How to Shorten a Mini Blind

Video ID: 121008


This guide demonstrates how to shorten a typical mini blind purchased from a home improvement store. Your brand may vary, but the same techniques should apply. You may need to shorten your blind to fit the length of your window.

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.

Tools Needed

Flat-head Screwdriver

Parts Needed


Step 1 – Mark the slat at or just below where the blind should stop.

  • Before you remove the excess slats, note which are the ladder strings and which are the lift strings.

Step 2 – Cut the ladder strings approximately 6” below the marked slat.

  • Cut the lift strings approximately 6” below the marked slat.

Step 3 – Remove the bottom rail and buttons from the stack of excess slats.

  • Insert the bottom rail into the ladder string below the marked slat on your blind.
  • Fold and insert the ladder strings into the hole on the underside of the bottom rail.

Step 4 – Use a lighter to blunt the end of the lift strings.

  • Feed the lift strings through the bottom-most slat and bottom rail.
  • Feed the lift cord through the bottom rail button and tie it off.

Step 5 – Reinsert the buttons into the bottom rail.

  • Repeat steps for all strings on the blind.

Step 6 – Reattach the end caps to the bottom rail.

  • Test your repair by raising and lowering the blind completely.

Step 7 – Adjust the string length.

  • Pull your tassel up the string, and tie a knot at the desired length for your pull strings.
  • Pull the tassel down over the knot.

Step 8 – Cut the excess string just below the knot.

  • Repeat this for all pull strings.