How to Adjust a Tilt Chain on Vertical Blinds

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How to Adjust a Tilt Chain on Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are simple to adjust. (vertical yellow background image by .shock from

Vertical blinds can be a great option for patio doors and tall windows because of their large size. These blinds are available in an assortment of materials including fabric, aluminium, wood, faux wood or vinyl, which make them easy to coordinate with any home decor. If your blinds are becoming difficult to operate, it is possible to adjust the tilt chain on vertical blinds. It just takes a few materials to fix the problem.

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Things you need

  • Flat screwdriver
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Pop off the end cap with a flathead screwdriver from the head rail if the tilt chain is difficult to operate. The head rail is the long metal piece the blind slats are attached to.

  2. 2

    Search for the pulley with the metal rod in the centre, once you have removed the end cap and can see inside the head rail. Lightly tap the end of the rod with the screwdriver to loosen the pulley. Replace the end cap and test the tilt chain. The blinds should be easier to operate now.

  3. 3

    Shorten the tilt cord on the blinds it is too long. This will make it easier to operate.

  4. 4

    Peer inside the head rail and find the vane carrier that has the cord with a knot tied in it. Firmly hold the vane carrier with one hand, while you are pulling out the extra cord with your other hand. Pull the cord until you reach the appropriate length.

  5. 5

    Tie a knot in the cord at the desired length. Tug on the control chain to make sure the blinds will still operate at this cord length. Cut the cord with scissors just beneath the knot.

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