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Most modern homes have blinds covering their windows for privacy, light control among other purposes. On the other hand, blinds manufacturers are always trying to improve their products with cutting-edge technologies to make them more functional. This, in turn, affects how the window coverings operate. When looking for the best blinds for your spaces, don’t just focus on the materials, the colours, design, and other standard features. It’s essential to understand how to close the blinds as well as open them.
Unlike curtains and drapes, blinds operate on unique mechanisms that allow them to open and close. In this guide, we show you how to close blinds.
There are various reasons you need to close blinds both during the day and at night. Here are some reasons to keep your blinds down.
One of the primary uses of blinds is to help control temperatures in homes or offices. When summer rolls in, there’s excess heat in the house, making it uncomfortable for the occupants.
Blinds can help you keep the excess heat at bay. When closed completely, reflective blinds reduce heat gain by around 45%. This leaves your spaces relaxed and comfortable.
Also, it will help keep energy costs low since you won’t be needing air conditioning.
Too much sunlight causes glare that could damage your eyes. Also, the harsh rays discolour and damage your furniture and fittings. Worse, the UV rays are harmful to your skin.
Also, the rays can be disturbing, especially on a weekend when you’re trying to catch some sleep early in the morning or getting a nap during the day.
It’s therefore essential to keep blinds shut during sunny days to keep the harsh light at bay.
Closed blinds provide a darkening environment allowing you to enjoy your favourite movie or TV show without straining your eyes.
When you live on a busy street, you’ll always have privacy issues. Each time someone passes by your house, there’s always the chance of people glancing into your home. Some with bad intentions might want to take a look at your valuables to see what they can steal.
Closed blinds will prevent passers-by from keeping an eye on your valuables or monitoring your house activities.
It’s also important to close your blinds when you’re not at home so that people don’t notice you’re away. This will help secure your home while you’re vacationing or perhaps on a business trip.
It might seem an easy task to close blinds until you find yourself struggling to do it. You might even end up breaking and damaging the window treatments in an attempt to close them.
Before you learn how to operate the different types of blinds, you must understand each one of them. Some blinds have cords, others have rods, and some have no cord or rod. It shouldn’t take you much effort to understand the various techniques to close every type of blind.
As the name suggests, single-stringed blinds are those window coverings that operate with one string system. Examples of such blinds include:
and Cellular shades
Before operating single-stringed blinds, you’ll need first to unlock them. To do this, grab the cord and pull it towards the left. Occasionally, you may require to draw on the cord to unlock the window treatments.
Free the cord unhurriedly to lower the blinds. Do this immediately after unlocking the blinds. Even while releasing the string, continue holding it to the left to prevent the blind from locking itself.
The slow release of the cords prevents it from becoming entwined in the locking mechanism.
To keep the blinds even, lower both strings at the same time. If the window coverings become uneven while being closed, pull down either of the strings on the cord to make them even.
Once the blinds are completely closed as required, pull the cords to the right to lock them in place. This will stop the window dressings from going any further. Release the cords slowly to confirm whether the blinds are shut properly.
These blinds operate on a continuous cord loop to open and close. To identify them, check the cords to see if they have a continuous cord system. Examples of blinds with continuous cord loops are Venetian blinds and roman shades. It’s worth noting that when you close or open the blinds, the length of the cords remains the same.
First, determine which side of the cords lowers the blind. To do this:
Note that some continuous-cord blinds have adjustable slats that can be closed by twisting the rod that hangs down from the top of the window, either to the right or left.
These blinds are controlled using a rod and a track system in place of cords. The most popular options are vertical blinds and panel blinds. The rod is situated at the top of the window coverings, and you only need to pull it in the direction you want them to be.
Most vertical blinds operate using a rod where you rotate or twist the rod to either open or close the blinds. If the window coverings don’t close, you might be turning the rod in the wrong direction. Simply change the approach to close the blinds.
If blinds still don’t move or show signs of closing, there might be something obstructing them in the track system, usually at the top of the window or door. In this case, stand on a step ladder or a stable chair to reach and check the track system for any obstruction. Remove any hindrances limiting the movement of the blinds. If you can’t handle the situation, let a professional blinds expert help you identify and resolve the problem.
Cordless blinds are the easiest ones to operate since they do not have any cords or strings and do not need special techniques. Hold the bottom bar of the window coverings and pull down gently. Once the blinds are where they need to be, take your hands off them to make sure they are in the right place.
If the blinds do not close, don’t force them down. Instead, check the bottom bar for a button or a latch and press it to unlock the window coverings.
Some models may require you to tilt the bottom bar down to rotate the slats on the blind to close them.
You don’t always have to close blinds manually. Today’s blinds are made with state-of-the-art technologies to make them more functional, much safer, and easier to operate. Motorised blinds are easier to close compared to corded blinds. There are many ways to close motorised blinds, depending on how they are made.
The first way is via a remote control device. Here, you just need to press a ‘close’ button on the remote control device, and the blinds will close. And the good thing is that you can do this from anywhere in the house, as long as you’re near the blinds.
If the blinds don’t function after you press the button, you might want to move slightly closer to the window coverings. Also, try replacing the batteries since they might be dead and why the blinds aren’t closing.
You can also operate motorised blinds using a wall switch. The control panel is placed against a wall and wired to all blinds in your house. This is also an easy way to control all the window coverings in your home all at once. Sometimes, the switch has writings or arrows indicating the direction you need to push the button to close your blinds. Others have separate controls that make the blinds operational.
It’s also possible to operate motorised blinds using an app on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Such models are built with the latest technologies to integrate with mobile applications. The connection between the app and the blinds might happen through a mobile network or Bluetooth.
The final technique to operate motorised blinds is through a smart home operating system. Here, the blinds are integrated with your house’s automation system such that they close at specific times. All you have to do is set the exact times you want the blinds closed and leave the system to close them each day at exact times.
Buying blinds is one thing, and learning how to operate them is another. Every homeowner with window treatments needs to understand how to close blinds. The process is more straightforward only if you know what to do.
How you operate blinds depends on the type of blinds you have and how they’re made. Corded blinds like Venetian, Roman and pleated blinds have strings that help you close them down. Motorised blinds require a remote control device, a wall switch, an app on your phone or laptop to close.
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