The Dos and Don'ts of Cordless Blinds

Abigail Sawyer | 23 Apr 2013 | Child Safety

the dos and don'ts of cordless blinds

No matter how insignificant it may seem, intuitive design can remove many of life's little headaches add to stress and frustration. Have you ever made a fool of yourself jerking a blinds cord from side to side trying to adjust it? We believe that basic operation shouldn't be a challenge. That's why offers an alternative that makes raising your blinds effortless, and even a little fun - a cordless lift.

The Dos and Don'ts of Cordless Blinds

Cordless lift systems are available for roman shades, cellular shades, aluminum blinds, wood blinds and more, to bring convenience and clean lines. However, it's important to know when and where they're the right choice.

When to Go Cordless: Brand Fabric Roman Shades Roman Shades

If you have kids or pets. Window cords may become your curious toddler's magic lasso, or kitten's new favorite plaything without proper supervision. These household hazards can lead to strangulation or death.

Window coverings without accessible cords are recommended for children's rooms or anywhere in homes with kids or pets. However, not all window coverings with a cordless option are safe for kids. We recommend products like cordless cellular shades, cordless roller shades, draperies and shutters.

Shop all of our safer for kids blinds and shades here. Brand 3/8 Inch Double Cell Blackout Shades Cellular Shades

Walls With Many Windows. If your windows are in a wide range of shapes and sizes, cordless blinds will give a uniform look. Uncomplicated hardware gives clean lines and allows many shades to be adjusted quickly and easily.

Levolor 2 Inch Premium Wood Blinds

Levolor 2 Inch Premium Wood Blinds

For Focal Windows. Highlight beautiful windows in your home with the clean lines of a cordless blind or shade. When raised, cordless blinds are practically invisible. No dangling cords get in the way of a beautiful view.

When To Think Twice About Cordless:

Norman Blackout Cellular Shades Cellular Shades

Wide Windows. A continuous cord loop is recommended for shades over 120 inches wide. This lift system evenly distributes the weight of the shade to the cord for less labored operation. Because a shade of this width would require two people to raise and lower it evenly, cordless is not recommended.

Bali Northern Heights 2 Inch Wood Blinds

Bali Northern Heights 2 Inch Wood Blinds

Windows Behind Furniture. Because cordless shades are raised and lowered by moving the bottom rail, cordless is not recommended for situations where the bottom half of the shade is obstructed. Cords allow a shade to be operated regardless of furniture in front. Brand 1/2 Inch Aluminum Mini Blinds Brand 1/2 inch Aluminum Mini Blinds

High Windows. Blinds out of reach can't be operated with a cordless lift system. Corded or motorized blinds are recommended in these situations. A good rule of thumb is to only use cordless when you can reach the top of the window without a ladder.

Levolor 2 Inch Premium Wood Blinds

Levolor 2 Inch Premium Wood Blinds

If Lifting Is Difficult. While many of our shades are lightweight, if you're not as strong as you used to be, you might want to think twice about cordless. A continuous cord loop requires the least effort to operate and is a good alternative for those with lifting restrictions.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw