How to Shut Window Blinds

Window blinds come in a variety of materials, sizes and designs. The design of a set of blinds usually determines the way an operator shut them. Some blinds have horizontal slats, while others have vertical slats. Horizontal slats go up and down while vertical slats move side-to-side. Shutting window blinds takes place in two phases: shutting the blinds over the door or window and then shutting the slats.

Vertical Blinds

Shut window blinds to maintain your privacy.
  1. Grab the tilt rod and pull it to move the blind slats across the headrail track. Keep moving the rod until the blinds shut.

  2. Twist the tilt rod until the slats in the blind shut. It doesn't matter which way you twist the rod. If your vertical blinds close using a draw string, go to Step 3.

  3. Grab the draw string and pull up or down on it until the blind slats shut.

Horizontal Blinds

  1. Grab the lift cord of the blind. It's usually on the right-hand side.

  2. Pull the cord toward the left to unlock the mechanism that keeps the blind slats up next to the head rail. Gently slacken the cord and allow the blinds to come down. Continue providing slack until the blinds shut.

  3. Grab the tilt wand and twist it to the right or to the left to shut the blind slats.


  • Keep lift cords tied up to keep small children from strangling in them.