 How to Replace a Blind Tilter

Sometimes due to handling issues during shipping or unexpected drops during installation, a tilt mechanism may become damaged and cease to function. To fix this see the potential solutions listed below.

Remove the Blind From the Window

  • Look at the metal head rail at the top of your blind and locate the metal rod that runs the length of it.

2.      Identify the Tilt Mechanism Housing

  • You should see a space where you can push the end of the tilt rod back into the mechanism housing if it is dislodged.
  • If this is not the issue you will need a replacement.

3.      Remove End Caps & Metal End Stiffener

  • The end stiffener should be right at the edge of the headrail.

4.      Replace the Tilting Mechanism

  • Pull or snap-out the old tilt mechanism out and replace it with the new one.
  • Make sure to slide the tilt rod back into the new tilt mechanism.

5.      Replace the End Stiffener & End Cap

  • Make sure to replace the end stiffener and end caps (if any).

Here’s a short video showing you the steps.

If these repairs fail to work, feel free to browse our selection of brand new blinds and window shades custom made just for your windows! We also carry skylight and odd shaped windows by request.

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3 Comments

  1. 1

    I am impressed with how well-written your article is and how much information you included for blind repair options. It just shows that there are companies out there with a passion for their products and customers.

  2. 2

    Hey just wanted to say thank you for the great tutorial i was able to fix my blinds with your help. I bookmarked your site for later.

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