Blinds & Shades Technical Tips
How To Shorten Horizontal Blinds
Horizontal blinds can be shortened by removing the extra slat(s) from the bottom. Follow these instructions to do it without damaging the blinds:
- First, find the plugs on the underside of the bottomrail or the bottom slat. Removing the plugs will release the string ladders as well as the knotted lift cord.
- With the lift cord released, undo the knot. Then pull up the lift cord just enough to release the bottomrail and the slats you want gone. Be careful not to pull up the lift cord too much, so as not to accidentally release any slats you want to remain on the blind.
- Now you can take off first the bottomrail, then the extra slat(s).
- Double-check that you have removed the right number of slats – that the blinds are now the right length. Re-insert the bottomrail back into the string ladder on the rung where the topmost slat that you removed had been.
- Now you can cut off the extra string, just above the rung that hangs below the bottomrail. CAREFUL: Make sure to leave enough string hanging below the bottomrail to insert back into the holes on the underside of the bottomrail.
- Insert each lift cord into hole in the bottomrail and fasten them in place with a knot. Double check that the bottom rail hangs flat horizontally (you might want to use a level tool to verify this); the lift cords should be even. You might find that you need to readjust the position of the knots for the precise length of the blinds, as well as to ensure that they are level. WARNING: Do not try pulling on the lift cord to adjust the length of your blinds.
- Finally, you can replace the bottomrail plugs in the holes you removed them from in Step One above. You might want to use a rubber mallet to avoid scuffing the plugs.