By now, we all know the benefits that our window blinds entail. They save us money on electricity bills at the end of the month, keep us comfortable day and night, and prevent anyone from getting a good look inside our home. They are the necessities of any home which we cannot do without.
Like many elements of home décor, there are different kinds of blinds that window treatments entail. Curtains and drapes are now passé, and the world is now shifting to contemporary and minimal window shades that might even be better than drapes when it comes to functionality. Horizontal and vinyl shades such as aluminum shades, shutters and cellular shades have become the new norm. They can be easily adjusted, can diffuse the sunlight to create a fabulous glow in the house, and make your house more secure. However, a common problem associated with these horizontal blinds has to do with their slats, which can, at times, break or crack. This, however, is not a cause for worry. In this section, we will tell you the steps that you can follow to replace the broken slats for these blinds. To learn more, read below.
The Procedure of Slat Replacement
All you need is to follow a few steps below to ensure that the job is done without any hassle. Just follow the below-mentioned steps to the T, and you will get a blind that will appear as good as new.
1. From the bottom rail, remove the plugs: they could be circular or square, and they reveal the knotted cords once they are taken out from the rail.
2. You need to then untie the knots and pull the cords up until you reach the slat that needs to be replaced for whatever reason. It could be broken or faded or might have developed cracks or holes that ruin the appearance of the entire window shade.
3. Remove the slat after taking out the ladder strings from it. Then replace it with the new slat by sliding it in and placing it between the ladders which keep the blinds in position.
4. Then you need to put the cord strings between the route holes of the new slat, and in the process, every single slat while working your way to the bottom of the blind.
5. Tie a knot after you have inserted it in the bottom rail. Do not be haphazard or rush the process, for you need to ensure that the window blinds hang evenly and that they are firmly placed.
Few Things To Be Sure Of While Dealing With Horizontal Blinds
The process is simple as long as you know the setup of your shades (which you can easily gauge once you work your way through the blinds). You do not need a professional to help you with it, as long as you keep the following things in mind.
1. Do not force your way through the cords or the slats. This is an important consideration because these are delicate things that need to be handled with a lot of care. Seek help if required.
2. Take good care of your blinds; give them a scrub every now and then to keep them shining and spotless. With horizontal blinds, it becomes a necessity as dust settles on them sooner than you can imagine.
3. Check if the blinds are under warranty – you may be able to get them replaced or repaired by the manufacturer.
Often you realize that the blinds that you get aren’t nearly as perfect as you had imagined. It is, thus, necessary to research the brand that you are purchasing for. Be mindful of the sellers. Some of the best-known names in the online marketplace for blinds are Graber, Hunter Douglas, ZebraBlinds, and Crown.
Final note: Horizontal blinds are a homeowner’s delight, but they also need to be handled with care. In case you have a broken slat, just take it out after taking the cord from the bottom headrail and working your way up to the damaged blind. Replace it with the new one, insert the ladder string and the cord through it and put the brackets back on. It isn’t rocket science, but be mindful of every step that you undertake as they are delicate things.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged 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.