How to shorten vertical blinds

Terry Baskeyfield | Updated

Knowing how to shorten vertical blinds will come in handy if you ever want to move your vertical blinds to a smaller window. Shortening vertical blinds can be done quite simply by cutting them with sharp scissors and gluing the pocket back together at your desired length. This guide will give the details in full on how to shorten vertical blinds properly.

Shortening vertical blinds is far from being a tricky endeavour. Just like with other types of blinds, vertical blinds can easily be shortened at home by yourself. 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 a different-size 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 them by separating the clips and releasing the vane. 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. Then 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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