At Direct Blinds, all our blinds are made-to-measure to ensure a perfect fit. However, simple errors in the measuring process can mean that your blind is too long for your window space. Though we hope these mistakes will be few and far between, if you've invested in a blind with slats, you can remove them for a better fit by following this simple guide.
Removing Venetian blind slats
Step one: Decide how many slats to remove
Using the release cord, drop the blinds until they reach the desired length. Count the number of excess slats gathered at the bottom and make a note of how many you want to remove.
Step two: Remove the caps
On the very bottom row of the blinds, you should find a wide base with metal or plastic caps at either end. Pry the caps off with a screwdriver to access the cords that hold the slats in place.
Step three: Remove the slats
Locate the cord end inside the hole. Release the knot, making sure to retain a firm grip on the cord. Carefully working one side at a time, release the slats whilst still keeping a hold on the cord; this will make sure that your slats don’t all slip off in one go.
Step four: Secure the cord
Once you have removed your required amount of slats, retie the knot, pushing the cord back inside the bottom blind. You may need to trim excess cord length neatly with a sharp pair of scissors. When you’re done, push the button plug back into place.
Step five: Secure the other side
Repeat steps three and four for the other side of the blind. Gently pull your blind up and down to ensure that everything is functioning safely and correctly. Congratulations - your blind is now the perfect length!
Removing Vertical Blind Slats
The removal of vertical blind slats is less for corrective purposes, and more if you're looking to give them a good clean.
Step One: Open your blinds
Use the chain on your vertical blinds to rotate them into a fully-opened position. Stand back from your window to assess the overlap, and decide how many vanes you wish to remove.
Step two: Remove the vane
Use a credit card or similarly sturdy piece of plastic, and slide between the vane and the upper plastic clip that holds it in place. Applying light pressure, push the clip open and pull the vane out with a downwards motion.
Step three: Repeat as desired
Repeat step two on your desired number of vanes. If your window is particularly tall, you may wish to stand on a small stool or stepladder to get a good reach. If this is the case, make sure your chosen equipment is properly installed and resting on a steady surface before you step on.