How to Close Blinds – Ensuring Your Shades Are Working Properly
If you have never had blinds before, you might be surprised at just how challenging they can be to open and close. It might seem simple, but operating window blinds is often much more confusing than it appears. You may struggle with one side of your cordless blinds moving while the other does not, or you could have trouble with a roller shade that refuses to stay down. And in addition to being annoying, improper opening and closing is one of the most common causes of damage to blinds.
Whether you have recently purchased cordless blinds and are baffled by their operation, you’re trying to figure out the best way to shut your roller shades or you are having any other type of problem with your window treatments, we are here to help! With the tips listed below, you can learn how to close blinds and ensure your shades are working properly.Cordless Blinds Are Easy to Open and Close
Opening and closing your blinds doesn’t have to be difficult, but there is more to the process than twisting cords and yanking on strings. Blinds come in several different styles, and the method for closing and opening them varies depending on many factors. Before we dive into the steps, let’s take a look at a few of some of them.
Like any other type of window treatment, blinds come in a multitude of styles. The most common include roller, cordless, venetian, pleated, Roman and honeycomb. Knowing what type of blinds you have is crucial because each has its own mechanism for closing and opening.
Depending on what type of blinds you have, they may open and close using a rod or have a continuous beaded cord. There are also styles featuring one or two strings to pull. Understanding what operating mechanism your blinds use is a vital step in learning how to close them properly and without causing damage.
Deciding what position you want your blinds in is important when privacy is a concern. For maximum privacy, you will want to close your blinds with the individual slats facing upward.
The way you close your blinds can have a huge impact on your energy bills, so this is an important consideration if you are trying to save some money. For example, you can keep your home cooler in the summer just by closing your blinds with the slats facing up.
Blinds from Factory Direct Blinds always look great and add visual appeal to your home. However, the way you position them impacts their appearance and can make them more eye-catching. If you are going for the best possible aesthetics, closing them with the slats facing down is your best option.
Closing Your Blinds in Six Easy Steps
As we mentioned, there are different types of blinds, and the process for opening and closing them varies depending on their style. However, venetian blinds are the most common style — and one of the ones people tend to struggle with the most — so that is what we will be focusing on here. Closing venetians isn’t difficult, but it does take some patience and practice. After all, you don’t want to damage these delicate window treatments.
Most venetian blinds feature two strings that raise and lower the slats and a clutch mechanism that moves them up and down and locks them in place. There is also a rod that opens and closes the slats when twisted. And, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to use these features to open and close your blinds with ease and without damaging your window treatments.
Step 1: Find the Pull String
The pull string is typically located on the right side of the blind. It is attached to the clutch at the top and connects the slats to each other. If you recently installed your blinds, the pull string may be tied in a knot instead of hanging freely.
Step 2: Unlock Your Blinds
As we mentioned above, the clutch locks your blinds in place. To unlock it, gently pull the string across the window at roughly a 45-degree angle. You will need to apply a bit of pressure to release the clutch, but don’t tug hard enough to risk damaging the mechanism or any other part of the blinds. You’ll be able to feel when the clutch is disengaged and the slats loosen. There may also be an audible “click.”
Step 3: Adjust the Slats
When the clutch releases, the blinds may move unevenly. One side might drop while the other stays up. Adjust the string to keep the slats as even and flat as possible. Each string moves one side of the blinds, so moving them independently allows you to even out the sides. Take your time, and adjust until all of the slats are lying flat. Make sure they are positioned appropriately, too, to avoid damage from closing them at the wrong angle.
Step 4: Lower the Blinds
With the slats lying flat and the pull string held in a left diagonal position to keep the clutch mechanism unlocked, slightly loosen your grip. Doing this should allow the string to slide through your hand and lower the blinds. Again, don’t rush. Take your time to ensure the slats stay flat and do not become tangled. Adjust the strings as needed if the blinds start lowering unevenly. It takes a bit of practice, but, once you’ve mastered the technique, you should be able to lower your blinds using a slow, steady and smooth motion.
Step 5: Lock the Blinds in Place
You’re almost done! After lowering your blinds to the desired level, it’s time to lock them in place. To do this, gently pull the string at a 45-degree angle to the right. You should feel and hear a click when the clutch locks into place. Don’t tug, but make sure to give the string a firm tug, so your blinds stay in place. A loose clutch could allow your blinds to rise back up.
