Broken Blinds – Quick Fixes for Handling Broken Blinds

Blinds are one of the most versatile window treatments, fulfilling several needs like light and privacy control apart from allowing us to adjust the outside views as per our preference. The best part about blinds is that they can be adjusted for sufficient privacy while simultaneously allowing in some amount of light during the day. At bedtime, they can be closed for complete privacy and to block all incoming light so you can enjoy a night of deep and restful sleep.

Blinds made from certain materials like real wood even offer insulation which results in considerable energy efficiency and cost savings. And they look great too, instantly elevating any space!

But their charm is easily reversed even if functionality is off. These window treatments typically function well but at times they pose problems like broken slats, slats tilting to one side or being stuck in the up or down position. Thankfully there are easy fixes for all these problems, so there’s no reason to worry! And of course, if you would like help in resolving any challenge posed by your blinds, Budget Blinds is just a phone call away.

Budget Blinds has compiled a guide of some helpful tips for resolving some of the most commonly faced challenges with blinds. Are you ready for some quick fixes? Let’s get started then!

Guide to Fixing Broken Blinds

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Some of the most commonly faced issues with blinds are: broken blinds, blinds that hang unevenly, blinds that won’t roll up, and many others. Regardless of the type of challenge your blinds are posing, here are some easy-breezy solutions:

Broken Slats

Fixing broken blind slats is comparatively easy as one can easily replace the individual slat instead of having to replace the entire window treatment. Follow the steps listed below to replace a slat:

  1. First remove the plugs located at the bottom of the rail. After removing the plugs, you’ll be able to see the knotted lift cord.
  2. Undo the knot of the lift cord and pull the cord from the front of the blind.
  3. Replace the broken slat and restring the lift cord through each slat in the new blind.

Slats Won’t Lower

Blinds can be easily pulled up to allow more light into the room. However, at times, they get stuck, making it difficult to lower them. This happens especially if the blinds are left in the rolled up position for an extended period. But there’s no reason to worry. This problem can be easily fixed by following the procedure listed below:

  1. Hold the lift cords level and gently pull it. This action should release the blinds’ locking mechanism.
  2. If step 1 doesn’t help release the lock, locate the pin and try to release it. You can release the pin by pushing it to disengage the locking mechanism on the cord, which is located in the headrail where the cord runs. Releasing the pin will release the blinds, lowering them immediately.

Blinds Won’t Lift

For maximum privacy and room darkening, blinds are often pulled down completely. But at times they get stuck and it gets difficult to lift them up. This problem especially occurs when the blinds have been left in the down position for a long duration. But fret not. It can be easily resolved by following a couple of simple steps enlisted below:

  1. Pull down on the bottom rail to reactivate the spring.
  2. The above action should help reset the spring which helps release the stuck up blinds and they can be lifted up easily.

Slats Won’t Tilt

Sometimes there’s a problem with the slats’ tilting mechanism. This happens when the tilt rod becomes disconnected from the tilt mechanism in the headrail due to handling in transit. Follow the following steps to resolve this issue:

  1. First remove the blind from the window.
  2. Then examine the headrail and try to locate the metal rod that runs the length of the headrail. At this point, you should also be able to locate the tilt mechanism. Gently push the end of the tilt rod back into the space where the tilt mechanism is housed. For a more secure tilt positioning, it’s best to push the tilt rod through.
  3. Finally you should be able to replace the blind.

Bottom of the Blinds Won’t Hang Evenly

At times the bottom of the blinds doesn’t hang evenly. This is caused by cords being caught in the headrail. This challenge can be easily tackled by performing the following step:

  1. Simply raise and lower the shades repeatedly until the bottom hangs evenly.

If you would like help in resolving any challenge posed by your blinds, all you have to do is you’re your local Budget Blinds. We would love to assist you!

Or if your blinds are beyond repair, consider replacing them with brand new window treatments from Budget Blinds of Stillwater/Lake Elmo, including motorized window coverings that are easier to operate. Schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation today to explore our latest offerings in shades, blinds, shutters, and draperies. We bring the showroom to you so you can browse in the comfort of your home and as per your convenience!

Call Pamela Today! 651-351-7620 or visit www.budgetblinds.com/stillwater

 

Make Your Guest Room Cozy for Holiday Visitors

The holiday season brings family and friends together for fun and quality time — but with that comes a need for a place to stay while they visit. Create a space that is unique and comfortable for your visitors. It’s the little touches that make guests feel welcomed and right at “home.” At Budget Blinds, we have a few simple ways to make your guests cozy this holiday season.

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Book your free in-home design consultation, today!

