Aesthetics and safety – these are two of the primary functions of window blinds, and cords that are too long affect them both in a big way. The excess dangling length of window blind cords can dampen the style and elegance of your space and, more significantly, can put your loved ones at a risk. They may seem to be just a length of extra string, but long blind cords have frequently proven themselves to be too serious a safety hazard to be ignored or taken lightly. Each year, hundreds of kids and pets around the world end up suffering from injuries both minor and fatal after getting tangled up in the blind cords.
According to research, cords just over 22 centimeters long can become a hazard to a kid or pet. It takes only about 15 seconds for those entrapped to lose consciousness and death can occur in under six minutes. These are startling figures that can keep any parent or pet owner worried about their loved ones’ security every time they’re out of sight. The potential hazards of long blind cords aren’t limited to strangulation. In the event of a fire, long blind cords can aid in its spread, put lives and property at an even greater risk. The reassuring thing is, the issue of excessively long cords can be resolved pretty easily. This article will guide you to shorten blind cords.
It takes just a few simple tools to shorten the cords to the desired length, most, if not all of which you’ll likely find lying around in your home. Here’s all you need – a flat-headed screwdriver, a pair of scissors, tweezers or needle-nose pliers, a small card or piece of hard plastic and some tape.
How to Shorten Blind Cords
To shorten the cord, you must first figure out exactly how much of the length you need to remove in order for the blind to keep operating properly. Cutting them too short will make it hard for you to reach them and hamper their function. To do this, lower the blind all the way down to the window sill and pull on the cord. The ideal length should leave you with just enough visible cord that you can comfortably grab hold of and pull at to operate the blind.
Once you know the length you want, you’ll need to need to expose the headrail so that you can tie the lift cord shorter. Open the louvers by rotating them and then place a plastic card in between the louver and the longer end of its stem. Next step – removing the louver from the stem. You’ll need to push both the plastic card and the louver upwards, towards the top of the stem. Once the louver has been unseated, simultaneously pull down on the louver and the plastic card. Follow the same process to remove all louvers. Carefully place them all down on a flat surface.
Your next task is traversing the carriers so they’re in a stacked position. Start with the carrier that’s closest to the middle of your blind, on the headrail’s control side. Grab hold of the knot using tweezers or needle-nose pliers, then pull at the cord through the carriers. When the traverse cord has shortened to the length you desire, make a double knot in the blind cord. You can ensure that the cord is the right length by pulling on the traverse cord a few times and adjust the length if it seems too short or too long.
If the carriers appear to be traversing properly and you’re certain the cord is the ideal length, use your scissors to cut off the extra cord. Make your cut ¼ inch before your new knot, then pull at the cord so the knot ends up resting snugly against the carrier. Next, check the headrail. If it’s functioning properly, put the louvers back in their positions.
Tips For Ensuring Your Cord Is The Perfect Length
• The cords are at their maximum stretch when the blinds are closed. This is the point where you should measure their full length and estimate the length that needs to be removed.
• Always mark the length that you want to shorten the cord to. A small piece of tape will suffice. Simply paste some tape at about 1 inch lower than the desired height. If your blinds have more than one cords, repeat the act of taping with each of the cords.
• To ensure the blind cords are the exact same length in all the windows, measure the length from the headrail to the taped point and tape-mark all the other cords in the same manner.
• If your window blind cord is composed of several smaller cords linked together, make sure you don’t cut into any of the smaller cords. Only shortening the larger cord will help you reduce the cord’s overall length.
• If you shorten the length of your blind cords while the blinds are still in the ‘open’ position or pulled up, you won’t have enough cord length left to lower your blinds afterward. So, close your window blinds to the windowsill, making sure they are evenly leveled before you proceed to shorten the cord length.
• Make sure you don’t shorten the blind cord too much. The ideal length will allow you to reach it comfortably, without needing to overextend.
• It’s best to keep the cord 1 inch longer than the exact length you desire for it. After you’ve put the louvers back in their positions, use that extra 1-inch length to tie 2-3 knots under each of the louvers.
• Double-check, triple check if you have any doubts. It’s important you’re sure before you make those all significant little snips because you obviously won’t be able to go back.
• When cutting, make sure you only remove the lift cords and don’t cut at the braided ladder cords.
• If your blind cord is still a little longer than you intended and desire, wrap the excess length around a cord cleat. This will keep the end looking neat and away from the reach of kids and pets.
How to Shorten Blind Cords Without Cutting
It’s very much possible to get your window blinds looking impeccable, to render the cords safe and the perfect length for carrying out their intended roles without cutting them. How? By knotting together all the additional length in a secure decorative loop. Those with an artistic flair will love this. Simply measure the ideal cord length in the manner we’ve discussed. You can look up different knotting techniques on the internet and go with the one you find convenient and the best looking. There are plenty of decorative knots you can utilize to shorten the cords all the while lending a lovely little touch to your window blinds!