Hello and welcome to another Tipsy Tuesday! How many of you have blinds on your windows with a few too many slats bunched up at the bottom? Yeah, thought so. Today I’m going to show you how to shorten window blinds that may or may not have looked like this for a couple of years.
You’ll need scissors, a small screw driver, and some tape.
Extend the blind and mark the bottom-most slat that you want to keep.
Use the screwdriver to pop out the buttons on the bottom rail. There are grooves along the sides of the button where the strings come out- this makes a good spot to insert the screwdriver.
You’ll see a knotted string tucked inside the hole. You’ll need to untie the knot. Because I had so many extra slats, and figured (hoped) I had enough extra string, I clipped mine just above the rail. I wouldn’t advise this, though– I had very little extra to play with. Yikes!
Slide the rail and the extra slats off the ladder.
Slide the rail back onto the ladder just below your bottom remaining slat.
You’ll need to feed the center string back through the holes in the rail. To make this easier, wrap a bit of tape around the end of the string, extending it beyond the string and pinching the tape into a point. Once through, tie a double knot in the string.
Trim the excess ladder. To make sure I have enough string, I like to trim just below the next cross piece.
Tuck the strings inside the holes.
Pop the caps back into place.
You’ll probably need to trim your pull cords as well. Ah, much better.
So, now that you know how to shorten window blinds, are you going to give it a try? Or am I the only one who waits 2 years to do these simple projects?