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How to Restring Roll-up Bamboo Blinds

Today, I’m sharing an easy method to restring roll-up bamboo blinds.  You might wonder why I’m sharing this – but it is a great tip, easy to do and will probably save you the cost of a new blind. 

You can restring old blinds if the cord is damaged – I’ll show you how

We use bamboo roll-up blinds in our kitchen and bathrooms, and we have a lot of windows in those rooms, I’m talking nine blinds in total.  After about two years, we noticed that the cord perished, due to the harsh sun these blinds are exposed to.  This means that the cord does not want to pass through the pulleys anymore, and then you can’t adjust the length.  It also creates a lot of dust particles every time you touch the cord – yuk! 

Roll-up Blind Before |

I knew I did not want to replace the blinds entirely because it gets expensive, pretty fast.  So, when we revamped our family bathroom, I decided to restring the blinds instead to save cost.  I’ll talk you through the process too, and maybe it’ll help you out!  But first, we need to look at the terminology to make the task easier.

Roll-up Blind Restring Diagram

The sketch makes it pretty clear – You have two hooks at the back, two pulleys, one of which has a cord lock and lastly two cords, one long, one short.  If you understand where the different parts are, it will make the next steps easier.

Restring Roll-up Blinds Diagram |

Supplies Used

  • Your old bamboo roll-up blind
  • Scissors
  • A lighter
  • New cord/rope
Supplies |

I struggled to find the right cord.  Firstly, it had to be a suitable colour, secondly, thin enough to be thread through the pulley and thirdly, UV resistant so we would not have the exact same problem in a year.  I finally found paracord that matched all the criteria.  It might be overkill, but it was the only suitable rope I could find. 

How to restring roll-up blinds without wasting cord

With the first blind, I found it difficult to determine the length of the cord, and as a result, I ended up with a lot of waste.  The paracord is a bit expensive, and it is not ideal to have a lot of waste, so I devised a method that leaves you with zero-waste.  First of all, remove the old cord and lay the blind out completely flat.  Keep the end beads to attach to the new cord.

Step 1

Do not cut your new cord; work with the entire bundle.  I start by sealing the cord with a lighter – be very careful with this step!  Then feed the loose end through the first (left) and second (right) pulleys as shown in the photo.

Feed Cord through pulleys |

Step 2

Loop the cord and feed it back through the second pulley.

Pulley with cord lock |

Step 3

Be sure to keep the loop at the second pulley, do not let it pass through the pulley. 

Restring Roll-up Blinds |

Step 4

Take the loose end of the cord, loop it around the back of the blind and tie it to the triangular hook on the right.

Tie cord to triangular hook |

Step 5

Tighten the cord along the path you just fed it, this removes excess cord.  But it is essential to keep you blind lying flat and not to let it roll up yet.  Once you’ve tightened the cord at the second pulley, loop it around to the back and tie it to the triangular hook on the left.  Now you can cut the cord and seal the end.  See, no waste.

Keep look and tie to second hook |

Step 6

Cut the loop at the second pulley, thread the beads, tie a knot and pull the knot into the bead.

Cut loop and thread beads |

That’s it; you are done!  It might seem a bit complicated, but if you just follow the correct path, you can’t mess it up!  Even though the cord I use is a bit expensive, it is still cheaper to restring the blinds than to buy new ones!

Blind completed |

Watch the video here:

I’ve also created a quick video to show you the steps and help out with all the confusing terms, hooks, pulleys and loops. You can watch it right here.

You can also make your own blinds

Have you attempted this DIY too?  And do you realise that if you can restring roll-up blinds that you can, therefore, make your own ones, using this method?  I’ve been struggling with finding blinds that are long enough to use on our back porch, but I might make some now!  You can certainly use canvas, a bamboo mat or fabric.  Attach the pulleys and triangular hooks at the top (remember to leave a fringe to cover the pulleys), and add a wooden dowel for the bottom rail.

Bamboo Roll-up Blind |

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I would love to hear from you in the comments below if you try to restring your roll-up blinds! Let me know how they turn out!

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Take Care, until next time!

Junette |

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  • Lesley

    Thank you for this description, I’m wondering how much paracord I would need for one blind….50′? It does seem complicated, I hope I can do it!

    July 3, 2020 at 11:39 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Lesley
      The paracord I used came in a 15.25m (50′) length bundle. I managed to get three blinds done per packet (so that is roughly 16’8″). Take time to look at how the existing cord works before you take it out – that helps a lot. Good luck. Let me know how it turned out.

      July 4, 2020 at 9:35 pm Reply
    • Michana Buchman

      How are the blinds attached to the wall, and why do you cut the cord and put beads on it? Safety?

