Blinds are some of the most common and versatile window coverings. They look good in any room in the house or in an office setting, and are a perfect choice if you want to have control over how much light gets into the room at any given time. Yet, lowering them to protect yourself from the sun is often a process of trial and error. Learn how to lower the most common types of blinds and take control of the light situation in your living quarters once and for all.

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How to Lower Blinds

Single-String Blinds

If your blinds have a single string, it is controlled by locking and unlocking the string and pulling or releasing it. To raise the blinds, pull the string down and then slightly to the right to lock it in position. To lower the blinds, unlock the cord by pulling it slightly to the left. The blind will begin to lower. You can let it lower towards the bottom or stop it in the middle and lock the cord in place by pulling it to the right.

Continuous Cord Loop Blinds

Continuous cord loop blinds have a loop attached either on the right or the left side of the blinds that allows you to raise or lower the blinds. To raise the bottom of the blinds, pull down on one side of the loop. To lower the blinds, pull on the other side of the loop.

The Top-Down/Bottom-Up Lift

If you have a top-down, bottom-up lift mechanism, your blinds probably have cords on either side. These blinds are different from the other types in that they allow you to adjust the height of both the top and the bottom of the blinds. This will come in handy if you want to enjoy the view out of your window but still maintain your privacy. Pulling on the right string will allow you to control the bottom of the shades. Pulling on the left string will adjust the top.

Just like with a single-string mechanism, pulling each cord slightly to the left will unlock it, allowing you to adjust the height, and pulling it slightly to the right will lock it in position.

Troubleshooting

If your blinds are stuck in a raised position and cannot be lowered when you pull on the cord, there are several things you could do. First, check that the cord lock is not jammed. If necessary, you can push a flat screwdriver inside the lock to help release it. If your cord is fraying or is being pinched, it won't work properly. In this case, the cord needs to be replaced.