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How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

You may remember how during the Guest Room makeover, Beloved moved the vertical blind to the kitchen.

You'll also no doubt recall how, although we knew the two windows were the same width, we didn't think to measure the length... and ended up with a blind that overhung the sill.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Whooops!

Rather than buying a new blind, I felt sure I could shorten the one we had. Now there's probably some really nifty tool out there that'll do the job wonderfully well and in double quick time.

But I don't have one.

So I had to improvise.

(That'll make a nice change, then!)

This is what I did...

Supplies:

Sharp scissors
Tape measure
Pencil
Ruler
Hot Glue Gun

  1. Remove each slat from the headrail
  2. Remove the weight
  3. Find the back of the slat
  4. Cut across one side of the pocket, to create one length
  5. Measure the length and mark where the bottom will now be
  6. Fold and measure the length again, to be sure it's correct
  7. Cut off the excess.
  8. Re-insert the weight
  9. Glue the pocket closed
  10. Re-hang the slat


Hello perfectly fitting blind!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With 16 slats and no instructions, this project took me about an hour and a half to complete but once I got going, it was actually quite easy. You just have to be methodical.

Methodical, she says...

I can hear Beloved belly laughing from here!

Step 1 - Remove the slats from the headrail by unclipping the hanger and chain. Rather than remove them all, I worked on a few slats at a time. This helped to keep the chain in position.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Left - the original length. Right - a shortened slat

Step 2 - Remove the weight from the pocket.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The weight in its pocket

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The weight

Step 3 - You should be able to determine which is the front and back of the slat from the way the joint is glued. It's not strictly necessary to work on the back, I just found it helped to ensure I was working on the same side for every slat.

See? Methodical!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Step 4 - Cut across one side of the pocket. It helps to cut close to the join and to cut roughly in the same place for each slat. You're likely to see the join when the light shines through the window, so the more uniform you can keep it, the better your finished blind will look!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Step 5 - Measure the length. I used the first slat as my guinea pig, marking it in situ against the sill where I wanted it to hang. I then used that as a template for the length measurement.

Top Tip: Make sure your tape measure stays put, but sticking it down with gaffer tape. Sorted!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Step 6 - Once you've folded your new pocket, measure the length again before you move on. You know what they say: "measure twice, cut once"!

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Do not look at my horrendous nails. I said do NOT… oh for goodness sake!
Look. I may have become quite at home with the word "pretty",
but I still have a long way to go before I'm a girlie, girl!

Step 7 - When I re-folded the slat, the new pocket was a bit big. I didn't want the weight falling out, so I cut off the excess to make the pocket fit the weight a little more snugly, just as it did originally.

I did this by measuring with a ruler from the (new) bottom to where I wanted to cut. I did this for each slat, so that the join was pretty much in the same place on every one.

Remember, your handiwork will be clearly visible when light shines through the blind, so it pays to take a little extra care in lining up the join as much as possible.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Measure from the bottom of the slat to where you want your join to be

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Cut

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Discard the excess

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Light + blind = everything on show.
By measuring where to remove the excess, I was able to ensure
the joins were pretty much level across the blind. 

Step 8 - Glue the new pocket. I re-inserted the weight before gluing, as it helped me to ensure the pocket was both aligned and big enough to accommodate the weight.

How to shorten a vertical blind in 10 easy steps by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Step 9 - When gluing, it helps to press firmly to ensure the glue adheres. Be careful not to burn your fingers!

Now that I've got the hang of removing and re-hanging those slats, I think I'm going to give the lounge blinds a bath to freshen them up a bit. But that's for another day.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think

A hui hou,

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Comments

  • Guest
    Charlotte Monday, 08 September 2014

    I've always wondered how to shorten a blind. :-) x

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Monday, 08 September 2014

    I figured it was worth giving it a go. I think it turned out OK

  • Guest
    moo Tuesday, 09 September 2014

    methodical and you
    ..... nah just doesn't sit right.

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Tuesday, 09 September 2014

    Ha ha ha! :p

  • Guest
    Claire Thursday, 12 March 2015

    Hi, can you help me please... the slats at the top of my blinds have started breaking, due to being in the sun for years. I have bought new slats and tried to glue one in but the stiff blind fabric wouldn't stick - can you tell me which glue you used, or suggest one that I can buy that isn't too expensive? Aswell as sticking the fabric I need one that will not cause stains to seep through the fabric please? I have got 3 separate windows to do as my husband and I are going to go crazy if another one falls down!
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Claire

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 12 March 2015

    Hi Claire. I used a hot glue gun and the stiff fabric has held up really well.
    You can pick up a glue gun at most craft stores. Hobbycraft sells them for £5, plus the glue sticks - http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/advancedsearchresults.aspx?query=hot-glue-gun
    Hope that helps. Good luck!

  • Guest
    peter Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    thanks you very much for the help i was going to try and sticth them but glue gun was lot quicker thansk again

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Saturday, 23 May 2015

    Wonderful news, Peter! Glad to be of assistance :-)

  • Guest
    Ellie W Friday, 31 July 2015

    I'm doing this in reverse as bottom has become soiled from running along the sill so hopefully will be o.k and stitching NOT using glue as it leaves an unsightly staining fingers crossed

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Sunday, 02 August 2015

    Hey Ellie. Good luck with your blinds. Do come back and let us know how you got on. The glue I used has been absolutely fine. It's been almost a year now and no staining. You can't see the glue at all and my blinds are still going strong :-)

  • Guest
    Mooney.philomena@yahoo.ie Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Whate is the name of the glue.

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Saturday, 12 September 2015

    Hi Philomena. All the details are in my reply above, to Claire. Hope that helps! Sue

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