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Blinds & Shades Technical Tips

Blind controls Explained

We are often asked which is preferable for tilt control, a wand or a cord. Here is my perspective how best to control your wood or faux wood blinds.

Chances are that you are already familiar with the long wand that many people use to operate the tilt function on their blinds. You will typically find it on left hand side of your. This has become the default control and the default position, and it is the “standard” that you will get when place your order, unless you request it differently.

I can tell you that many of our customers like the clean look of the wand, which doesn't tend to look as messy as cords. However, for something a little counter-intuitive, I have found that the cord closes the slats better than the wand. I also like the symmetrical look of cords hanging on either side. The cord option is a free upgrade on any of our wood or faux wood blinds. Sometimes people prefer to have both the lift and tilt controls on the same side of the window. In such situations, the wand is definitely better, as there is less confusion and less chance of getting cords tangled.

The placement of controls is a critical choice when you have a large window that requires two blinds on a single headrail. Each individual section of the blinds is controlled separately, so your blinds would end up looking incredibly busy if the tilt and lift controls were placed separately. People typically keep them together, and to the outside, so as to avoid cords dangling in the middle of their windows.

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes there is a window so wide that it needs three blinds on a single headrail, or that a customer prefers it that way. In such a case if you want to separately control each blind, you can place two of the three controls on the two sides of the window, but you will still end up with a dangling cord somewhere in the middle. Remember that you do not have to split the blind into three equal parts. For instance, your central section could be wider that the two outer sections and can give a fancy, custom look. This approach is ideal if your window is divided into three pains of unequal size. That is just one more reason to order your custom blinds from SelectBlindsCanada.ca!

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