The No-frills Guide to Repairing Pull Cords and Slats


Blinds are the best alternative to conventional window treatments. It’s more functional and practical compared to curtains and drapes. Ultimately, it provides an easy way to control the amount of light a room receives. It will also translate to more privacy.

At some point in time, the blinds will sustain damages– it could be the pull cord and the slats. When damages happen, it’s important that you do not give it up yet. There is always something you can do. You need to learn about blind repairs before you think about replacing.

Here’s a guide to repairing pull cords and slats:


If you have horizontal blinds, you might see a couple of slats trying to get loose. If this happens, you should consider the following:

  • Step 1: You need to get rid of the plugs located on the bottom rail to reveal the knotted lift cords.
  • Step 2: The next thing to do is to untie the knots and then start pulling the lift cords up through the holes until you reach the one slat you need to remove.
  • Step 3: Get rid of the broken slat in between the ladder string and slide in the new replacement.
  • Step 4: You need to thread the lift cord back through the holes in every slat.
  • Step 5: As soon as you reach the bottom, you should lift the cord to the hole and then tie a knot.
  • Step 6: Lastly, you need to replace the plugs back into the holes on the bottom rail.

Pull cords

When it comes to repairing pull cords of Venetian blinds, you should consider the following:

  • Step 1: You need to detach the cap covering the hole at the bottom rail of the blinds. You can do this by pulling the cord toward you and cutting the knot off the end of the specific cord.
  • Step 2: Then, you must hold the end of the new cord in your hand. Light the new cord and be sure to catch the end of the cord on fire. You should attach the old cord and new cord together.
  • Step 3: To ensure bonding, you need to tug the cords gently. If they are not bonded securely, you have to repeat the lighting procedure.
  • Step 4: Finally, you need to pull on the tassel. It should string right through the window blind. You have to tie a new knot in the blind cord, which is found at the bottom of the rail then replace the cap.

When all else fails, you need to be ready to replace a pull cord. To replace a pull cord, you should consider the following:

  • Step 1: Take the blinds down as per the instructions of the manufacturer. You can do this easily by taking the cover off the header using a flat-head screwdriver then pull the blinds out of the slot.
  • Step 2: The next thing to do is to take out the old cord. You might need to cut it. You should then insert the new cord through the cord lock.
  • Step 3: You need to feed the new cord in every blind slat. Feed it to the bottom rail and then tie a knot that is big enough that it will not come through the hole.
  • Step 4: Replace the pulls, then hang the blinds back.
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