A DIY home project is a time for your creativity and style to shine. Making a change to your window treatments? The last thing you need is to deal with a time-consuming issue like removing your blinds. Remove blinds from your window properly by following these steps below.
Removing Horizontal Blinds
Both vertical and horizontal blinds require different steps for proper removal. Inspect your blinds for their valences, handles, and any screws to account for. Use these six easy steps to remove horizontal blinds.
1. Pull the Blinds All the Way to the Top
This will allow you to focus on the important part of your blinds, which includes the upper valence, screws, and more. Keep in mind for any mounting hardware that may have been used to install your blinds in the past.
2. Inspect the Top of Your Blinds for a Valence.
Do you see a valence, a decorative uppermost blind decor? If so, use gentle pressure to detach it from the clip that attaches it to the headrail. Be careful, as they are often brittle. This will expose the face of the blind.
3. Look for Two Clips at Either End of the Blind’s Face
Next, you’ll want to remove these two clips. Use a five-in-one tool or a flat screwdriver to rotate both clips out and up. Keep one hand on the blind, so that it will not fall out.
4. Slide the blind out by carefully moving it toward you.
Carefully slide the blinds and avoid chipping any of your wall’s paint and materials. If you’re worried you may damage the wall, consider using a cloth to cover the surfaces that your blinds may come in contact with.
5. Remove the Handle and Brackets
Take off the handle that opens and closes the blind. Remove the brackets from the window frame as well by unscrewing the screws holding them in place.
Removing Vertical Blinds
Removing vertical blinds is slightly more complicated than removing horizontal blinds. Be sure to follow each step carefully.
1. Inspect and Remove the Decorative Valence.
Most vertical blinds have a decorative valance covering the top rail. To remove it, gently push it upwards until you can see a small gap between it and the vane carriers. Continue to push it upward until it is no longer touching the carrier. Be patient or you may accidentally break some of the vane carriers.
2. Partially Open Your Blinds
Pull the bead chain on the right side of the blind until the vanes are partially open. They should be at an angle and not fully turned to one side.
3. Remove the Vane Carrier.
Find the vane carrier at the top of each vane. The side of the vane carrier that faces out will have a hook-like shape at the bottom. Slide a credit card between the hook shape and the vane.
This will break the grip that the vane carrier has on the vane. Gently slide both the card and the vane downward until both are free from the vane clip. Repeat this process with all the vanes in your blind.
4. Leave the Vain Carriers Attached to the Blind Rail.
If you plan to reattach the blinds again, be sure to store them on a dry, flat surface.
5. Removing the Bead Chain.
You can take off the bead chain by gently pulling it out of the bead rail. Be very careful, as you can easily break the chain.
6. Find and Remove the Brackets
Look at the back of the blind rail to find the brackets that hold it in place. Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the spring clips of each bracket. Slowly and gently, twist the screwdriver until the spring releases.
Keep a firm hold on the blind rail and pull it away from the brackets. If it does not come off easily, check to be sure the bracket springs released properly. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the brackets in place.
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