Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

Top 3 FAQs: Cord Consolidators, Vane Savers, and Wood Blinds

We've compiled our top three frequently asked questions to share how easily (and quickly!) each question can be resolved.

Window treatments are actually a bit more complex than most people realize. Because of this, we often hear some of the same frequently asked questions (FAQs). So, we decided to take the time to answer a few of these in our blog, and explain how easily each of these FAQs can be resolved. 

"The little plastic piece holding the cord together came apart. Do I need to replace it or can I fix it?"

That little plastic piece is called a cord consolidator, and it is actually designed to come apart under pressure.

Also known as breakaway equalizers, cord consolidators are designed to enhance child safety by doing exactly what their name implies – consolidating cords. These little plastics wonders take multiple window cords and combining them all into one lift cord, helping minimize potential risk and ensuring that your window treatments are ANSI (American National Standards Institute) compliant. And because these consolidators are designed with safety in mind, they separate (break away) under weighted pressure. But don’t worry; they can be easily snapped back together.

Just follow these simple steps to snap it back together:

    1. Make sure your cords are straight and not tangled in any way from the headrail down to the base of the cord.
    1. If the additional pull cord popped out, reattach the loose cord by reinserting it between the grooves at the base of the cord consolidator. Confirm there is a knot at the top of the cord to prevent it from slipping out.
  1. Align the two halves of the consolidator and then snap the pieces back together. If you are unable to snap the piece together, a new cord consolidator may be needed. Please contact our customer service by calling 1-800-963-9832 or Click Here to Request Service.
"The vanes on my vertical blinds are twisted and out of sync, do I need a new headrail?"

Over time, the vanes on your vertical blinds can become twisted and difficult to rotate. Some can even break. Fortunately, the solution for both is fairly simple.

Vertical blinds function similar to horizontal blinds in that each slat can be opened and closed for better light control and privacy. However, instead of being drawn up and down, vertical blinds are drawn side to side. It is this unique functionality that makes vertical blinds ideal for “wide window expanses and sliding glass doors, because they stack off to the side, rather than at the top of the window,” explains interior designer Becky Dietrich. Vertical Blinds Closeup

Over time, vanes may become difficult to rotate. If this happens, check to make sure that all of the vanes are overlapping in the same direction. If there is anything out of place, reach up to the headrail of the blinds and rotate overlapping vane with your hand.

To prevent vanes from getting out of sync, always tilt the vanes open fully before drawing the blind open or closed.

In the event that a vane breaks at the top, vane savers could do the trick. These simple devices install at the top of a vertical vane and make a new hole to mount the vane.

    1. Center the vane saver onto the damaged vertical blind vane ensuring the contour of the vane saver and vane are aligned.
    1. Gently tap the vane saver so that it fits snuggly onto the vane.
  1. Rehang the repaired vertical vane on the headrail.

"My wood blinds won’t close tightly, what’s wrong with them?"

Our wood blinds are designed to close tightest in the down position.

However, it is not always best to position your blinds in the down position. We actually recommend positioning your wood blind slats in the up position during the day to allow natural light to flood your home, and help prevent UV damage. Even though ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) make up a very small portion of the sun’s rays, it is the main cause of the sun’s damaging effects on your health and your home, causing color fading and deterioration of fabrics and woods over time. UV rays (40%), visible light (25%), and solar heat (25%) each play a factor. UV radiation degrades materials, attacking their molecular structure, while visible light and solar heat also causes damage, but at a slower rate. 

An uncovered windows only block 40–50% of incoming UV rays, while most blinds, shades, and shutters block 90-99% of harmful UV rays.

In the evenings, we recommend you position your blinds in the down position to block as much light as possible and provide the most privacy.

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.