How to Repair Vertical Blinds

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Head rail

Vertical blinds are commonly found in many homes and offices. They have many functions. They act like shades, blocking bright sun’s rays from going into the office. Vertical blinds are also good decorative materials with many colors to choose from and they can add a streamlined appearance to a room. In many offices, they are also installed to protect the privacy of the occupant inside. That said, vertical blinds get dirty very easily. When a person accidentally steps on them, the whole blinds comes tumbling down. Drawing the blinds frequently also causes the blinds to get jammed or stuck. However, replacing vertical blinds is something that is easy to do.

1. Measure the Vertical Blinds

Before even installing the vertical blinds, the first thing that must be done is to measure the length first. This is a very critical step. Depending on whether the plan is to mount it inside or mount it outside, the measurement will differ. If mounting from the inside, make sure that the depth of the window is long enough for the vanes to work properly. Measure the width at the top of the window. Subtract about 1/8 inch from the measurement. This will give the height of the blinds. If mounting from the outside, measure the width of the window and add 2 inches. This will be the width of the blinds. Measure the height of the window and add about 5 inches. At this length, the window blinds should be long enough to block the sunlight.

2. Installing the Top Screw

When buying the blinds, make sure that they contains all the necessary parts. Using a measuring tape, measure the length from the floor to the top of the window. Add about ¼ inch at the top and mark the spot with a chalk. This is where the top screw is attached.

3. Installing the Brackets

Place the brackets about 4 inches from each railhead end and screw it in. When installing the other brackets, make sure that it is equally space apart. Make sure that the brackets are secure. Attach the head rail into the grooves located at the head of the clip.

4. Test the Vanes

Test the slats to see if they are spaced out evenly. Now turn the vanes 180 degrees so the vanes are facing you. Readjust the clips again if the vanes don’t turn out correctly.

5. Attach Tension Pulley

Attach the tension pulley to the head rail. Push the vertical cord provided through the top of the pulley. Pull the cord and if it installed properly, the tension should be tight.

Additional Tips

  • If the slat gets broken, there is no need to replace the entire blind. Just buy a replacement slat from the same company and just slide it back to the clip. The best thing about it is that this doesn’t require any tools.
  • Sometimes replacing the slat is not needed at all. If you are confident of your sewing skill, repair it with some needle and thread.