What’s the Difference Between Corded and Cordless Window Coverings?

Modern, minimalist office with LEVOLOR 2" Cordless Faux Wood Blinds
LEVOLOR® 2″ Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Classic White

First things first, when we talk about corded and cordless window treatments, we’re talking specifically about the lift style. Corded window coverings have lift cords that allow you to raise, lower, or tilt the slats. Whereas cordless window coverings operate without those long cords.

Cordless lifts are the safest lift style for homes with small children and even pets because the dangling lift cords on corded window coverings are a potential hazard for small children. That’s why SelectBlinds became the first custom window covering company to offer cordless options on all products in March 2016.

And for October 2023, we’re offering a free Cordless Lift Upgrade on applicable products to raise awareness for National Window Covering Safety Month.

Why Do My Blinds Still Have Cords if I Have a Cordless Lift?

Cordless doesn’t mean all cords are gone. Small cords are still present on horizontal window blinds, but these are called “ladder cords.” They are the thin cords that hold the slats together and “float” in between the space when the slats are open. As you can see in the picture, they don’t freely dangle off to the side like lift cords.

Close up shot of 2" Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Birch Embossed

Blinds with Ladder Cords

Pictured: 2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Birch Embossed

When you select Cordless Lift for these blinds, the lift cords are removed and the ladder cords and wand remain present. A plastic lift is added, and you’re able to raise and lower the shades by lightly pushing or pulling the blinds.

Can I Still Order Corded Window Coverings?

Corded window coverings are still an option at SelectBlinds. To ensure safety, we automatically include free cord cleats in your corded window treatment order.

Close up of 1" Architect Aluminum Blinds in Brushed Aluminum

Cord cleats easily attach to the wall on either side of the window. They’re used to wrap the window covering’s lift cords around them, keeping the cords tied neatly up and out of reach.

We recommend using two cleats stacked together to securely wrap the cords.

Pictured: 1″ Architect Aluminum Blinds in Brushed Aluminum

Choosing the Right Fit for Your Home

When deciding between corded and cordless window coverings, consider the following factors to help you choose:

  • Safety: If you have young children or pets, cordless options are undoubtedly the safer choice. They eliminate the risk of entanglement accidents associated with cords.
  • Style: Corded coverings often have a more traditional aesthetic, while cordless options lend a modern, minimalist look.
  • Convenience: You can adjust your window treatments from your couch with certain lift styles, like remote control motorization and automation.
    • Note: Only a handful of horizontal blinds offer motorization. The product will say “Motorization Available” and include it in the lift styles section.
Retro home office with 2" Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Misty Fog
2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Misty Fog

It’s Up to You Now!

In the end, the choice between corded and cordless window coverings comes down to your personal preferences and priorities. Ready to find your perfect match? Order free samples to find your favorite style and color! Select up to 15 free samples per day.

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