How To Remove Vertical Blinds With Hidden Brackets
Vertical blinds protect the home interior from the harsh rays of the sun and the prying eyes of others. They are very popular forms of window treatment.
For one reason or another though, there may come a time when you feel the need to remove your blinds. Perhaps you want to replace them with new blinds or get rid of blinds altogether. There is a proper process you need to follow if you want to take down vertical blinds with hidden brackets.
Start by removing the valance up top before separating the vanes and removing them one by one. You can now remove the bead chain from the blind rail by pulling on it gently. Release the spring clips along the brackets with a screwdriver, pull down the blind rail, and finish by unscrewing the brackets.
It may seem complicated, but removing vertical blinds with hidden brackets is really no big deal. Learn more about that process and other topics related to vertical blinds by reading on.
How Vertical Blinds Protect Your Home
Vertical blinds may vary in terms of how they are operated. You can find variants that have to be pulled in order to work. Others rely on you turning the blind wand so they can either open up or close.
The vertical blinds that rely on pulling usually have vanes that are connected to a larger sliding piece. Pulling on the blind wand in a certain way will then cause the vanes to move. They move together because they are all connected to the sliding piece hanging overhead.
Blinds that require you to turn the blind wand make use of gears to work. The blind wand allows you to control a gear that moves an axle. That axle, in turn, is responsible for moving the railhead.
In addition to the large railhead, the axle also moves smaller gears connected to the vanes. Look closer at those blinds and you’ll notice that the vanes actually move independently. Because of how easy vertical blinds are to use, you’ll see homeowners often turn to them in search of added protection.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Vertical Blinds?
Should you place vertical blinds over your windows and/or sliding doors? That’s an important question many homeowners should be asking. Let’s discuss them in greater detail below.
- Vertical blinds work on just about any type of window. They fit most windows because of how much surface area they can cover.
- They are easy to operate. As long as you know how to pull or turn your vertical blinds, you’ll have no trouble with them.
- They are easily adjustable. You have the option of changing the arrangement of the blinds in ways that are best for your home.
- Vertical blinds tend to be an expensive form of window treatment. You’ll have to make a significant investment to add them to your home.
- They aren’t very varied in terms of styling. You may have a limited selection to choose from if you want vertical blinds.
Evaluate the pros and cons of vertical blinds carefully before deciding if they make sense for your home. You don’t want to go through the trouble of purchasing and installing them now only to remove them not long after.
How to Remove the Vertical Blinds with Hidden Brackets
If you find yourself in a situation where removing the vertical blinds is necessary, don’t worry because the process is easy. As long as you carefully execute the steps and follow them in order, taking down the blinds won’t be a problem.
Step 1: Prepare the Tools Needed for Removal
The tools you’ll need the most for this job are the screwdriver and a stiff card. You may need another type of screwdriver, but you’ll want to prepare a flathead screwdriver at the very least. Preparing some needle-nose pliers may also be a good idea depending on what kind of vertical blinds you have.
Step 2: Take Down the Valance
Look above the vertical blinds and you should find a large piece of covering there. That covering is known as the valance and we need to remove that to get things started.
Reach up and touch the bottom of the valance. Once you make contact with the bottom of the valance, start pushing it up. You need to keep carefully pushing the valance up until it no longer touches the clips it previously covered.
Make sure you take your time when pushing up the valance. Pushing it out of the way too quickly can cause the clips to break and the vanes to fall down.
Step 3: Prime the Vanes for Removal
With the valance out of the way, you can now start working on removing the vanes. Grab hold of the chain and use it to open up the blinds.
You don’t need the blind vanes to be completely open. Simply position them in a way that they don’t touch one another.
Step 4: Remove the Vanes
Take a closer look at the top of the blind vanes now and you’ll see that they are attached to hooks. Those hooks are the vane carriers and you need to detach them from the vanes.
Removing the vanes from the carriers by hand is tricky because they are firmly attached. You need to dislodge them first.
Get an old ID, old bank card, or index card and slip that in between the vane and the vane carrier. Doing so should free up the vane. You can go ahead and set the vane down carefully after pulling it free.
Step 5: Pull Out the Bead Chain
You can now turn your attention to removing the bead chain. Just pull on the bead chain to remove it. Be careful not to pull the bead chain too forcefully because doing so might cause it to break.
Step 6: Free Up the Spring Clips
Go behind the blind rail now and look for the hidden brackets. While looking at the hidden brackets, you should see the spring clips as well.
Take your flathead screwdriver and start freeing up the individual spring clips. Work slowly to keep the components intact as you remove them.
Step 7: Detach the Blind Rail
Now that most of the components have been removed, you can start detaching the blind rail. Reach for the blind rail and start pulling it down slowly to remove it.
Step 8: Unscrew the Brackets
The last step is to remove the brackets themselves. Look at the screws used and find an appropriate screwdriver to remove them. You may also notice that wall anchors have been used in the setup. They can be removed with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
How Do You Maintain Vertical Blinds?
The challenge of maintaining vertical blinds can become harder or easier depending on the materials used. The easiest ones to maintain are the blinds that can be wiped clean. Wiping metal and wooden blinds clean with soap and water is enough to maintain their appearance.
You’ll have a tougher time with fabric blinds because they often require deeper cleaning. Using special products may become a necessity.
Now, regardless of what type of blinds you have, dusting is a must. Regular dusting prevents small particles from getting lodged in some of the mechanical components. You can ensure that your blinds will work as intended all the time by dusting regularly.
How Much Do Vertical Blinds Cost?
The average set of vertical blinds falls in the range of $50 to $115. However, that price range changes depending on which materials are used.On the low end, you can find vinyl and metal blinds that sell for about $20 to $30. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some leather and wooden blinds go for as high as $100 to $200. The size also makes a difference. Six feet of vertical blinds cost anywhere from $20 to $70. Double those prices for windows that are twice as large.Do note that those prices are just for the vertical blinds themselves. If you’re having them professionally installed, you may have to pay an additional $50 to $70.
Should You Choose Vertical Blinds or Horizontal Blinds?
The type of window you’re trying to cover should be accounted for when choosing between vertical and horizontal blinds. Some horizontal blinds cannot reach as far down as their vertical counterparts, meaning they aren’t suitable for some windows.Vertical blinds are also often more affordable than horizontal blinds. They may be the only realistic option for some homeowners.The advantage of installing horizontal blinds is that they are easier to control. You can better control how much light you’re allowing into your home using vertical blinds. If that kind of control matters to you, consider installing a set of horizontal blinds.
How Long Can You Expect Your Vertical Blinds to Last?
Even though removing vertical blinds is easy, you still don’t want to do it all the time. You want your vertical blinds to last as long as they can over your window.Vertical blinds made by reputable manufacturers can last for more than 20 years. If you have the money for them, don’t shy away from making the investment. They can become important elements of your home for many years to come.
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