How to Fix a Broken String in a Pull Curtain Rod


Even if the string on a pull-cord curtain breaks, the rod does not necessarily have to be thrown out with it. These very useful rods make it possible to open and close huge curtains with ease, as well as operate curtains in areas that are not readily accessible, such as behind a couch. According to Zebra Blinds, if you spend a little bit of time and follow the cord-threading recommendations provided by drapery installers, you will be able to rethread a curtain pull cord with confidence in your ability to achieve the desired result.


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  1. 1. Remove the Curtains and the Rod

    According to the recommendations of the Curtain Company, you should pull the curtains off of the pin carriers and remove the rod from the brackets. The component portions of the rod that meet in the centre are called the component parts of the rod. The first one has an arm that may be placed over the second one. This component, known as the overlap carrier, is normally located on the left-hand side of the curtain rod. The underlap carrier is the name of the other kind of centre carrier. When brought together, these two halves form a single unit in the centre of the curtain. The overlap carrier places the curtain such that the centre edge on the left is positioned over the edge in the centre on the right.

  2. 2. Analyze the Pulleys and Cord

    Take a look at the pulleys that are attached to the end of the rod. Each end is equipped with a pair of pulleys. One of them is located quite close to the rod’s outside border and is also near the rod’s top. The second pulley may be found near the rod’s centre and a little distance below the first pulley. In addition, there is a cord channel on the side of the rod that is opposite the window. The cables and pin carriers pass through this channel.

  3. 3. Lay Down the Rod on a Surface

    Place the rod on the ground so that the cord channel is facing upward. We are going to proceed with the assumption that the overlap carrier is on the left for these instructions. In the event that your overlap carrier is on the right, you will need to switch the directions of the cording.

  4. 4. Remove the Old Cord

    After removing the old cord, cut a new one to the same length as the previous one plus 8 inches. If you don’t have your cord, the length of cord you’ll need is equal to twice the width of the curtain rod, twice the length of the draw cord, which is the long loop that hangs down the side of the drapes, plus 8 inches. If you don’t have your cord, the length of cord you’ll need is equal to twice the width of the curtain rod. Generally speaking, the draw cord will be located on the same end of the rod as the overlap carrier. It will be much easier to thread the cable through the cord channel if you first wrap the ends of the cord with some transparent tape.

  5. 5. Prepare a Paper Clip

    Either straighten out a paper clip so that it has a little hook on one end, or have a crochet hook that is smaller than 1 millimetre in size on hand.

  6. 6. Feed the Clip Through to Move the Cord

    Put one end of the cord through the top pulley on the left end of the rod, which is located on the pulley’s outer edge. Allow it to pass over the pulley and into the cord channel when it’s done. To advance the cable down the channel and beneath any pin carriers in order to reach the overlap carrier, make use of your threading tool as required. The overlap carrier has a pair of inconspicuous holes that run parallel to the track channel. You may reach into the left hole with your tool and pull the cable up from the channel all the way to the surface. Binder clips should be used to secure the end of the cable. Check that the cable is not slipping out of the clip.

  7. 7. Use the Paper Clip to Thread the Cord

    Take hold of the end of the cord that is still attached to the rod, and thread it through the gap that can be found between the two pulleys on the rod’s left end. This is the side with the loop for the cable. Do not remove the loop of cable that has been planned to hang freely from the pulleys. Utilizing your feeding tool, slide the end so that it goes over the top of the pulley on the right-hand side, into the track channel, under the pin carriers, and under the centre carrier on the left. Additionally, there are two tiny holes that run parallel to the track channel in the underlap carrier, which may be found to the right of the centre. Make use of the instrument you have available to thread the cable through the opening on the left. Move it such that it goes backwards through the opening on the right and into the channel. Make use of the instrument you have to guide the rope beneath the pin carriers and along the channel until it reaches the pulleys on the right.

  8. 8. Secure the Cord Around the Pulleys

    Twist the rope so that it passes over the top pulley on the outside, then down the edge, and finally back up between the pulleys. Make use of the tool you have available to shift the cable across to the left pulley. Put up some extra effort. It is imperative that the rope be wrapped safely around the pulleys located on this side of the rod. Move the rope toward the centre while feeding it into the channel and passing it beneath the pin bearers.

  9. 9. Tie the Two Cords Together

    Bring the cable up through the hole on the back of the overlap carrier that is located on the right side of the carrier, and then pass it under the right-hand carrier. After removing the binder clip, join the two cords together using a square knot that is pulled very tight. Leave an inch of extra cord on each one after the knot, and then cut off the rest.

  10. 10. Tighten the Cords in Position

    By bringing the underlap and overlap carriers together in the centre of the track channel, you may eliminate any slack in the cables that are being used in that channel. While you pull the draw cord to eliminate any slack, hold them in place in the correct orientation.

  11. 11. Rehang the Rod and Drapes

    Rehang the curtains on the rod, then reposition the rod so that it sits above the brackets.

    Things You Will Need

    • Tape measure

    • Drapery pull cord

    • Scissors

    • Clear tape

    • Paper clip

    • 1mm crochet hook

    • Binder clip