How to Shorten Venetian Blinds
If you opt for made-to-measure blinds, one of the key benefits is that you won’t need to make any post-fit adjustments. However, if you’ve plumped for a ready made set, only to find out post-fit that they’re too long for the window, then you might need to do some tinkering.
If you fall into the latter camp, then this article is for you: a step-by-step guide to shortening Venetian blinds.
Why shorten your blinds?
If you’re reading this article, you might have already realised that you can make sure your blinds don’t overhang the window by simply pulling them tight. While this a serviceable short-term solution, it’s undesirable for two key reasons: a) the bunching of slats at the bottom of your window isn’t an attractive look, and b) the bunching could cause the slats to get caught and damaged during extension.
With this in mind, we would recommend shortening your blinds. Here’s how you can do just that:
Before you do anything, start by working out just how many slats you want to remove. If possible, extend your blinds fully past the window and count the surplus slats. Bear in mind that you want your blinds to sit a quarter-inch above the window sill, so you might need to remove an extra slat.
When you’re ready to begin the process, start by removing the buttons/plugs underneath the bottom rail of the blinds using a screwdriver. Once you’ve done this, put them safely to one side.
With the plugs removed, you should see exposed knots underneath the bottom rail. Untie these and proceed to step 3. (Bear in mind that these knots can be a little fiddly.)
Pull up the lift cords and start de-threading all of the necessary slats.
Once all of the necessary slats have been removed, you can finally retie the knot on the cord, making sure that all the slats are attached evenly and the entirety of the bottom level is completely level. Don’t forget to replace the plugs on the bottom rail, ensuring that everything is securely in place.
At this point, you should be left with excess ladder cord. To remedy this, identify the last step in the ladder, where the last slat is sitting, and cut below this last step. Make sure to use a sharp pair of scissors so the cut is as clean as possible.
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