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Considerations When Choosing Your Blind Cord

Most blinds come with a cord of some type to help them properly function. A blind cord, however, can be a dangerous hazard if you have small children or pets as they can become tangled in them. There’s a couple of things that you might want to consider when you are designing your new blinds to ensure the safety of your family. If you have a good design consultant that will go over this with you but some companies neglect to even mention that there are options with the chains or give you the right advice. There are many different mechanisms you can have installed on your new blinds to make sure they are right for you. Here are just a few. . . .

Blind Cord Choices

The first thing you need to decide on when choosing your Blind Cord is simply, which side they will hang. Make sure that it is on the side that is more easily accessible for you. Not on the side that you have furniture on that may obstruct your access to the Blind cord.

The next thing you need to choose is the length of the chain. To ensure safety, it might be a good idea to have the chain up fairly high to ensure it is out of reach of small children or pets. Take note, however, that the shorter the chain is the less distance you can pull the chain which means it’s going to take you longer to pull the blind up and down. If you choose to keep your blind cord long be aware that if the blind cord is lower than 1.6 meters from the ground you need to put a safety device on the chains so the chain can’t be pulled away from the wall. This is a childproof safety device that helps to reduce the risk of children getting caught up in the cord. If you don’t have pets or small children, be aware that if you put the safety device on the blind and you want to pull the blind up or down quite often, you won’t be able to move the chain or rope away from the wall, making it a little more time-consuming to make the blind work. You need to just weigh up what is more practical for you.

The other thing to consider when choosing the blind cord for your new blinds is whether you would like to opt for a plastic or metal chain. You can choose this in accordance to what you find more aesthetically pleasing or on what is going to be more functional. In our opinion, if you want the cord to be noticed as a feature of your new blind, opt for the metal chain. If you are after strength, surprisingly, the plastic rod is a better option. Of course, if you are concerned about safety, or are just after ease, many blinds come with a remote control mechanism, eliminating the need for a blind cord at all! Note, however, that these types of blinds are significantly more expensive.

If you would like any information on our great range of blinds or more information on the blind cords that will accompany your new blinds contact us.

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