How to Fix Your Mini Blinds!

3 Materials
15 Minutes

I don't know what it is about my kids, but they love to break the mini blinds in our apartment. These horizontal blinds are cheap to replace... unless your apartment complex does it for you at $50 each. Ouch! As a frugal mom with four kids, I didn't want to pay to replace three different blinds in our home. So, I figured out how to fix broken mini blinds and saved myself some major money and it was surprisingly VERY easy!

If you have broken blinds like these because of kids (or pets)... or broken ones that look like this:

you do NOT actually have to replace the whole thing! Even though the least expensive mini blinds are around $5 each, I repaired three sets of blinds for $6 (the cost of the mini blinds in the size I needed). These mini blinds above were pretty trashed, so I replaced the entire thing with a new set of blinds and then used the remainer good slats on this one to fix all the other broken mini blinds in my home.

These are the slats I wanted to replace.

First, you'll grab a flat head screwdriver (or a butter knife would work) to pop off the plastic tabs on the right side and the left side on the bottom of the blinds (leave the middle one).

Inside you'll find a knot. I had to get a pair of long-nosed tweezers to grab the knot and pull it out.

Now untie the knot.

Next you'll start unthreading that center string out from all the slats to right above the broken ones. To see the rest of the tutorial head over to my blog:

Suggested materials:
  • Mini Blinds Slats   (Lowes)
  • Flat head screwdriver   (toolbox)
  • Long nose Tweezer
Katelyn Fagan
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  • Susan Susan on Feb 07, 2019

    The cord on my vertical blind that turns the blind came off is there a way to fix Thor easily????

  • Abe Oswal Abe Oswal on May 31, 2019


    The part I need is the white plastic case, that holds the red wheel shown in the photos of Pella Slimshade Blinds made in 1997 by Pella. I can send you these photos if you can send your email address.

    I called Pella, they call this part assembly (Red wheel with white supporting case) “Pella Shade Break”.

    Can you please check if you carry this white plastic case part, or the red wheel assembled with it? If so, how much would that cost me, if need several of these for my 1997 vintage Pella Windows with sandwiched Slimline Blinds between two glass panes?


    Abe Oswal

    Landline 858-756-5613 (Try first, more reliable)

    Cell: 858-353-4480

    San Diego, CA

  • Nancy Karst Nancy Karst on Jul 11, 2019

    Video? Dint understand how to fix blinds.

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  • Jenny Jenny on Nov 12, 2020

    I've been doing this for 45 years so accumulated loads of spare louvres when I shortened them. Unfortunately the manufacturers have cottoned on to this and moved the holes along so new parts can not repair old blinds. 😠

  • Jenny Jenny on Apr 07, 2021

    I've been shortening my blinds and storing the spares for years. Got fed up with saving them as nothing ever happened. Threw them away about two weeks before two ends decided to snap off. Always keep those spares folks!!😂