How to Repair Honeycomb Blinds

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Honeycomb blinds have been around since the 1970s and take their name from the honeycomb-type look; instead of slats as you find on Venetian blinds, honeycomb blinds have cells that trap air. Honeycomb blinds insulate well against heat and cold and come in a variety of styles. It is possible to restring honeycomb blinds yourself with a few basic materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • String

Place the blinds in a neat stack so the blind fabric is in a neat pile. Slide the top and bottom rails or long, narrow metal pieces off the fabric of the blinds with your hands.

Pull off the washers and cords from the bottom of the fabric stack. Throw away the string because you will be replacing this, but save the washers.

Measure the new cord; there should be one for each route hole. The length of the cord should be twice the length of the blinds plus the shade width.

Feed the cord through the opening of the needle. Shove the needle through the cord guide in the top of the blinds and route holes in the blinds. Pull the cord from the bottom once it is all the way through. Repeat this step for each route hole. Tie a washer onto the end of each cord to prevent the cord from falling back through the fabric. Make a triple knot.

Slide the bottom rail back onto the bottom of the blinds. Replace the head rail . Make sure you do not snag the fabric. Feed the cords through the top of the cord lock, under the plastic tab and out through the bottom.

Attach the cord lock and end caps. Push the end cap or plastic piece into each end of the bottom rail. Slide the cord lock along the cords to the end of the head rail and push the cord lock onto the end of the head rail.

Set the head rail into the mounting brackets on the wall. Push on the rail. The front lip on the brackets should fit into the front groove on the top edge of the head rail. Check that the fabric is not caught in the head rail. Tighten the tab screw on each bracket with a flat screwdriver so it is secure.

Connect the equalizer onto the lift cords. Slide the equalizer on the strings, even with the bottom rail. This connects the lift cords to a larger diameter pull cord.

Adjust the blinds by completely extending them. Loosen the equalizer by holding the cords in your hand and sliding the equalizer upward to release it. Straighten the bottom rail by tugging on each cord individually. While you are holding the lift cords, move the equalizer against the cord lock and slide it against the cord lock, which will lock it in place.

Tie on the tassel by feeding the cords through the tassel and tie a double knot in the end of the cords. Cut off the excess cord with scissors.