I’m often asked whether repairing a blind is ‘better’ than replacing. While this question is subjective, and based on each individual situation, blind repair is often times much more economical that replacement. Here are some real world cost estimates versus replacement:
The replacement estimate shown is based on discount online prices of a custom blind with no professional measuring or installation included. Certainly the choice of repairing or replacing will involve other considerations. Sometimes it’s just time to replace blinds that are old. The blind industry seems to put a shelf life on blinds somewhere between 10 – 20 years, depending on wear, sun damage, and style, of course. But as you can see, repairing is often the best economical choice between the two.
So, in my experience, and with a small investment of time viewing our online instruction, most people can easily accomplish the most common repairs and avoid buying a whole new blind.
Fix My Blinds has a guide that identifies the string your cellular / honeycomb shade needs based on brand – Click Here.
It’s important to indentify the exact string diameter you need before restringing your shade. If you have any doubts, please follow our
‘How to Measure String Diameter’ video:
Being able to search the Internet for repair parts for blinds, or any other repairable item is essential to finding the correct part, or finding the part at all. The Internet is an incredible resource for repair items that would have been unavailable before we had the “Information Superhighway”. Because of this, we have the opportunities to fix items that we would consider disposable 20 years ago.
Here are some great tips for accurate and successful Internet searching:
- Use accurate keywords – Make sure the words you use describe the type of item and the brand, if necessary. Make sure you spell the words correctly. In other words, if you search for blind ‘chord’, you might yield links to musical ‘chords’ for a songs related to the inability to see.
- Use auto complete – As you are typing your search words, Google will display helpful results in a drop-down list. Use these to your advantage as needed.
- Don’t use common words, punctuation, suffixes or capitalization – Search engines usually don’t recognize them, so they’re unnecessary unless your searching for an “exact phrase” inside quotes.
The bottom line is that Internet search engines are incredible tools that, when used properly, can make our lives much more effective.
For a more extensive article on this subject, click here:
Here’s a good formula you can use to determine how much string you’ll need to restring an RV Day / Night Shade:
Follow these steps:
- Measure the width (round up to the nearest foot)
- Measure the length (round up to the nearest foot)
- Count how many strings in the shade
- Use the formula below to determine total amount
It’s a generous estimate that allows enough overage to compensate for any small measuring mistakes.
For string, parts and instruction, visit Fix My Blinds.com
Valance clips come in many shapes and sizes. The most common for horizontal blinds is the ‘C’ clip. This clip simply hooks over the headrail, and the valance snaps into the ‘C’ part of the clip. Here’s a video on this:
Less common are slot mount and vertically adjustable valance clips. Here’s a couple video’s for those types:
For more instruction or to purchase blind parts go to www.FixMyBlinds.com
Fix My Blinds sends out FREE string, chain and cloth tape samples. This can be very helpful if you’re not sure which diameter string you need, or if you need to match string, or cloth tape color-wise. To get your free samples, simply go to any related page on the Fix My Blinds website. Click the ‘Get Free Samples’ link in the banner:
On the Sample Order Form, enter up to 3 samples and your shipping information. We’ll send you the samples within 1 business day!
With the many types of blinds and shades, there are as many ways to remove and re-hang them. From time to time, you may have to remove a blind to paint, or to do a repair. Either way, the task of taking down a blind and re-hanging it can require a little bit of professional know-how to safely accomplish. Here are some video’s from Fix My Blinds that show you how to remove and replace several different types of blinds and shades:
Here are some vertical blind restring diagrams. Click the highlighted title to print as PDF:
For instructional video’s on restringing a vertical blind headrail, click here.
Choice and variety are fundamental expectations in 21st-century America. When I was a kid, coffee came either black or with cream and sugar. Nowadays I could fill a small dictionary with the list of coffee choices at my nearest Starbucks. In fact, I need a dictionary to explain all the different choices.
When it comes to window treatments, the choices have proliferated in a similar way. Having this kind of selection should be a blessing, not bewildering, so I’ve sorted out and defined some of the options to make the process easier for you.