Corded blinds have been part of the window treatment market for very long. Pulling the cords up and down allowed the blinds and shades to open and close. This remained a common feature of homes across the globe for decades. The cords tend to give a cluttered appearance to the windows but it was the way they were designed. The biggest problem posed by corded blinds, more than aesthetics was the threat to toddlers and pets. The cords often pooled on the floors and have been the cause of strangulation among children and pets across the world.
With changes in technology in evolution in window treatment designing and manufacturing, corded blinds slowly started losing their popularity. This was due to the emergence of cordless blinds. As the name suggests, these blinds were marked by the absence of cords. Cordless blinds became a huge hit because of their safety standards and also because of the streamlined and neat appearance they offered the windows. No more tugging away at cords. Child and pet safe, these blinds were an instant hit among homeowners.
Blinds, irrespective of whether they are corded, cordless or even motorized suffer from occasional operational hiccups. They may refuse to go up, refuse to come down, suffer wear and tear and even broken slats. These are the usual complications that are encountered by every house owner. Despite best efforts on your part window blinds and shades can and will become damaged due to high traffic or years of use. There is no need to panic or replace the blinds as this would mean throwing your investment away. You can learn to fix some of the more common cordless blinds at home with some DIY tips.
Cordless Roller Blinds
Cordless roller blinds are among the most commonly used blinds in homes and in commercial spaces today because of their versatility, sleek and minimalist appearance. One of the most common problems suffered by cordless roller blinds is the spring mechanism losing their tension. The tension is what helps the blinds to move up. There is a coiled spring inside the blind and when it is pulled down the tension on the spring increases. The tension is maintained by a ratchet and a pin.
To tighten the spring tension in the shade you could do the following:
You need to insert the in-spring end of the shade into a bracket while leaving the other end of the blind off the bracket. This will enable you to spin the blind.
Now rotate the shade several times while inserting the spring inside the bracket. This spinning or rotating motion will help to re-tension your blind.
Place the side of the blind that was off the bracket into the bracket. You will find that the tension has been adjusted and the blind is moving up once again.
If even after adjusting the tension on the roller blinds, the blinds refuse to go up, it is time to replace the spring.
Cordless Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are another very commonly selected window treatment for your homes. After repeated use, you may find that they go up halfway and then they refuse to move up. To get them working:
Pull the blind down as far as possible and then lift it out from the wall at an angle of 45 degrees.
Maintaining the 45 degrees angle give the blind a tug gently yet quickly two or three times. Do not be too rough as it could break the cords inside the shade.
Raise the blind up and you will find the shade moves up the way it should without any hiccups.
Repeat the steps till the tension is just enough for the blinds to start operating correctly again.
Cordless Roman Blinds
Roman blinds are an elegant and classic choice of window treatment for your homes. They too encounter problems once in a while and refuse to move up. Like cellular shade:
Pull the blind down and hold it away from the wall at a 45-degree angle. Give a gentle yet firm tug and then push it up. Repeat it a few times which will help to restart the motor.
Your blinds will start moving up.
Few simple steps and tips will help to get your cordless blinds moving up and running again. These are minor problems that require neither replacement nor professional intervention. However, you must be gentle with your blinds otherwise you may end up causing irreparable damage.