Shortening Horizontal Window Blinds

It's simpler than it looks

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

Disassemble and reassemble blinds

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 safer place.

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver

You'll also need scissors.