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If you want to know how to remove window blinds, you’ve reached the right spot. We’ll walk you through the blind removal process, step by step.
Blinds are an important window treatment that can drastically improve the look and feel of a room. There’s no doubt that blinds look great and offer sufficient privacy. Moreover, window blinds also create an extra layer of insulation that helps reduce the entry of UV rays and unwanted heat.
If your existing window blinds are broken, filthy, or old – you need to install new blinds to breathe fresh life into your living space.
Generally speaking, window blinds don’t last too long. They begin to deteriorate a little or discolor in five to six years. We recommend changing the blinds of your home every six to eight years. Fortunately, replacing window blinds is neither an expensive nor a time-consuming job. If you’re an enthusiastic DIYer, you can do so yourself, quite easily.
How to remove window blinds
Whether you’re redesigning your living room, removing damaged blinds, replacing windows, or taking down the blinds for a paint job at home – the task is simple. You’ll need a screwdriver (either an electric screwdriver or a manual screwdriver), a drill, a stepladder, and a friend to help you with the task. Especially if you’re dealing with heavy blinds.
Generally, it takes about 30-45 minutes to remove and install a window blind from start to finish. Keep in mind that the weight of the blind, the number of windows, and the window surface can have a huge impact on how long it takes to install blinds.
Moreover, the technique of removing blinds depends on the type of window blind it is. In the segments below, we’ll tackle blind removal based on the type of window treatment.
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Removing Venetian blinds with standard brackets
Here’s how to remove Venetian window blinds:
- Lift the blinds by pulling the drawstring down until the blades have gone up and locked into their position.
- Lift the bracket by first removing the clip on top of the bracket. Using a screwdriver, apply some pressure between the bracket and the clip to lift the clip up and remove it.
- Pull out the blind gently toward you to free them.
- Set the blind on a flat surface.
- Unscrew the bracket from the wall by using a drill bit – ensuring that the bit spins in a counterclockwise direction. Remove all the screws.
- Remember to place the screws in a plastic bag.
Removing Venetian blinds with spring-loaded brackets
Removing blinds with hidden brackets is a similar process as above, but with some minor changes in the steps:
- Lift the blinds to lock the blades into their place.
- Locate the brackets. They usually look like small metal squares and are on the top of the blind – sandwiched between the window frame and the blind.
- Release the blind by applying inward force and rotating the blind towards the floor. Release all the other blinds in the same way.
- Take down the bracket by using a drill bit and rotate it in a counterclockwise direction to unscrew the screws.
Removing normal window blinds with valance
A standard blind generally comes with valance – a decorative border covering the blind rail and vanes underneath it. Therefore, the blind removal procedure is slightly different here.
- Remove the valance by holding it with both hands, from both sides, and push upwards – until it stops touching the clips.
- Rotate the vanes at an angle by pulling the bead chain.
- Detach the vane from the vane carrier (a hook-like structure that juts out from the top of the vane) by making use of a flat plastic card.
- Pull the bead chain away from the blind rail.
- Remove the clips of the rail bracket by releasing the spring clips using a flat head screwdriver.
- Detach the blind after removing the spring clips.
- Remove the bracket by unscrewing all the screws.
Once you’ve removed the old blinds, you can either install new ones or opt for another window treatment altogether. Keep in mind that if you do not want to install new blinds in this space, you should use putty to patch the holes. That way, the area will be ready for another window covering.
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Whether your house has Venetian blinds, horizontal blinds, or vertical blinds, removing them is not a difficult task. And, you only require a few tools — found easily in households. If your existing blinds are broken or filthy, removing them safely and efficiently can be done without any outside help. So, go ahead and replace those dated window blinds and freshen up your home décor instantly.
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