Most people don’t put much thought into blinds cord types. They seem pretty unimportant, generally. However, each cord type has its benefits and drawbacks. Each one works better in a different environment. So, what’s the lowdown on blinds cord types?
Standard Pull Cord
The standard pull cord is something everyone is familiar with. These pull cords are thin and long, usually in bundles of 3 strings, and typically have a small plastic cone or bulb on the end.
The most prominent reason these cords are one of the most popular blinds cord types is because of how fast they are to use. You can pull the blinds up in under a second, and put them down just as fast. This makes them great for in-home use and use in offices.
Where standard pull cords fall short is in safety and appearance. If looking for a very neat appearance, a cord that hangs freely is not the ideal look. When the blinds are open, a standard pull cord can be so long that it drags on the floor. This is both unattractive and can become a tripping hazard. Not to mention, even when the blinds are closed and the cord is retracted, it’s still long enough for small children to play with, making it a strangling hazard.
All in all, these are very good for casual settings where small children won’t have access to them. To improve safety, they can be draped over the fascia or even braided to make them shorter.
Pulley chains are frequently seen on shades, screens, and honeycomb blinds. These little chains are the kind made up of little, round spheres and are typically attached to the wall. To use them, you simply pull on one side. One side will make the blinds go up, and the other will make the blinds go down.
These are common in settings that are meant to be clean and tidy in appearance. For instance, in a meeting room with window shades. The cord can also be allowed to hang freely, allowing some personalization, rather than anchored to the wall. However, this diminishes the clean, controlled appearance of them.
Another benefit of this cord type is that it’s fairly safe for small children. While children may try to mess with them, if they’re anchored to the wall, there’s little they can do with them.
The downside to these pulley chains it that they’re much slower to use. They typically have more resistance than standard pull cords – a tradeoff for their tidiness. Another element that slows down their use is their proximity to the wall. Fitting your fingers between the chain and wall can be ever so slightly slower than a pull cord and is less comfortable.
And, last but not least, we have cordless blinds. These can work one of two ways. There are manual, cordless blinds, which involve grabbing the bottom of a shade and pulling quickly. This movement unlocks a spring-loaded coil, allowing the shade or blinds to move upon their own. Then, they can be pulled back down, and will stay put when let go.
Secondly, there are motorized, cordless blinds. These don’t require any contact at all, and can be controlled from an app on your phone. These are, no doubt, the cleanest, safest, and easiest blinds to use.
No matter what kind of blinds you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call at Domir Blinds and we’ll ensure you leave with a set of blinds that make you happy.