How to Rewind a Window Shade

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Simple and inexpensive, window shades continue their popularity as ideal window treatments due to their ability to both control lighting in the room and to provide privacy. These window treatments also prevent heat loss if you hang them to fit closely against the window sill, and they keep your home cool during the summer. Window shades, also called roll-up shades and roller shades, move up and down and have few parts, making repairs something you can usually do yourself. For example, you may notice your window shade not rewinding as usual. This can happen due to damage during shipping, factory defects or the age of your shade. The spring uncoils one day, preventing you from rewinding the shade.

Things You'll Need

  • Window shades
  • Pull your window shade down halfway. Remove the shade from the brackets.

  • Roll your shade up by hand. Check while rolling to make certain the shade rolls up on the tube evenly.

  • Reinsert the roll into the brackets. The shade will have a tighter spring. Repeat the entire process up to two more times if you want to perfect it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prevent cord injuries if you have young children by installing cordless window shades. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you replace window shades made before 2001. In the meantime, keep all pull cords out of reach of children.
  • Remove all reusable parts of your window shade if you choose to replace it. It's possible you can still use some of these parts for repairs in the future.

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