      August 2, 2021 at 12:29 am Reply
      • Junette

        Hi Michana
        My blinds have two sets of two triangular hooks at the back. I tie the cord to one of the hooks and the other slots over screws installed in the wall.
        I put the beads back on because the blinds came with them initially. It might be for aesthetic reasons, and maybe so the cord does not pull through the pulley from that side – but If you prefer, I guess you can leave them off.

        August 3, 2021 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    Great info on restringing bamboo blinds. What was the brand name and where did you buy your paracord?

    January 5, 2021 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Sharon, thank you for commenting! I used “Coghlan’s Nylon Paracord” in the tan colour. I got mine at Outdoor Warehouse (South Africa).

      January 5, 2021 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • carolyn pearce

    Need a video, your instructions of which string to loop and where are confusing

    March 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Carolyn. Thank you for your comment. I’ve gone ahead and shot a quick video of the process. You can find the video above in the updated post.

      March 23, 2021 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Joanne

    I would like to make a corded shade from a “cordless” new shade. Would you know where I purchase the correct pulleys and if they are easily attached? Thanks so much!

    April 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Joanne. I’ve searched on Amazon – and they have similar products used for roman blinds that should also work in the same way. You can search for “roman blinds cord pulley.” I’ve also struggled to find the exact product – but I think similar products will also do the trick. And if you are in South Africa, Leroy Merlin has products that will definitely work.

      April 23, 2021 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Ann

    This was very helpful. Thank you.

    May 4, 2021 at 3:45 am Reply
  • Linda

    The triangular hook fell off my new bamboo blinds, and the cords are all over the place. Spent an hour trying to get them straightened out, no luck. Will try to follow your video and see if I can straighten them out.

    June 2, 2021 at 4:00 am Reply
    • Junette

      Argh, that is terrible! I hope you get it untangled and fixed. The diagram will show you where to use the long & short cords, and the video will help you out on how to restring the blind. Good luck!

      June 2, 2021 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Kevin Fujita

    Have you ever had to re-string a 3 pulley, 3 loop bamboo blinds? I’m at a loss for how it even works out. I’ve thought a bunch of scenarios in my head, but all lead back to how it was done in the first place. There are three pulleys & three looped cords to roll up the blind, but the end of the cord to pull up is also looped. So it seems it is a continuous loop, but it doesn’t make sense to me on how to re-string it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    July 6, 2021 at 12:13 am Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Kevin. Thank you for your comment. I don’t even think I’ve seen a blind like that. If the blind is still mostly functioning, that will be your best bet to try and figure it out. If not – maybe you could send me photos to junette[at], and I could do some research on it.

      July 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Robin

    Thank you!!! So easy! My blinds never worked this well originally!

    July 20, 2021 at 1:18 am Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Robin. I’m glad this tutorial helped you out!

      July 22, 2021 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    Thank you so much! We have the same issue with some of our blinds that are now discontinued. Given we have 6 windows in the front of the house that I think should match, repairing the worn cords will save us a bundle. I appreciate the video too.

    July 31, 2021 at 10:55 pm Reply
  • Sue Cravener

    What diameter of cord did you use on the bamboo rollup blinds i got the length per each. I just need to know what size is correct to fit through the pulleys. Thank you..sue cravener

    October 13, 2021 at 3:58 am Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Sue
      I can’t find the diameter on the product info for the paracord I used, but it measures about 3-4mm (0.118-0.157 inches). If you still have the existing cord, look at the diameter and get something similar in size. The paracord is thicker than our original cord but still works pretty well. So a bit thicker is ok, as long as it still fits in your pulley system.

      October 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Claudia

    Thank you for this! My old cord dry rotted a few years ago, and I put off replacing it because I thought it would be too complicated. This tutorial made it doable!

    January 14, 2022 at 11:47 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Great video, so easy to follow. Thanks!

    February 3, 2022 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Frizzy Radon

    Very helpful video. I am in Usa and trying to restring three loop roll up shades that have taken a lot of wear over the years. I like the metal pully and cord lock. Everything I see is plastic and used for light weight fabric roman shades. Any idea where I can get the same sturdy hardware you use

    October 5, 2022 at 8:28 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Hi there. Thank you for the comment. I’ve struggled to find similar hardware, but Amazon has some pulleys that might work. Search for “mini pulley.” This gives a couple of options for metal pulleys, some of which might be small enough to use for your blinds. They do not have cord locks, but if you put a hook on the wall to wrap the cord around, you can lock it in place that way.

      Hope this helps.

      October 8, 2022 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Tina

    Hi, was wondering what diameter/thickness was the cord as I’ll probably have to order sight unseen

    December 25, 2022 at 6:05 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Hi Tina
      The cord I used was 3mm thick, it was Coghlan’s Nylon Paracord in the tan colour. I hope you find something that works.

      January 20, 2023 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Bamboo Blinds

    Great, Good information very useful…

    February 2, 2024 at 5:57 pm Reply
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