How To Shorten Blinds

Instructions for removing the bottom slat(s) to shorten the length of horizontal blinds:

  1. Remove the plugs located on the bottom side of the bottomrail to release the string ladders and the knotted lift cord.
  2. Undo the knot in the lift cord and pull up the lift cord enough to release the slats you need to remove.
  3. Remove the bottomrail and the slat(s) necessary to shorten the blind to the desired length.
  4. Insert the bottomrail back into the ladder rung where you removed the top slat.
  5. Cut the string ladder above the rung that hangs below the bottomrail. Be sure that you have enough ladder hanging below the bottomrail to insert these strings into the holes on the bottom of the bottomrail.
  6. Insert each of the lift cords through the bottomrail hole and tie a knot. Make sure that the lift cords are even and that the bottomrail hangs straight. You may have to adjust the position of the knot to achieve the desired length to your blinds. Do not try to adjust the length by pulling on the lift cord.
  7. Replace the bottomrail plugs back into the holes on the bottom of the bottomrail. Use a rubber mallet or hammer to keep from marking the plugs.
Bottom rail plugs on horizontal blinds Lift and tilt cords on horizontal blinds

If the instructions mentioned above don't help, then maybe it's time to buy some new window blinds.