When you can't match your color or pattern, what can you do?
If new blinds aren't in the budget this year, then you'll want to watch this video about vane repair with vane savers. These little vertical blind repair clips are inexpensive and will allow you to get some more years of use out of that old vertical blind.
Be sure to specify the use of a solid braid cord whether you are restringing an old honeycomb shade or shopping for a new one. The solid braid cording is more durable and longer wearing.
Frayed Cell Shade Cord
Can you use a stronger string?
That's a question I hear a lot. I often have customers say that the lift cord in their blind or shade did not hold up very well to normal usage. They want to know if I can use a replacement cord that will be stronger and more durable.
In most cases, it's not possible to use a heavier or larger cord because it just won't fit through the cord guides or the cord lock. Many cell shades are designed to use a cord that is only 0.9 mm in diameter (that's smaller than the thickness of a dime) and there's not enough clearance for anything bigger.
It's all about the type of braid
Solid Braid vs Diamond Braid
Most, if not all, modern day shade cords are made of nylon or polyester. Cording made from these materials are very strong even in small diameters such as what is used in blinds and shades.
One thing that makes a big difference in how well the cording holds up to normal wear and tear is the way the strands of the cord are braided. The photo on the right shows the difference between "solid braid" (top) and "diamond braid" (bottom).
Strength is equal but surface characteristics are very different
As the photo shows, the surface of the solid braid cord is tighter and smoother. Inside the mechanism of a blind or shade the tighter, smoother braid means less friction and less friction means increased durability.
The solid braid cord is slightly more expensive than diamond braid due to higher manufacturing (braiding) costs but compared to the price of a new blind or shade it's no big deal and the improvement in durability it provides makes it worth it.
So, the next time you replace your window blind cord (or are shopping for a new blind or shade), be sure to specify solid braid shade cord. I wouldn't use anything else.
You can restring your own curtain rod with only a few simple tools and the information presented in this video. It’s easy to do it yourself.
If you have to replace the cord in a two-way draw traverse rod, here's a video that will show you how it's done. This guy has obviously done this before.
And I thought I was the only one who knew about the old paper clip trick!
There is one more step in the process that he doesn't cover. When you are ready to rehang your drapery, you will need to anchor the second carrier to keep it from slipping so that the curtain panels will always come together in the center of the window. There is a good article about how to center a two-way draw curtain rod at RepairWindowBlinds.com.
If you need to replace some broken or missing traverse rod slides you can order those here in packs of 12 from RepairWindowBlinds.com.