Get Rolling Again: A Handy Guide to Fixing Uncooperative Roller Shades


At Made in the Shade East Orlando, we know how frustrating it can be when your roller shades refuse to cooperate. These versatile window treatments are designed to offer ease of use and style, but sometimes they can get stuck or fail to roll up properly. Whether you’re dealing with roller shades, roller window shades, or even motorized roller shades, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to troubleshoot and fix your stubborn roller shades. Remember, if you ever need professional help or want to explore new options, we’ll bring the showroom to you with a free in-home consultation. Give us a call at (407) 476-6741 or visit us here.

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Step 1: Identify the Problem

Before you can fix your roller shades for windows, you need to identify what’s causing the issue. Common problems include:

  • Loose or damaged spring mechanism
  • Obstructions in the roller
  • Misaligned or broken chain or cord

Step 2: Check the Spring Mechanism

For manual roller shades, the spring mechanism is often the culprit when the shade won’t roll up. To fix this:

  1. Remove the Shade: Carefully take the shade off the mounting brackets.
  2. Inspect the Spring: Look for any signs of damage or looseness.
  3. Re-tension the Spring: If the spring is loose, manually roll the shade back up tightly and reattach it. Pull it down slightly and let it roll back up to see if it now functions properly.

Step 3: Clear Obstructions

Sometimes, dirt or debris can block the roller mechanism:

  1. Remove the Shade: Again, take the shade off the brackets.
  2. Clean the Roller: Use a damp cloth to wipe down the roller and remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Lubricate if Necessary: If the roller feels stiff, a light application of silicone spray can help.

Step 4: Check the Chain or Cord

For shades with a chain or cord:

  1. Inspect the Chain or Cord: Look for any signs of wear, fraying, or misalignment.
  2. Realign or Replace: If the chain or cord is out of place, carefully realign it. If it’s damaged, it might need to be replaced.

Step 5: Motorized Roller Shades

If you have motorized roller shades that won’t roll up:

  1. Check the Power Source: Ensure the shades are properly connected to their power source. Check batteries if they are battery-operated.
  2. Reset the Motor: Sometimes, resetting the motor can solve the issue. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific reset procedures.
  3. Check for Obstructions: Like manual shades, motorized shades can also be blocked by debris. Clear any obstructions around the roller.

When to Call the Professionals

If these steps don’t resolve the issue, it might be time to call in the professionals. At Made in the Shade East Orlando, we offer comprehensive services, including professional measuring and installation. Whether you need repair or want to upgrade to the latest in blackout roller shades or motorized options, we’re here to help.


Roller shades are a stylish and practical choice for any home, but when they don’t work correctly, they can be a hassle. By following these steps, you can often fix the problem yourself. However, if you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

We’ll bring the showroom to you! Schedule a free in-home consultation to explore the wide range of roller shades, including motorized and blackout options, by calling (407) 476-6741 or visiting us here.

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