How to shorten vertical blinds

Terry Baskeyfield | Posted

Knowing how to shorten vertical blinds will come in handy if you ever want to move your vertical blinds to another, smaller, window or the length isn’t quite right. Shortening vertical blinds can be done quite simply by cutting them with sharp scissors and gluing the pocket back together at your desired length. Keep reading for full details on shortening a vertical blind.

You may think it is not possible, or extremely difficult, to shorten vertical blinds. However, that is not the case. Just like with other types of blinds, such as roller blinds or venetian blinds, vertical blinds can be shortened at home. Whether you purchased a length which does not fit your window as you imagined, or you wish to move vertical blinds you already have to another, shorter, window, you may need to know how to shorten vertical blinds.

You can shorten vertical blinds by following these fairly simple steps.

Step 1: Gather your Tools

To shorten vertical blinds, you will need the following.

  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler
  • Glue Gun 

Step 2: Remove the Vanes

If your vertical blinds are currently installed; you will need to remove the vanes. It may be easier to do this in 2’s or 3’s to avoid clutter. You can remove the vane by separating the clips and releasing the vane. At this point you should also remove the weight which is situated in the bottom of each vane and put this to one side.

Step 3: Cut the Pocket

Now, cut across one side of the pocket from which you have just removed the weight. You should aim to cut in the same place for each vane as you will likely be able to see where it is placed.

Step 4: Measuring

Measure the length of your window to determine how long you need your vane to be. You can use the first vane as a means for measuring the others. You’ll then need to fold the new pocket and measure again to ensure it is still the correct length.

Step 5: Cut the Excess

You may find that your new pocket is too big for the weight to fit snuggly, so check the fold with the weight in. Now cut off the excess blind material. Make sure to measure your pocket so that you can make all the vanes uniform.

Step 6: Glue the Pocket

Now, it is time to re-insert the weight and glue the pocket back using the hot glue gun. Make sure that the glue adheres properly but be careful not to burn your fingers.

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