Horizontal blinds that are too long look bad, but also create a serious safety hazard for young children. Fortunately, shortening them is easy—all you need are scissors and a screwdriver.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2002
Pry the plugs out of the bottom rail with a flathead screwdriver.
Set the plugs aside for reuse later. If the pull cords are threaded
through the plugs, cut them off close to the plug. If the pull cords
are knotted inside the bottom rail, cut them above the rail to free it.
Slide the rail out from the ladder cords and set it aside.
the center of the
ladder cords, hold
it away and cut
both ladder cords
about 2 in. longer
than the final
length. Allow the
excess slats to
Slide the bottom rail back between the ladder
cords. String the pull cords through the
bottom rail and knot the ends. Tuck any loose
cord ends into the holes before replacing the plugs.
Horizontal blind slats that
hang below the windowsill
are not only unsightly but also a
strangulation hazard for young
children. Most dangerous are the
pull cords. Shortening the blinds
to the proper height will raise the
pull cords and make your home a
The bottom rail runs through the
ladder cords, and the pull cords are
knotted below the rail on each end.
Photo 1 shows how to disassemble
the cords from the bottom rail. The
pull cords hang between the ladder
cords and lift the blinds up when
you pull them. Pull them out and
cut off the excess blind slats as
shown in Photo 2, then reassemble
the bottom rail (Photo 3). If the pull
cords still hang low when you're
finished, install a cleat to store them
higher, out of kids' reach.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need scissors.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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