All I can say is thank god for Bunnings and the internet! I was expecting the blinds to cost us around $1500. In the end it cost just under $300. Here is a quick way to shorten blinds.
- Pull the release cord and allow the blind to open to its full length. There may be a considerable amount that is then laying on the floor. (We put ours up first to get the exact drop but the floor is ok too)
- Find the very bottom of the blind and remove the end caps from the rail. The rail is the last slat on the blind that is thicker than the rest
- Untie the cords that are knotted under the bottom rail. Once you remove the knots, you will be able to slide off the individual slats.
- Find (or measure) your desired drop, and while holding your finger on the new bottom slat, pull the string through so it is the last one the string goes through.
- Carfefully slide the unwanted slats of working from the new drop downwards till the thick bottom slat.
- Now thread back through the thicker bottom slat, thread through the string through the hole and put the cap back on tucking in the "ladder" slat holders as well. Tie a knot and cut excess. Cut excess slat holders UNDER the thick slat.
- Now to move onto the ties. MAKE SURE the blind is at its full new length. Slide toggles up and snip the bottom knot off. Re-tie at the new shorter length.