Shortening Faux Window Blinds

Looking for help in shortening faux window blinds? Well in this article I’ll step through the process and give you a few other tips to help you get the job done right. It’s really not that complicated as long as you take your time and don’t rush.

You’ll only need a few tools. They are:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. First you need to figure out how many slats you need to remove to get the blinds to be the right size for the window. To do this, hang the full-length blind in the window and lower it to the point where you want the bottom to be after you shorten it. Count the number of extra slats which are stacked up and subtract one. Write this number down as this is the number of slats you’ll need to remove.
  2. Lower the blind completely and take it down and move it to a good workspace such as the floor or a large table. Take a look at the bottom rail. Inside the bottom rail on the underside you should see plastic plugs. Inside these plugs are the strings and cords which let you raise and lower the blind. Use the flathead screwdriver to pop the plugs off and put them somewhere safe. Some of the cords you’ll see inside the plugs are the ladders which the slats of the blind rest on and some are the cords which raise and lower the blind. Cut each of the cords which raise and lower the blinds just above the not. Depending on the size of the plug and the layout of the cords this is where the tweezers may come in handy to help you pull out the correct cord. Once these cords are cut pull off the bottom rail.
  3. Remove the extra slats based on the number you wrote down in step 1. To remove them, pull the cut cords up through the slats to be removed and then slide them out of the ladder cords.
  4. Put the bottom rail back on and pull the cords back through the holds. Slide the rail back up until it’s snug against the new bottom slat. Tie knots in the cords you cut earlier so that the knots support the bottom rail at the new length. Pull all the extra cord and ladders taut and then trim them off. Put the plastic plugs back on.
  5. Hang the blind back up and enjoy the perfect fit!

As you can see, it’s really not that difficult of a job. Just be patient, re-read the directions if necessary and you should have no problem shortening faux window blinds.