Step 6: Shut the Blinds
Find the stick rod, which is usually located on the left side of the blinds. Lift the rod away from the blinds slightly, then twice using your fingertips. It should rotate 180 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise to open and close the slats. Twist to close the slats upon themselves in an upward or downward direction, taking care not to over-tighten them.
Should Your Blinds Face Up or Down?
Here at Factory Direct Blinds, one of the most common questions we get from our customers is whether they should close their blinds with the slats facing upward or downward. The truth, though, is there isn’t really a right or wrong answer. It mostly comes down to personal preferences, but there are a few pros and cons you should be aware of when deciding which way to face your blinds.
When to Close Your Blinds with the Slats Facing Up
If you have venetian blinds, twisting the stick rod in a counterclockwise direction closes the blinds with the slats facing up. In other words, the rounded side of the slats will face the window while the concave side will face outward.
This position isn’t as aesthetically pleasing to most folks, but it does offer a few benefits. For starters, this position lets in the minimum amount of light. It also provides a greater degree of privacy by making it more difficult for someone outside to peek through your windows.
Closing your blinds with the slats facing up keeps your home cooler in the summer, too. Upward-facing slats block out more light, and they deflect it toward the ceiling and away from the center of your home. In addition to keeping you and your family more comfortable, this could help make your cooling bills more manageable.
When to Close Your Blinds with the Slats Facing Down
To close your blinds with the slats facing down, turn the stick rod clockwise. This will adjust the slats so that the rounded sides of the slats face inward while the concave sides face the window. This is the most common closure method, and it is the neatest, most aesthetically pleasing option.
The downside, however, is that downward-facing blinds let in more light and heat, and they offer less privacy from outsiders. During cold weather, though, they’ll deflect heat toward the center of your home, helping it stay a bit warmer. Closing your blinds with the slats facing down could help insulate your windows and keep cold air from seeping in, too.
Troubleshooting Common Problems
Even with proper care, you could run into problems and need to learn how to fix blinds at some point. If your blinds are stuck and won’t close (or open) correctly, a damaged cord could be to blame. If the string breaks or becomes frayed, you may need to replace it and restring your blinds. Tangled cords can prevent the slats from turning, too.
A damaged clutch mechanism is the most common cause of blinds that won’t stay open. If you’re having this problem, remove the blind from the wall and lay it on a flat surface. Inspect the clutch to see if it is jammed. If so, free it using a flathead screwdriver. A damaged or pinched cord could be the cause of this issue, too. If this is the case, your cord will need to be replaced. The other possible cause is a broken clutch. If that is the case, you will need to replace the mechanism or invest in new blinds.
Top-down bottom-up cellular shades are another popular style of blinds, and they can have their own issues. They sometimes get stuck and can be tricky to close. If you are having this problem, try leveling the lift cords with the headrail and gently pulling the blinds to disengage the cord lock.
With roller shades, the most common problem is that they will not stay down. If your shade refuses to lock into place, a dirty clutch or spring operating mechanism is the most likely cause. To solve this all-too-common problem, raise the shade completely. Then, take the blinds down to access the operating mechanism. Use compressed air (the kind you use for cleaning a computer keyboard) and a toothpick to carefully remove any dust and debris inside and around it. Finally, lubricate with WD-40, but be careful not to get it on the blind itself as it will damage or stain the fabric.Browse Our Collection of Roller Shades
When to Shop for New Blinds
If you are tired of fighting with your old blinds and want to give your windows a fresh new look, we can help. Even the best blinds will not last forever. When yours become more hassle than they're worth, it might be time to invest in new ones.
Ordering your new blinds from Factory Direct Blinds means buying affordable, high-quality products that will work and look great for years to come. Doing so also means you’ll get to avoid the frustration of fighting with lower-quality blinds that don’t work correctly. Here at Factory Direct Blinds, we guarantee your complete satisfaction and will do everything possible to make things right if you do not love your new blinds. There aren’t many other companies that can make that promise!
Blinds are functional and stylish window treatments that look great in any home. Sometimes, though, they can be trickier to use than they appear. Everything from tangled pull strings and poor pulling techniques to jammed clutches and crooked slats could prevent your blinds from opening and closing as they should. And if you try forcing them to do what you want, you risk damaging them.
If you are having trouble figuring out how to close blinds without frustration or damage, the suggestions above should help. And if you are tired of dealing with old blinds that no longer work properly, consider ordering new ones from Factory Direct Blinds!