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Corded vs. Cordless Window Treatments: What’s the Difference?

To cord or not to cord? That is the question. At The Shade Store, a commonly asked question our expert Design Consultants get is, “What’s better, corded or cordless window treatments?” The short answer is: It depends on the window and the room. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the key differences and how to decide on the best solution for your windows.

Corded Shades, Blinds & Drapery

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The Shade Store offers corded options for all of our custom window treatments: Roller Shades, Roman Shades, Pleated Shades, Cellular Shades, Woven Wood Shades, Wood Blinds, Metal Blinds and Drapery.

Depending on the type of window treatment style you choose, your cord — or control — options may be Continuous Loop or Cord Lock.

The Continuous Loop control option is just that: A loop of either cloth cord or chain that is always the same length and kept tight by an included tension device — designed for child safety. Pull one side of the cord and the window treatment opens; Pull the other side and the window treatment closes. We recommend the Continuous Loop control option for larger, heavier shades, drapery and blinds and high windows — it makes opening and closing them easy.

The Cord Lock control option is designed with a hanging cord. Simply unlock the shade by simply pulling the cord to the center and lock it by pulling it to the outer edge. The Cord Lock control option includes a decorative pull, a magnetized cord condenser for child safety, and a cord cleat to wrap the extra cord around. We recommend the Cord Lock control option for smaller, lighter shades.

Come see us at your local showroom or request a complimentary design consultation, and our expert Design Consultants would be happy to walk you through finding the best corded window treatment options for your windows — however you choose to shop.

Cordless Shades, Blinds & Draperycordless shades


If you are looking for a control option that offers a clean look with no cords, The Shade Store also offers cordless control options for custom Shades, Blinds and Drapery.

Our Cordless Shades and Blinds are specially designed to be opened and closed effortlessly with a gentle pull. We recommend the Cordless Control option for smaller, lighter shades and blinds, and windows that are low enough for you to reach the top — allowing you to completely open and close the window treatments.

For Drapery and Vertical Blinds, The Shade Store offers a Baton control option to easily open and close your window treatments without cords.

Visit your local showroom or request a design consultation today and we’ll gladly walk you through all of your control options.

Motorized Window Treatments

The Shade Store is proud to offer the ultimate in cordless window treatments. Our advanced motors and automation by Lutron let you synchronize multiple window treatments, set your favorite positions and schedule timers with a remote, smartphone, tablet or home automation system. Motorization is available for nearly all window treatments and integrates seamlessly with all major home automation systems. We call it Motorization Made Simple.

Motorization Features

Smart Home Integration: Control window treatments with your voice. Our motors work with all major home automation systems.

Three Power Options: Rechargeable Battery, Solar & Plug-In. All whisper-quiet and ready to handle window treatments of any size.

App & Remote Control: Use The Shade Store’s official app or remote control to open and close your window treatments.

To learn more about our corded and cordless window treatment options, including Motorization Made Simple, come see us at your local showroom, request a design consultation or shop online at theshadestore.com.