Dining Room Window Treatments for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, so does the arrival of holiday guests. Whether it’s a family brunch or hosting a special occasion, the dining room is a focal point. Luckily, Budget Blinds has an impressive selection of window coverings in various styles, fabrics and colors to inspire the designer in you — just in time for the holidays!

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-Pamela Brown

CONTACT ME, TODAY!

pbrown@budgetblinds.com
budgetblinds.com/stillwater

Get Both Style and Safety with Budget Blinds of Stillwater/Lake Elmo

With Budget Blinds of Stillwater/Lake Elmo, your family’s safety is Pamela’s top priority.
Budget Blinds adheres to industry child safety standards and offer automated, motorized, and cordless window covering solutions to keep potentially dangerous dangling cords out of your home.
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Cordless shades offer added safety for children while making window operation a breeze.

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Automated shades are an excellent option because of their cordless operation and ability to be programmed to open and close at your preferred time of day. 

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Shutters ensure optimal privacy and child safety due to their cordless nature.

Call Pamela Brown at Budget Blinds of Stillwater/Lake Elmo today at 651-351-7620 or visit her website budgetblinds.com/stillwater

 

Falling for Fall Window Fashions

With the fall season upon us, it’s time to begin thinking about refreshing the look inside your home with new fall window fashions. At Budget Blinds, we’re here to help work with you during the entire design process to pick out the perfect custom window covering solution for your home.

 

With Budget Blinds of Stillwater/Lake Elmo, you don’t lift a finger.  I bring the showroom to you and take care of it all – design, measure and install.  I believe that everyone at every budget deserves both style and service.  And that’s a beautiful place to be.

Visit my website to schedule your FREE consultation today!  

Want a Fresh New Look for Summer?

Are you wanting to freshen up your home décor this summer? Just call Pamela! She will deliver the perfect window covering solutions that reflect your unique needs and style. And she does it all for you — design, measure and install — so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Created from natural, eco-friendly materials such as rattan reeds, jute, natural woods, and a variety of grasses, woven wood shades from Budget Blinds impart a craftsman-like, ethnic vibe to a room that inspires comfort. And our woven wood shades, also known as woven wood blinds are made from 100% organic materials, making them environmentally-friendly window treatments and completely recyclable.

Various woven wood shade styles include standard Roman shades, which offer a clean, classic look and rises evenly into neat, flat folds; looped Roman style, which features soft, billowing loops of natural material for a more dimensional look; and hobbled, waterfall style, which hangs from the front of the headrail and positions the cords behind the shades for a clean look. Select woven wood shades, including ones some from our new Inspired Shades Collection, are available as sliding panels that can be configured to open via as one-way draw, from the center, or as free-moving panels.

Schedule your free design consultation today!
-Pamela Brown

New Year, New Eco-Friendly Window Treatments

Start 2019 with eco-friendly window treatments by Budget Blinds. With our vast selection, embracing sustainability with gorgeous window treatments has never been easier. We believe in finding the perfect marriage between style and promotion of a healthy environment. With eco-friendly window treatments, you can do your part in helping to preserve our natural resources and still be on-trend with innovative products. Take a look!
Hardwood Blinds

Through sustainable-yield forest management, the amount of wood harvested for our hardwood window treatments is below the levels of tree growth. Not only do they provide excellent privacy control, our wood blinds are a natural insulator that helps lower your heating and cooling bills, ensuring your home maintains comfortable temperatures throughout the seasons. They utilize renewable resources and environmentally-friendly forestry techniques without sacrificing style.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades, with their honeycomb-shaped cells, act as an insulator, and when combined or layered with other treatments and placed close to the glass, can reduce summer heat gain by as much as 45%. A wide range of opacity choices, from transparent to light-filtering, to room-darkening, allow you to customize natural light. And a vast selection of the latest fabrics and colors ensure a perfect match with your décor.

Woven Shades

Our woven natural shades from our Inspired Shades™ Collection are made from hemp, kenaf and flax, are 100% organic and environmentally-friendly, and completely recyclable! They allow for an operational roller shade on the back of the woven wood in solar, room-darkening, or light-filtering options that allow you to adjust the level of light and reduce heat gain from rising temperatures.

Bamboo Shades

From Roman style to a more streamlined flat style, bamboo shades combine the natural beauty of organic materials with inspired design for a refined, relaxed look to any room. These shades fuse eco-friendly materials, including bamboo, reeds, jutes and grasses, with a variety of designs that can be integrated into the perfect customized window treatment.


Start the New Year with new eco-friendly window treatments that are stylish and sustainable. We use 100% recyclable packaging when shipping our products, and most of our non-wood product components can be recycled as well. Most of our window treatments offer superb energy efficiency that help reduce dependence on electricity and natural gas for cooling and/or heating your home. Start your New Year’s shopping today with Budget Blinds! For more information contact your me today!

