Wands and Cords for Blinds and Shades

Blinds now on the market are exciting! Much different from selections 10 to 20 years ago, you can now find literally anything you want. For example, if you love rich elegance, something sophisticated and stylish, then perhaps natural bamboo would work best. This material is available in many wonderful colors and designs as well. However, if you like a softer, more contemporary look, you could choose from whitewashed or pastel-colored vinyl blinds.


As a part of any blind you buy, you will have a few decisions to make. One decision has to do with the type of mount. For this, you could mount the blinds on the inside of the window frame, which is appropriately called an inside mount. However, if you want something bolder, a look that covers up unsightly wood, then you could choose an outside mount in which the blinds would be hung over the wood frame and into the wall.

Wand, Cord, or Both

Another decision you will need to make when buying blinds is to go with a wand or cord system, or perhaps both. The wand is usually a plastic, long tubular wand that works the tilt function of the blinds. Most often, the wand is located on the left-hand side of the blinds but not always. The wand is nice for slats that tilt, which allows you to control the amount of light that filters into the room.

While many people still prefer the wand type system, others like the cord mechanism, which allows them to open or close the blinds fully. With cords, you will find them designed on either side of the blinds or both sides, which creates a nice, symmetrical look. Keep in mind that more and more, we are seeing the two operating mechanisms combined. With this, you can take complete control of the view to the outside world.


Although most people give little thought to the placement of the cord or wand, you should. For instance, if you are right-handed and the wand is on the left-hand side, you would have to use the left hand or reach over to open the slats with the right hand, which would be awkward. It may not sound like a big deal now, but you can be sure that you have to fight the windows every time you want to see outside or create some privacy, it would become annoying.

Cord Control

Typically, seeing three blinds on a window is uncommon. Most often, people have a single or double window. However, if you happen to need to third set of blinds, you definitely do not want a cord hanging down the middle of your view. In this case, you can choose to have just the two side controls, with one linked to the middle window. Now, the most convenient option is to purchase blinds that can be operated with remote control. These are not as expensive as you might think and the ease is worth the investment.