As a sanctuary from work and as a place to relax, the privacy of your home is important. Window blinds are one way to keep your household private. Blinds not only protect your home from invasions of privacy, they also save energy, keeping warmth in during the winter when heat can escape through glass, and blocking sun during the summer.
Things You'll Need
- Adjustable blinds
- Step stool, chair or ladder
Place the stool, chair or ladder on the right of the window, near the adjustable blind-lowering cords.
Step up on the chair, stool or ladder and pull the single lowering cord diagonally (or toward your left) to bring the blinds down. Pulling the cord straight down will raise the blinds.
Place your step stool at the base of the window's left side.
Stand on the stool, approaching blinds from the left near the two adjustable cords or the one single cord, depending on the type of blinds.
Pull the left cord to close the blinds upward, and the right cord to close the blinds downward, for Venetian blinds. Rotate the single stick to close the blinds for vertical plastic blinds.
Tips & Warnings
- Close your blinds upward to block out inquisitive eyes. Closing blinds downward will still let outsiders peer in on a small scale. Consider automatic blinds for convenience. These electric blinds, which can be easily controlled by remote control, are exceptional for high-ceilinged or multiple-panel windows.
- Don't stand on a swiveling or rotating chair; you could fall off and be hurt. Beware of hot metal blinds if the window has been open for some time and the sun has been radiating through.
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