What to do if Your Blinds Get Stuck
Most people choose blinds over curtains today, as they are easier and cheaper to maintain. They also offer more flexibility when it comes to their design thanks to the wealth of textures and colours available.
One of the main benefits blinds have to offer is the flexibility to twist the slats so as to maintain your privacy. You can also choose to fully extend and retract them depending on what you require.
However, sometimes things can go wrong – particularly if your blinds are outdated, badly made, or have had particularly heavy usage. A few common problems and how to fix them are as follows.
Slats stop tilting
– Locate the metal rod in the main rail of your blind (called the headrail). Find where the tilt mechanism is housed, then tilt the rod back into the mechanism and the blinds should tilt properly again.
– Also check for any tangles in the strings connecting the slats, as twists or knots will contribute to the problem.
Blinds don’t lower/raise
– Level out the lift cords on either sides as much as possible, and pull the cord lock to release.
– If they still don’t release, locate the small pin inside the cord lock – if it’s damaged or worn out you may need to replace it – or it simply could be a case of pushing the pin back into place with a small screwdriver.
Replacing broken slats
– At the bottom of your blind, remove the end plugs and undo the knot, pulling the cord out through as many slats as necessary to release the slat(s) you are replacing.
– Replace the desired slat; remember to double check you’ve got the right colour and size for your blind!
– Thread the cord back through each slat – if you can’t remember precisely how this works, use the slats above to replicate this pattern.
– When you’ve finished re-threading, make sure to tie a tight knot and replace the plug so your new slats stay securely in place.
Changing the cord
– Remove the plugs underneath your blinds, as you would when replacing a slat and untie the knots in the existing cords.
– Tie the new cord with a single knot to the old cord, or melt them together with a lighter. Next, pull the new cord through the path of the existing strings – a bit like threading a needle.
– When the cord has been restrung, replace the knots and the plugs at the end of the blind.
If you’ve tried repairing your existing blinds, but still find them getting stuck or breaking regularly, it might be time for an update. For the highest quality materials to choose from and the best in craftsmanship, you can rest assured Kingston Blinds will provide an excellent replacement for your outdated window coverings.