In my home I have some simple paper blinds. In order to "open" them I have to tediously fold the paper back and forth a few dozen times. I imagine this used to be easier when they were fresh and un-crinkled, but they aren't new anymore. Because they are so inconvenient to open, we usually don't. We have been talking about replacing them with something equipped with a draw-string, but new blinds are so costly. Before we sunk money into new blinds, I wanted to see if I could make better use of the paper we had. I wanted to add a draw-string.
... was simple:
- Run a string through each fold of the paper
- Fix something at the top to act as a pulley
- Leave enough slack to pull on
- Add an eye hook (or something like it) to the top of your window frame, on each side. Place them a few inches in from the side of the window, like typical draw-string blinds. I used the closed loop type and screwed it directly into the top of the wood window frame. A very small one would suffice.
- Bore a hole through each fold in the paper blinds. Fold the paper blinds up one last tedious time; it is easiest to do this while they are completely folded. This also ensures the holes line up. I had planned to use a small drill, but this mini screwdriver didn't require recharging, and worked well enough.
- After both ends have hooks and holes, pass the string up through the holes in the side opposite the intended draw-string and through the eye hook (toward center). I used fishing line (rated 17 pounds) because it will slide easy, and I already had it.
- String the other side:
- Pass the string through the other eye hook, on the side intended to have the draw-string, from center to the outside,
- through your draw-string weight (I used a small washer),
- back through the eye hook to center,
- and finally down through the holes in this side of the paper.
- Tie the end of the string to something that will not allow it to slip out of the holes (again, I used a small washer).
- Set string length:
- Lower the blinds, feeding in as much string as needed to accommodate the full extension.
- Pull out additional slack to provide draw-string desired length.
- Cut other end and tie it in similar fashion to prevent it from slipping.
- Test by pulling on the draw-string. Action should be smooth and easy.