House Calls with James Tully: How to trim window blinds

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"This is just unsightly, what we want to do is create a clean look," Handyman Paul Schramm says pointing at a room full of blinds that are too long for the windows they are covering.

All of those extra layers can be cut away, but one wrong snip could ruin the whole thing, so let’s walk you through it.

Those plastic plugs on the bottom, should be 4 of  them and they’re attached to the main string in the center, use a screwdriver and pop them off.

Then take a scissors and cut the plugs off.

Remove the bottom blind, the base.  From there figure out where it should go so the blinds sit perfectly on the window sill.

Slide that blind out and replace it with the base you just removed.

After that, feed the center string through all four holes where the plugs went in.

At this point, you can use the scissors and cut the two outer strings in each section (leave about an inch of slack).

The extra blinds will then be removed.  Tie two or three knots at the bottom of each string hanging out of the bottom after sliding the plugs back on.

Cut away any extra string below the base, and they've been trimmed.

Items you’ll need: Scissors and a screwdriver

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