How to Replace Damaged Blinds Slats: Part 2

How to Replace Damaged Blinds Slats: Part 2

In Part 1, we covered the process to remove damaged blinds slats. Now we need to cover the steps to replace damaged blinds slats. This process, more or less, is everything from part 1, but in reverse. 

Acquire New Slats

In order to replace damaged blinds slats, you’ll need to get replacement slats from whatever company you bought them from. If you bought your blinds from Domir Blinds, give us a call and we can work out what replacement slats to send you.

If you have some generic aluminum blinds, your blinds may actually be long enough that there are many extra slats near the bottom. Do your blinds have a remaining stack of slats that rest on the window sill when the blinds are fully extended? If so, you can just take some from the very bottom of the stack. These won’t be missed if they’re not in the usable range of the blinds.

Place the New Blinds Slats

First, replace the blinds slats with the new ones. Just slide them in the same way you pulled the others out. Be sure they’re the right direction and match the rest of your slats. 

Trim the New Blinds Slats

If you got replacements sent to you, they may be longer than the rest of your blinds slats. Often, when blinds are installed in a new home, the ends of the blinds are cut shorter so that they fit properly into the window frame. If your new slats are too long, you may need to trim them. There are two ways to do this.

If you only have a few slats to replace, it’s easiest to just do this by hand with an old pair of scissors. You can either place the slats in the cord network and then trim them by sight, or you can put them into an occupied part of the cord network and mark them with the help of an existing slat. Use pencil if you do this, so that leftover markings can be easily erased.

If you have more than a few slats to replace, we recommend you mark one of your new slats as described above, then use a saw. By stacking your new slats with the marked slat on top and clamping them together, you make it easy to cut the whole stack with a table saw. This is how blinds are trimmed professionally. When you’ve finished trimming them, put them each into their new home in the cord network.

Rethread the Lift Cord

When your new slats are in place, you’ll need to rethread all of the lift cords. Put them through the hole in each slat and then the rail at the bottom. If you have a hard time controlling the end of the cord, try wrapping a piece of paper around the end. This will act as a makeshift needle to thread it with.

Retie the Lift Cord

When you’ve threaded each cord all the way through the bottom rail, you can retie them. Create a knot at the end of each lift cord. Be sure to check that everything is hanging evenly. If you tie one knot further up than the others, your blinds may hang slightly crooked. Adjust them as needed until the blinds hang straight.

Replug the Cord Knot

And, finally, put your knot plugs back in to keep the knots from fraying or coming loose.

How to Remove Damaged Blinds Slats: Part 1

How to Remove Damaged Blinds Slats: Part 1

Everyone ends up with damaged blinds slats at one point or another. Whether you’ve got some curious children trying to see outside, or a large dog attempting the same, slats get damaged. This is especially true of the standard aluminum slats most homes have covering their windows. The good news is, replacing them is easy. Here’s how you can remove damaged blinds slats.

The first step to replacing damaged blinds slats is removing the damaged blinds slats. Just looking at the series of strings connecting everything, it seems very complicated. However, it’s much easier than you might think. There’s actually only one string you need to mess with, and it won’t make the entire set of blinds fall apart.

Unplug the Lift Cord Knot

The first thing you need to do is open up your blinds so they’re covering the window. Therefore, let them down all the way to the window sill. Make the slats open to their horizontal position by twisting the exposure pole or pulling the exposure cord. With the slats open completely, they’ll be easier to access.

At the bottom of the binds is the rail where all of the strings are connected. On the underside of that rail, there will be a little plastic plug. Remove that to reveal the knot to the lift cord. The lift cord is the cord that runs up the middle of the slats to keep them in place.

Untie the Lift Cord

Untying the knot that was hidden by the plastic plug is the next step. You’ll need to do this for each lift cord present. If you have a wide set of blinds, there may be 3 or 4 of these. If you have a hard time untying the small knots, try using a pair of tweezers to pull the tight strings away from each other.

Unthread the Lift Cord

After unknotting your lift cords, unthreading them is next. Starting at the uppermost damaged slat, grip the lift cord where it threads through the hole in the middle and pull up. This will unthread it from all of the slats below as well. Pull it out through the damaged slat and let it hang over the side. Then, continue to do this for each lift cord.

The slats are resting on some horizontal cords that are used to control the angle they sit at. Therefore, each slat will remain mostly in place. Just try not to bump them too much. Otherwise, knocking them out of alignment will make them more trouble to rethread.

Remove the Damaged Blinds Slats

All that’s left now of the first half is to slide the damaged slats out of the cord network. You can easily pull them out from the side.

Removing your damaged blinds slats is only the first half, though. Check out Part 2 to see how to replace them.

