How Do I Replace A Broken Horizontal Window Blind?
It can be a real challenge to find a replacement for a broken window blind. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s even more difficult. Here are a few pointers on how to go about getting new horizontal blinds and replacing the old ones with them.
Step 1: Finding the Exact Blind That You Need
Before going out to look for your replacement horizontal blinds, make sure that you have all of the exact measurements that will ensure that the new blinds fit perfectly into place. The length and width of both horizontal slats as well as the distance from each slat should all be on your list of measurements so there aren’t any problems when ordering your replacements. Also take note of the type of cord and components used to raise and lower the blinds, so you can get a perfect match.
Step 2: Measure The Window Before Ordering
Once you have your measurements in hand, it’s time to order replacement horizontal blinds. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering from an online window treatment company or from a local supplier; double check that your measurements are accurate before placing the order because returns take up time and shipping costs money. Another point to keep in mind is the color of matching the blinds to the other colors in your home décor.
Step 3: Prepare The Window Frame For Installation
Since you’re replacing a horizontal blind that has already been installed, chances are good that there are still hooks attached to the window frame. If this is the case, get rid of them by using a screwdriver to loosen each set screw. You can also use an electric drill for this task if it’s more convenient. Once you have all of the pre-existing mounting hardware removed from the window frame, attach new mounting brackets right where they used to be before.
Step 4: Install New Mounting Hardware
Using a level to make sure everything is straight, hang the mounting brackets on the window frame where they used to be. Once you’re sure that everything is situated just right, use an electric drill to screw each of the brackets into place, being careful not to over-tighten any of them. By using new hardware instead of continuing to use old hardware that’s weakened by wear and tear, damage during installation will be reduced significantly.
Step 5: Attach New Blinds & Adjust Them
Place your new horizontal blind slats back over the mounting brackets you just attached to the window frame. After sliding each slat into place, tilt it away from you so that it can drop down onto the bracket beneath it. It may take a few tries to do this without something falling or getting bent, so be patient. Once you’ve gotten all of your slats in place, use the same level from step 4 to check that everything is straight, and even before tightening each set screw from each slat to secure it into place.