First a quick note & warning – some may consider the advice in here as something one should never do. Why, well because they are worried that having all the cords tied together could equate to a chocking / hanging hazard. From what I have seen, just a simple string that is long enough, is enough to qualify. With that said – use your common sense & if you are worried about combining them, simply keep them separate like they were & trim the cords adequately.
As mentioned above, when one purchases most blinds the cords seemingly are 10′ long and tempting targets for little puppies & kids to pull on, wrap around, etc… While many blind manufacturers like to include a cleat to wrap the cords around those are hardly used & when one does, most consider it to much of a hassle to raise or lower the blinds. The other issue, it always seems like one or more of the cords doesn’t get pulled just right & things end up lopsided or tangled.
The first part is determining the proper length of the cord. The easiest way is to fully lower the blinds to their lowest usable setting and cut the cords 6″ to 8″ from the top. At this point you can either retie the cords with each individual piece or… Using a lighter melt the cords ends together.
Using a knife, you just need to simply expand the hole, reinsert the screw & tie a knot to keep it in place.
The final product – now you have blind cords that are shorter & easier to use.
Just as a reminder:
- A cleat maybe still necessary to help secure cords out of reach of youngsters & pets especially for taller windows.
- Don’t place beds, dressers, book cases, etc… near the cords