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Blind Wand and Cord Tilt Controls


Often the question comes up do you prefer the wand or the cord tilt control for your wood, faux wood, or aluminum blinds. Here is my opinion of the best way to set up your blind controls.

Many people are familiar with the wand to operate the tilt function of the blind and it typically comes on left hand side of your blinds as you face them. This has become what we like to call "standard" controls and is the default when you go to place your order. Many of our customers like the look of the wand and it does help you to remember what side lifts and what side tilts your blinds. However, it is has been my experience that the cord tilt option, which is a free upgrade on any of our wood or faux wood blinds, closes better than the wand. I also like the symmetrical look of having cords on either side. Some times people like to have both the lift and tilt controls of their blinds on the same side. If this is the case, I like to have the wand so that I do not become confused when I need to operate them.

Placement of controls becomes particularly important when you have a large window that requires two blinds on one headrail. Because you will have controls for each individual section of blinds you would end up with very busy looking blind unless you put both the tilt and lift controls together. The most common way is to keep them together and to the outside. That way when you blinds are raised you do not have cords dangling in the middle of your window obstructing your view.

Very rarely we come across a window that requires 3 blinds on one headrail, or an order that is set up that way for customer convenience. You would then have the option to place the controls on all three sections of your blind. Obviously there is no way to avoid the dreaded dangling cord but you can still split the two side controls to the outside but you would have to choose which side to put the middle section controls on. In addition to making decisions on controls you can determine how you would like the blind split. For example if you have a set up where you have a big window between 2 little windows you and the total width is 100 inches you could have each side section at 25" and the middle at 50". This makes for a beautiful custom look and really compliments your window. That is just one more reason to order your custom blinds from SelectBlinds.com!
 

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