How Blinds Work: Horizontal Blinds

Video ID: 101010


Before repairing blinds, it’s helpful to know how they work. Learn what’s happening in your blinds when you lift, lower, and tilt the slats.

There are two main functions on horizontal blinds: lifting & lowering and tilting. First, this video demonstrates the lifting and lowering, explaining where the lift cord is tied off. We follow the path the cords travel and see exactly how the cord lock pinches the cords in place, holding the blinds in the up position. Next, we look inside the tilt mechanism, revealing the gears that tilt the slats open and closed. Find out how the tilt mechanism works to move the string ladder to tilt the slats. Fixing horizontal blinds is easier once you see how all of the parts work together.

A Note on Safety

Kids can strangle in blind cords. To make your blinds safer for kids, keep cords out of reach and secure cord and bead chain loops. To learn more, please visit our child safety guide.

Parts Referenced in This Video