Replacing Slats

Over time, blinds begin to look worn, regardless of the material. Although wood and faux wood blinds tend to hold up quite well, some of the slats can become faded from the sun, warp, or even crack. For aluminum, a common complaint is that blinds become bent, especially with small children around. Vinyl is a great option in that the material is strong, durable, and available in a wide range of choices. However, vinyl slats can also become worn and damaged over time.

Typically, people think because a few slats are looking shabby that they have to spend money to have the entire set of blinds replaced. While this option is a viable one, you might also consider just replacing the damaged slats, which will save you money. However, the process of replacing blind slats is also an easy one. Therefore, instead of replacing something perfectly good, we recommend you take a few minutes to make a replacement.

Get Started

For this, the round plugs on the base of the bottom rail would be removed and set aside for future use. Once the plugs are off, you will notice a knotted lift cord. This knot will need to be undone and the cord pulled out from the hole so it is now in front of the blind. Remember, the only cord you want to pull out is the lift cord. Then once both cords are removed and hanging free, whatever number of slats you need to remove would be taken off. Now, if the damaged slats are near the top of the blinds, you might need to remove several to reach them, adding the good slats back in place.

Restring the Slats

After the new slats are added, the lift cord would be restrung, going through each of the blind slats. The best option to make the process easier is to work from left to right or vice versa. In other words, string the lift cord on the left for one ladder and then go across to the right side, then back to the left, and then to the right, and so on. This way, the slats will remain evenly spaced and the final product will look better.


Next, the lift cord would be inserted back into the hole in the bottom rail and a new knot tied. Once the slats are perfectly even and the cords tucked neatly back into place, the plugs you set aside would be gently tapped back on. Typically, the plugs will come off with a little encouragement from a flathead screwdriver and then pushed or tapped in with a rubber mallet so they are not dented.