HIGH STYLE. EXPERT SERVICE.

Window treatments are more than just utilitarian objects, they are fashions for your home. Picking the right ones for your home doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Budget Blinds of Stillwater is locally owned and operated by interior decorator, Pamela Brown. Pamela proudly serves local homeowners and businesses by providing the highest quality of name brand window treatments and the largest selection of styles in the industry.

There is more to window décor than just picking a color. The window treatments you choose should be functional, make the right statement, be child and pet-friendly, and help with energy efficiency! To better understand which window treatments are best for each room in your house you must look at the material, functionality, design and overall measurements. With me, you don’t lift a finger. I bring the store to you and take care of it all, measure and install. I believe everyone at every budget deserves style and service. And that’s a beautiful place to be!

As an Interior Designer with over 18 years of experience, I stay relevant with modern industry trends, including innovative products like motorization and smart home automation, and bring valued knowledge to my clients. My expertise is in window treatments and I am passionate about style! I personally work with all my customers and assists them throughout the entire process – from design consultations to measuring, installation and the completed result. I love bringing style and practical, energy efficient window treatments to my clients.

My goal is simple: to provide you with the best products and services to enrich your home environment. Call today to schedule your free in-home consultation! I will bring you the highest quality and most fashionable window coverings in Stillwater and surrounding areas.

Pamela Brown,

651-351-7620

Spring into the Season with A Pop of Green!

Spring is around the corner and what better way to freshen up your home than by adding a little pop of green to your home décor? Budget Blinds offers a variety of custom window treatments including blinds, shades, shutters and drapes that can bring the vibrant green hues of spring into your home this season.

Draperies create beautiful everyday environments and allow you to color your world in a very personal way! Our Inspired Drapes® collection provides you the widest selection of curtain and drapes and other soft window treatments, custom pillows and bedding, all with luxurious designer touches at an attractive price. Vivid color or calming neutrals – every choice is a statement.  Whether you want draperies to provide light filtration and insulation, or to add amazing aesthetic touches to your favorite spaces, Budget Blinds of Stillwater has got you covered! Our ready-made drapery panels offer you an instant decorating upgrade and color without commitment if you like to follow color and fabric trends. Additionally, your local style consultant can help you design custom drapery, from trendy to modern or traditional, to fully dress your windows making your home uniquely your own. Need help selecting drapery? 

 

More about Inspired Drapes® —Sold exclusively by Budget Blinds®

If you want drapery as a standalone window treatment or if you plan to layer curtains or drapes over window blinds, shades or shutters you can surround yourself with window treatments that enhance the purpose of every room in your home. Our Inspired Drapes collection offers you a unique opportunity to infuse your living spaces with colors and textures you’ll love for everything from decorative drapery hardware and curtain rods to beautiful silk and linen curtain panels! Our exclusive fabrics from Italy provide custom options you will not find elsewhere to fully dress your windows, or start slow, adding custom window treatments a layer at a time. Your Inspired Drapes style consultant, Pamela Brown will be pleased to help you discover window coverings and custom accessories that suit your budget and your lifestyle!
Need help selecting drapery? Get started now, schedule your free in-home consultation today with Budget Blinds of Stillwater.

-Pamela Brown

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

If you need to upgrade your window treatments in time for the holidays, this is the week to start the process! It may seem a little early for holiday preparation. However, the fall and winter seasons are especially busy times for me and other companies in the industry, so to ensure your installation before the family arrives, call me today!

The holidays can be stressful as is. Nothing is worse than having people over to your home when you are less than proud of it. Whether it is the main gathering areas like the kitchen and living room, or your entire home, upgrading your window treatments is an excellent way to take your home décor up a notch! Not only can it improve the aesthetic appeal of your home, but we are partnered with Lutron and can connect your home to your smartphone! Wow guests with your tech-savvy and stylish home!

Don’t try to take on this project yourself. It can turn costly, quickly without the guidance of a professional. It is my goal to help you design a space that you will be elated to show off! I will walk you through each step and help take the stress out of what should be the most wonderful time of the year!

Beginning as soon as possible ensures you will be able to work with me, a credible, skilled and experienced decorator. It also reduces the chances of you having to rush through the project last minute, which can often lead to unnecessary costs. By tackling the home improvement project now, you will get it out of the way and make your life that much easier come the holiday season. Plus, you’ll find comfort in knowing you have carved out enough time to ensure every detail of the project will be up to your standards, and you won’t have to cut corners or glaze over the details.

To schedule your free consultation or to request a design guide, reach out at pbrown@budgetblinds.com or visit my web page budgetblinds.com/Stillwater