You’ll rarely need to take down your blinds. However, removing your window dressing every so often to do a deep clean can give them a new lease of life – and you might want to replace them with a new design once in a while. Removing blinds from their brackets isn’t rocket science, and it only takes a few minutes with these simple methods for the main types of blinds.
1. Roll up the roller blind
Open your roller blinds up fully until they’re securely in place at the top of your window. Remove all obstacles and ornaments from your window sill. This will make it easier to lift the blinds from the brackets and avoid damage.
2. Uninstall the child safety clip
If you have a child safety clip installed, remove the screw holding it in place with a screwdriver. Pull the clip away from the wall to release the blind cord.
3. Identify your bracket type
The brackets of your roller blinds will either be a pin or a wheel. A pin is located inside the blind casting on the opposite side to your cord and pushes against the bracket. If you have a plastic wheel, this should be situated in the top corner of your blind, on the opposite side to the cord, which you’ll be able to feel underneath the bracket.
4. Release the blinds from the bracket
Push and lift your blind casting against the pin on the opposing side to release it from the bracket. For a plastic wheel, turn this anticlockwise until you hear the wheel click, then gently pull the blind free from the bracket.
1. Open and raise the blinds
Open up the slats so they sit horizontally, then pull your blinds all the way up – so they sit securely at the top of the window. Be sure to remove any obstacles which may be knocked over or damaged when you pull the blind free.
2. Free one side of the blinds
Find the brackets on each side of the blind panel. Selecting one bracket, firmly hold the bottom of the blind in one hand then push the blind against the bracket with the other. As you put pressure on the bracket, twist downwards until the blinds become free.
3. Repeat on the other side
Repeat this process on the opposite side and then gently pull the blind away from the window.
1. Close the blinds
Roll up your blinds so they’re sitting securely at the top of your window. Clear away anything surround your blinds so you can easily access the area.
2. Release the blinds from one bracket
Find the two brackets at the top of your blind panelling. Focus on one side of the blinds and, depending on your blind type, either lift the plastic lever that’s securing your blind in place or push in the plastic track sticking out of the bracket. Then pull upwards.
3. Repeat on the other side
Locate the other bracket and pull upwards, softly releasing the blinds.
1. Open up the blinds
Rotate the blades in a half-open position and free the window area of any clutter.
2. Remove each blade
Open the clip located at the top of each individual blade, then push each blade upwards and twist to free it. Repeat until each blade is removed.
3. Release the track
Locate the brackets at the back of the panelling. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the bracket, then carefully twist and release. Do the same on the other side and lightly pull the panelling away the track from the window.
You’ll find more practical posts on our blog – and check out our video measuring guide if you’re reinstalling blinds after you’ve taken them down.