Information on How to Rethread Wooden-Slat Blinds

Written by pamela gardapee
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If you have wooden blinds that have been removed from the ladder string or you need to take out slats to replace a bad slat, rethreading the blind takes a little time, but is cheaper than purchasing a new blind. You can take slats out, add more slats or replace broken slats while the blind is hanging in the window.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

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  1. 1

    Observe the ladder string. The string must be hanging down straight. If the string is angled, twist the wand to straighten the string so that it resembles an up-and-down ladder. This is the very thin and flimsy string with a middle string holding the two long strings together.

  2. 2

    Analyse the thicker cord hanging along with the string ladder. This is the lift cord that makes the blind go up and down. The string must not be tangled in the string ladder, but hanging freely on the back or front side of the string ladder.

  3. 3

    Insert the wooden slat from the left side to the right side between the first ladder. The slat lies on the middle string holding the two long strings together. Repeat this process until you have all of the slats in the string ladder. All slats must face the same directions. The slightly humped side must be on the top and slightly curved side laying down.

  4. 4

    Place the left lift cord through the holds on each wooden slat in the string ladder. Repeat this step on the right side of the blind, threading the lift cord through each slat.

  5. 5

    Place the bottom rail in the ladder beneath the last wooden slat in the ladder. Run the lift cord on the left and right sides through the bottom rail so the cord comes out the hole on the bottom of the rail. Use tweezers to pull the cord from the bottom hole if it gets stuck.

  6. 6

    Tie a knot in each lift cord. The bottom rail must be level after the knot is tied. Adjust as necessary so the knot is tight on the bottom rail and level. Cut the lift cord so that there is only a 1/2-inch tail after the knot. If more than two ladders are left on the string ladder underneath the bottom rail, cut the ladder so only two ladder slots are left.

  7. 7

    Push the lift cord knot and the leftover string ladder into the bottom rail hole where the lift cord came through from the top. Place the plastic cap on the hole and snap into place.

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