Venetian blinds are certainly very practical and stylish, but they can be a real nuisance when the cord becomes worn and no longer works properly.  But there’s no need to throw your blinds away and buy new ones; all you need to do is replace the cord!  Here’s how to do it.

What you’ll need

  • new blind cord (available from DIY stores)
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • threading needle
  • flat-bladed screwdriver

How to do it

You might find it helpful to take photos of each stage of the deconstruction process for use as reference points when you come to reassemble your blind.  Another good tip is to put all the small items you remove during the replacement process into an empty jar so that nothing gets lost. 

  1. The first thing to do is to take down the broken blind and lay it on a table or other flat surface.  
  2. Now, use a flat-bladed screwdriver to prise off one end cap from the top rail and both the end caps from the bottom rail, and put them aside somewhere safe.  
  3. Next, gently but firmly pull out the cord lock from the top rail, and set it on one side. Open up the bottom and top rails so that the cord inside the blind is exposed.  
  4. In order to work out how much new cord you need, measure the window height and the width of the blind.  Multiply the window height by two and add a metre onto the blind’s width.  
  5. Slide the top and bottom rails off the blind.  Remove the washers that hold the old cord and set them aside, and then carefully pull out and discard the old cord.  
  6. Thread the needle with the new cord, and pull it through the blind.  Tie off the new cords at the bottom of the blind, remembering to fit the old washers so that the cord doesn’t pull straight through.  
  7. Replace the top and bottom rails by sliding them back onto the blind.  
  8. Carefully thread the new cord into the cord lock, and reinsert the lock onto the top rail.  
  9. Push the end caps back onto the bottom rail and replace the single end cap on the top rail.  
  10. Replace the blind in its wall brackets; job done!

In conclusion

You can save yourself a lot of money on buying new blinds by simply replacing a broken or damaged pull cord yourself, following the helpful guidelines given above.