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How to Straighten Your Crooked Window Blinds

How To Straighten Your Crooked Window Blinds

Like all things that are used regularly, you’ll encounter some occasional hiccups in the operation of your blinds. A crooked blind is one of the most common problems encountered by users. Any operational problem in blinds can cause a lot of disruption and plain annoyance in your otherwise pristine routine. Not only do crooked blinds let in more light, heat, and create unwanted privacy issues, they also look pretty bad and ruin the aesthetics of the room entirely. In fact, any operational issue that prevents the blind from opening or closing properly defeats the whole purpose of having a blind. That’s the bad news. Now for the Good News! The good news is that most operational issues can be solved with a bit of DIY. So, just rouse the DIY genius in you and take out that toolbox. We are going to fix your blind today!

Crooked Blinds with Cords

A common problem you will encounter with blinds is that when you pull them up, one side opens, while the other remains stuck. It can just be a few slats stuck together due to humidity or heat. There are some easy ways to solve this.

Step 1: Raise the cord up till you reach the headrail, so that the cord lock is disengaged.

Step 2: At this point, the blind should disentangle and come down evenly.

Is this a problem with the Tilt?

If you pull the cord or twist the wand to tilt the slats and the slats don’t tilt, that means the gear mechanism inside the top rail is not working and needs replacement.

Detached String Ladder:

If the slats on the top of the blind are hanging crooked then maybe the string ladder and cloth tape have become detached from the drum attached to the headrail. The drum could also be damaged or detached from the headrail.

Drums and cradles are used to rotate the string ladder that is used to open and close the slats. The cradle holds the drum, while the drum holds the string ladder. Drum and cradles is a common feature of Venetian, Mini Blinds, Faux Wood, and Wooden blinds.

It is easy to reattach them. Just replace the Drum or the Cradles, where the drum sits. You will need a replacement Drum exactly in the same dimensions that would fit the hole in the headrail. The same goes for the cradle.

Get together the things you will need.

  • Tape measure
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Tape
  • Drum
  • Cradle
  • Wire Restring Tool

Step 1: Remove the blind from the window.

Step 2: Use the tape measure to make sure the replacement drum and cradle are an exact fit. You can also order new ones from the manufacturer.

Step 3: Remove end stiffeners. Then remove the string-ladder and tilt-rod. Keep the end stiffener and string-ladder aside for later.

Step 4: Remove the drums from the cradles.

Step 5: You will see that the lift string has tassels and safety washers attached to it. Remove them and keep them aside.

Step 6: Pull the lift string out of the cord lock and the cradles. Finally, pull it out of the headrail. Now the slats should be completely detached from the headrail.

Step 7: Remove the old one and put in the new cradles.

Step 8: It’s time to get the lift string back in the headrail. Pass it through the cradle and up the headrail. To pull the cord through the cord lock, use the restring tool.

Step 9: Now it’s time to put the ladder string back. Use the nose-plier and pull the string ladder back into the headrail through the cradle.

Step 10: Tape the string ladder to the headrail.

Step 11: Slide the tilt rod through the new drums.

Step 12: Snap the drum into the newly installed cradles and fix the rod into the tilt mechanism.

Step 13: Attach the ladder string to the drum. Pull the metal tab of the drum and insert the string into the hole. Now push the tab back on. Reconnect the safety washers, end caps, and tassels.

Step 15: Mount your blind back.

Step 16: Step back and admire your handiwork. You have done it! The blind is not crooked anymore.

Crooked Blinds without Cords

For cordless blinds the process is a bit different. Let’s try the easy method first. Keep your fingers crossed. It might just work!

Pull the blind down by holding the mid-section of the bottom rail. Be gentle. By doing this, you will activate the recoil mechanism. If you do it for a couple of times, the internal ribbons might straighten out and correct the problem. It is important not to pull them very hard, or beyond the point it is willing to stretch. A pull too hard can break the blind, so be careful.

It is expected that at this point the blind will correct itself. If that does not happen, try out the following steps.

Step 1: Take the blind down. The problem will definitely be in the internal lifting mechanism.

Step 2: The internal mechanism will have a motor spring and various friction clips.

Step 3: If you see any of the clips are damaged, you have found your problem. Just get some replacement clips from your manufacturer.

Step 4: If none of them are look broken, take off one clip at a time and see if that makes a difference in the operation of the blind.

Step 5: When you find the culprit, replace it. Your blind should work now.

Replacing broken strings is a solution for a whole lot of problems like blinds not lifting, when one string is tangled, slats coming down unevenly, and so on.

If none of the above work, it might be something else. As with all mechanical devices, a number of things can go wrong, with no easy solution in sight. This is the time when you might think of consulting a professional. You might also consider giving the customer care of your manufacturer a call. All the best!

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by 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.

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