How to Fix Mini Blinds that Your Kids Destroyed

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You need to know how to fix mini blinds if you have kids or a naughty pet that repeatedly love to break and damage them. It’s actually way easier, and cheaper than I thought to do your own mini blind repair!Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!We live in an apartment, like a bajillion other people, so every window comes pre-installed with white mini-blinds. The apartment contract and rules state that the mini-blinds need to be free from damages in order to help keep up appearances. Broken mini blinds apparently equal ghetto apartment complex. To keep future residents interested in renting, via the pristine mini-blinds, they periodically replace any broken ones for you. However, they charge us an outlandish $50 per mini blind replaced. Considering it take them all of about 1 minute to replace one, and they only cost $3-6, it is major highway robbery happening!

Our apartment recently stated that if they had to replace three or more mini blinds for you, you could be kicked out your apartment. Ca-razy! Especially considering at the time of that notice, we had, you guessed it, three broken mini blinds. Our kids really love destroying mini blinds!

In order to avoid $150 in charges and a potential boot, I determined to figure out how to fix mini blinds and save myself a bunch of money. So, I did what any sane 21st century mom does, and searched Pinterest for a tutorial on how to fix mini blinds.

I came across this old post from DIY Project Crazy, and followed it to do my mini blind repair.

I picked up one brand new set of mini blinds for $6.25 from Lowe’s. I bought the cheapest one, because, well, we live in an apartment, and my kids regularly break the blinds slats. There were some nicer, better light blocking blinds, on rollback at Walmart, randomly sitting right by the entrance, for $5, last week, but I bought the wrong size, so I had to return it. By then they no longer had the size I needed.

Because one set of mini blinds was so mangled by my kids, I just replaced the whole thing with the new blinds. I then used the mangled blinds as the supply source to repair mini blinds in two other rooms.

However, if your mini blind is already longer than you need, and you only have a few slats to replace, you can use them for this tutorial and not have to spend any money!

Great DIY tutorial on how to fix mini blinds that are broken! My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!How to Fix Mini Blinds

1.) If you don’t have extra slats at the bottom of your blinds (or need to replace several slats), buy a new set of mini blinds. You can find blinds in stores like Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmartand online through Amazon. Just order one set. I needed extra, non-broken slats to fix my blinds.

2.) At the bottom of the blinds are little plastic tabs. Pop off the right one and the left one, with a flat head screw driver, or butter knife, but leave the center one.Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix broken mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!3.) Pull out the cords that are in the holes. You’ll likely need to grab a pair of long thin tweezers to grab the knotted string in the center out. Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!4.) Unknot the center string. If you really can’t undo it, cut it right above the knot and burn the ends. Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!5.) Pull the center string out of every slat until you reach above the last slat you need to replace. Do it on both the left and the right side. If you are using another set of blinds to replace a different set, you’ll have to do steps 2-5 on it, pulling out the number of slats you need to fix the broken set.Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!6.) Pull out all the broken and damaged slats you want to replace. Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!7.) Slide in the new, unbroken blinds in their place.Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix broken mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!8.) Restring all the blinds with the center cord, making sure to come through from the same side.Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix broken mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!9.) Tie a new knot at the bottom of blinds. Shove the knot and the extra strings back in the hole and cap it with the plastic piece you removed. Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix broken mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!

You’re done! You fixed your blinds!Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix broken mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!If I wasn’t taking pictures the whole time, this simple DIY mini blind repair would only take 5-10 minutes. It is SO easy! Way easier than I thought it was going to be. I was able to fix three blinds (one completely replaced) in only about 20-30 minutes and it only cost $6.25! That’s much better than the apartment complex’s charge of $150!

I kept the broken blind, and because there were so many empty rows, I cut some off the excess strings, and moved the bottom up, and tied the center knots and put the plastic stopped over the holes.Great DIY tutorial on mini blind repair to fix mini blinds. My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!

Because I now know how to fix mini blinds and do my own mini blind repair, I won’t have to stress so much, or yell as much, when my kids break another slat on the mini blinds…. again.

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Comments

  1. says

    Nice! These were in our master bathroom when we moved in and they’re still there, because let’s be honest, nobody ever sees our master bathroom so we’re not very motivated to decorate it ever. But the kids have slowly been breaking them all, too. I don’t know why it’s so fun, but they just love to snap the ends off.

  2. says

    Great tutorial. I can’t stand mini blinds. They are so easy to destroy and hard to clean. Our newest house didn’t come with ANY window coverings and it’s not a new house. It’s bizarre. We have curtains up right now. If we ever get mini blinds again I’ll keep this in mind!

  3. says

    So I’m pretty sure this just changed my whole entire life!! I have a small child AND a VERY mischievous cat who have between them, destroyed every set of blinds in the house. LOL. I love you for this!!

  4. says

    Great tip! I have a current mini blind damager at my house.Didn’t try to fix them. We sometimes have just replaced them in the past. We just leave ours though for now. Couldn’t you just take the mini blinds out of your apartment for now or is that a big no-no? Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

    • says

      I personally wouldn’t want to not have any mini blinds up in my home! I like the privacy, especially at night! And I don’t really want the expense of curtains (and having to put holes in the apartment walls). I also don’t think the management would go for that either, for the same reason they don’t want damaged ones hanging up – uniformity. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  5. says

    I can understand the privacy issue if you don’t have curtains. We have blackout curtains in all the bedrooms. I had to remove my youngest child’s mini blind for safety reasons. We also had to shorten all the cords to most the others.

  6. says

    So smart! I didn’t realize you could repair mini blinds like this. Ours have extra slats at the bottom, so now I know how to repair them when needed and I already have the supplies. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Elise says

    Thanks for the detailed post! I’m moving out and the blinds look good as new! Next time I will be more careful before fighting off a cockroach on the blinds with a metal ruler : /

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