How to Repair a Vertical Blind Slat

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Vertical blinds are window coverings that have long vertical slats, also called vanes, that overlap each other to block light. They are frequently used as coverings for sliding glass doors, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows. One of the most common problems with vertical blinds is that the top hole cracks or tears, making the slat crooked, or fall off completely. Although you can purchase a new slat, it is just as simple to repair the existing one.

Things You'll Need

  • Step stool
  • Vertical blind clip
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Close the vertical blinds so they cover the window or door and are completely extended. Turn the adjustment pole to turn the slats sideways for better access. Some vertical blinds use a pulley string to adjust them rather than a pole.

  • Place a step stool next to the vertical blinds and remove the slat from the main headrail if it is not already down. To remove the slat, grasp the top of the slat with one hand and grasp the plastic hanger with the other. Lift up on the slat to slide it off of the small hook on which it resides.

  • Turn a vertical blind clip so that the open side is facing the top of the slat. Slide the clip over the top of the slat so that the hole in the clip it is positioned over the hole of the slat. Make sure that the clip is pushed down as far as it will go.

  • Place a pair of needle nose pliers on one side of the metal clip and squeeze down to secure the clip to the vertical blind slat. Repeat the process on the other side of the clip to make sure the clip is tightly attached.

  • Climb back onto the step stool and position the hole in the metal clip over the hook on the vertical blind hanger. Make sure that you turn the slat so that the concave side is facing the same direction as the other slats.

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