What Are Venetian Blinds?
When it comes to dressing up your windows, Venetian Blinds are a classic choice. They are stylish, aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, and most importantly extremely versatile and functional. They offer fantastic light control and privacy for your homes. They are available in a variety of materials like metal (aluminum), vinyl, fabric, and wood. Fabric and wood blinds are gorgeous and stunning as ever while vinyl and aluminum blinds apart from adding style to the room are perfect for areas in the house that experience high humidity like bathrooms and kitchens. These blinds come in different slat sizes ranging from ½” inch to 2” inch.
Common Problems Faced by Venetian Blinds & Probable Solutions
While blinds make a great addition to our homes, they can have bad days too. Over a period of time, wear and tear happen to cause the Venetian mini blinds to encounter functional issues and that is normal. We have identified a number of problems commonly faced by users of Venetian Blinds and provided solutions below.
Sometimes a slat or too might get broken or warped. A broken slat does not mean the replacement of the entire blind. Replacing slats are all that is needed to get your blinds functional again. Most manufacturers include an additional slat at the bottom of the blind as a replacement slat. Follow the steps given below to fix your blind with ease:
• Detach your blinds and lay them flat on a surface.
• Find the cord caps located on the underside of the bottom-most slat and expose the ends of the cords.
• Unthread the lift cords that run through the holes in every slat till you reach the slat that is broken. Take out the broken slat, slide in the new one, rethread the cord and place the cord caps back.
• Put the blind back on the windows.
Slats Hanging Crookedly
Sometimes you will find that one side of the Venetian Blind has gotten lower than the other side. This is an indication that something inside has worn out or broken. You could find out for yourself what is wrong with the blind. However, if you are not confident we recommend that you consult a professional right away.
• Remove your blind from your window.
• Place it on a flat surface and then look inside the headrail.
• Confirm that the string ladders have not worn out or become disconnected from the drums.
• Ensure that the drum is set correctly inside the cradle.
• If you find any loose ends tighten them.
• A broken string ladder or drum will have to be replaced.
Blinds are Stuck
Sometimes we find the blinds stuck refusing to close or open. This happens if the lift cord gets frayed or broken. You have to get a new lift cord and restring the blinds.
• Detach the blinds from the windows and lay them out on a flat surface.
• Remove the cord caps from the underside of the bottom slat.
• Take a lighter and carefully fuse the ends of the new replacement cord and old cord together.
• Pulling the lift cords thread the new string through the entire system. This will help to replace the old cords.
• Now cut the old cord from the point where you fused the old and new cord. Tie knots at the end of the cords. Reattach the cord caps.
Blinds Refuse to Stay Open
Sometimes you find that the blinds refuse to remain open and this is attributed to problems with the cord lock mechanism.
• Remove the blinds from the window, lay them out flat and look inside the headrail.
• Check if the cord lock is jammed. If it is jammed take a flathead screwdriver and push it into the lock to free it.
• A frayed or pinched cord can also give rise to similar issues. Follow the steps we have discussed above.
• The cord lock could also be broken in which case it will have to be replaced.
Slats Refuse to Tilt
If the slats of your blinds cannot be tilted it could be because the cords are either tangled or tilter mechanism is broken. Look into the hear rail and if you find the cords caught up you need to untangle them.
If the cords are not tangled, you will require a new tilter mechanism. Replace the old mechanism with the new one and place the blinds back to the windows.
Most times these issues can be resolved at home without the need for professional intervention. However, if you are in doubt, not very sure we insist that you reach out to them. it is better to be cautious of them causing irreparable damage to your blinds.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.