How to Remove Your Window Blinds

Take a beat to remove old blinds yourself with this easy DIY

Paige Bennett
Written by Paige Bennett
Updated July 1, 2022
A bright kitchen with blinds
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Difficulty

Easy

No experience? No problem.

Time to complete

1 hour

Cost

$0

No supplies required.

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What you'll need:

TOOLS

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ladder or step stool

If your blinds have seen better days or your windows are just in need of a refresh, it’s probably time to swap out old blinds for a new set. Climbing a ladder and taking down blinds yourself can be intimidating, but it’s actually an easy process for even novice DIYers to tackle. 

With just a screwdriver and a ladder or step stool, you can take down blinds from a window in no time and even install a new set with ease.

  1. Pull Up the Blinds

    A woman pulling the blinds up
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    Raising the blinds before you remove them makes it easier to take down the whole unit without damaging any blinds.

    Horizontal Blinds

    Use the pull string to raise the blinds all the way up to the top of the window. If you have blinds or shades without a pull string, like Roman blinds, grab the base of the blinds and tug gently to raise them.

    Vertical Blinds

    Vertical blinds are a little bit trickier to take down on your own, especially because there are so many different ways to install these types of blinds.

    • Open vertical blinds halfway until they are perpendicular to the headrail at the top of the window.

    • Each blind, called a vane, needs to be taken down individually if you want to keep them. To do so, remove the clips at the top of each vane to remove them.

    • The headrail for some vertical blinds will be covered by a valence for decoration. First, you’ll need to unclip the valance from the headrail. Then, you can tug at the base of the valence to remove it.

  2. Open the Headrail Brackets

    For most blinds, there are brackets at each end of the headrail. Use the flathead screwdriver between the bracket and headrail to pry the bracket open carefully.

  3. Remove the Headrail

    Without the brackets securing it in place, you can easily tug and pull out the headrail of horizontal blinds. For vertical blinds, you may need to unscrew the headrail from the wall to remove it. 

    Vertical blinds may be screwed into the wall, or there are spring-loaded options that you can remove by applying pressure and rotating the headrail. Either way, make sure you take down the individual vanes before removing the headrail.

  4. Unscrew the Brackets

    Once the headrail is out of the way, you may want to unscrew the brackets if you plan to put up a different set of blinds or if you’re installing new windows. Otherwise, you can leave the headrail in place if you’re just deep-cleaning your blinds and plan to put them back up. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws and the bracket. If you plan to reuse these items, make sure you collect them in a bag or box and label it for future reference.

  5. Reattach or Install New Blinds

    Once your new windows are installed, or your deep cleaning session is complete, you can reattach your blinds to the window. If you are replacing old blinds with a new set, make sure you measure and level where the new brackets will go. You may need to patch holes from the old brackets if they are visible.

    To reattach blinds:

    • Measure, mark, and level where the new brackets need to go.

    • Use a drill to screw the brackets to the window frame or wall.

    • Place the end caps of the headrail into each bracket.

    • Clip the brackets closed to secure the headrail.

    • Pull down on the pull string to lower the blinds, then open or close them to your liking.

DIY Removing Window Blinds vs. Hiring a Pro

If you follow the instructions above, you should be able to remove and reattach blinds on your own. If this task seems like a bit too much, though, you have options beyond rolling up your own sleeves. You can also call a local window company to remove the blinds for you. A typical service call fee for this job will run you about $75 to $100.

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