Interior decorators often use window blinds in place of curtains because the blinds are relatively easy to maintain and provide a different feel to a room. There are two main types of blinds available: vertical and horizontal. Vertical blinds are pieces of flexible plastic or other materials like wood or fabric that clip into slots at the top of the blind mount. Horizontal blinds are usually vinyl and held together with cords. Each blind style operates slightly differently.

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Blinds may be horizontal or vertical and come in a rainbow of colors.

Vertical Blinds

Step 1

Check that the individual blind pieces have not become twisted at the top of the blind where they attach to the clip. The blinds will not operate properly if each piece is not parallel with the others. Reach up to the top of the blind and gently twist the blind pieces back into place if they are twisted.

Step 2

Turn the control wand to the right or left to open and close the blinds to the desired slat dimensions.

Step 3

Grip the control wand and push it to the right or left to move the blind clips and the corresponding blind pieces across your window for cordless blinds. For corded blinds, pull down on one of the cord controls to shift the blinds to one side or away from the center of the window. Pull the opposite cord to shift the blinds to the original position.

Horizontal Blinds

Step 1

Pull both lift cords down at the same time to raise your blinds; pulling only one cord at a time will shift only one side of the blind.

Step 2

Pull both lift cords toward the center of the blind while bringing your hand up to lower your blinds.

Step 3

Pull the lift cords to the outside of the blind to lock your blinds at their current height.

Step 4

Turn the tilt control wand to the right or left to open the blinds to the desired slat dimensions.