Custom Colored Blinds for Playful Home Interiors

Custom Colored Blinds for Playful Home Interiors

While most of our blinds are shown in neutral, popular tones, there’s so much more than that available to you. If you like a burst of color in your home, Domir Blinds has exactly what you need. Here are some custom colored blinds options you can implement in your home when ordering from us.

Accent Color Roller Shades

Roller shades aren’t the most popular blinds choice, particularly because most people aren’t interested in plain white shades. But, did you know you can order roller shades in a number of colors and patterns? A plain sheet of white covering your window may be bland and unappealing. However, imagine them in a bright accent color that ties your whole interior design together.

One of our favorite, bold interior design styles is contrasting your blinds color with your paint color. Imagine a deep blue wall with a creamy orange shade. Bring some light to your teen’s black walls by installing a bright green or yellow shade. Matching bright with dark has been a favorite since the beginning of time. Reinvent this trend with your own tastes in mind.

Custom Design Print-On Blinds

Print-on blinds are most commonly used in shop windows. They’re great for printing on store names, logos, or even sale advertisements. However, print-on blinds aren’t commercial exclusive. You can buy these for your own home as well. Any design you can create, commission, or find for free use can be put onto these blinds and used as decoration.

Print-on blinds with colorful designs or illustrations are perfect for nurseries or kids’ rooms. There’s no reason for the creativity to end when you reach the window. Say goodbye to plain, white slats and say hello to a themed shade with your child’s favorite animals printed onto it.

Complimentary Blinds

Shades aren’t the only blinds that come in color. One of our buyers’ favorite designs, the Ninet, also comes in more than just tan. Compliment your home interior aesthetic with a suitable design in a color that matches. If you’ve got a lot of red tones in your living room, cover your window with a deep red or brown set of Ninet blinds. Compliment tans and whites with a pale, earthy green. Change your window from a gaping hole in your design to a leading part.

Pair with Curtains

Often, the reason why people don’t go for colored blinds – aside from not knowing they can – is the desire to use curtains. However, there are more ways to pair blinds with curtains than getting your curtains in color over a backdrop of white.

Experimenting with color combinations can lead to some great discoveries. But, if you want to keep things simple, you can also change things up in more subtle ways. If you’ve got dark blue curtains, try light grey or pale blue blinds. If you’ve got dark, colored walls, try black blinds and curtains in a lighter shade of your wall color. There are a lot of ways to make blinds part of your decor instead of merely coexisting with it.

The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

The Best Blinds for Nocturnal Sleepers

Being nocturnal isn’t a popular choice, but for many people, it’s a necessary part of working the night shift. Unfortunately, our homes aren’t exactly made to accommodate sleeping during the day. Most people want lots of sunshine coming into their homes. The bigger the windows, the better the house – right? Well, not for all of us. If you need to catch some Z’s during the day, you’ll love to learn more about the best blinds for nocturnal sleepers. Here’s what we’ve got for you at Domir Blinds.

Blackout Roller Shades

The most common way to block out unwanted sunlight is by installing blackout roller shades. These shades are one solid piece of thick fabric. It unrolls from the top by pulling on the bottom. Paired with side channels, blackout roller shades can block out even the midday sun.

You’ve probably seen something similar in use in classrooms. They’re great for large windows and are low fuss. Because they’re one piece, they’re easy to clean and less likely to get damaged like cheap, aluminum slats.

Blinds with Advanced Light Control

If you prefer a little more variety than just all sun or no sun, you might like blinds with advanced light control. Magic Lite is exactly that. These blinds are made with wide, wooden slats that can be adjusted to allow full exposure or to completely block out sunlight. No matter what you need, Magic Lite can give it to you.

Plus, these blinds are extremely attractive and modern. They look good in virtually any interior setting. Their hardiness and sharp lines offer a masculine appearance, which looks great paired with other masculine design elements or complimented with more curved or soft design elements.

Blackout Elegance

Want something a bit more feminine in your interior? Blackout elegance peaks with sheer vertical blinds. These blinds are like high tech curtains that are made for the needs of the modern world. Made with two layers, they offer different levels of light depending on current needs.

The first layer is a sheer, privacy layer. This layer filters sunlight, blocking UV. It also provides privacy by offering one-way views of the outdoors without allowing others to see inside. When you want to close out the light completely, simply pull shut the second layer of fabric. This layer is thick and made to function as blackout curtains. This makes them the best in elegant blinds for nocturnal sleepers. After all, you shouldn’t have to give up on your design sense just because you sleep at odd hours.

Order Domir

If you want the best blackout blinds for nocturnal sleepers, order from Domir blinds. Get blinds in custom colors that fit your interior and quality that won’t leave you disappointed.

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