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October 10, 2019

How do cordless window treatments work?

by Christen

Hunter Douglas Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades Cordless

During your in-home design consultation, one important question our designer will ask is how you wish to operate your window treatments. Now you may be thinking – “that’s a silly question, you just pull the cord or tilt the wand.” But there are actually many more options beyond basic, corded functionality when you choose a custom-made solution over ready-made.

What are the benefits of cordless blind and shades?

While ease of operation may be the biggest selling point for a cordless lift system, but no operating cords also means a clean, uncluttered look at the window. Dangling strings can not only detract from the beauty of a shade, but they can also pose a major risk to small children and pets, making cordless lift systems the safest choice for homes with furry friends and little ones.

Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood Shades Cordless

How do cordless window treatments work?

With cordless window treatments, all the strings and mechanisms that raise and lower your blinds or shades are designed to live inside the window treatment. Innovative interior holds allow the window covering to stay securely in any position—eliminating the need to constantly adjust window treatments and ensuring continuously smooth operation.

One caveat with cordless blinds is the tilt wand. While cordless window shadings can be tilted by simply adjusting the bottom rail, cordless blinds will still feature a thin dangling tilt wand.

What are the best cordless window treatment styles?

All Hunter Douglas blinds, cellular shades, roller shades, screen shades, woven shades, Roman shades, and window shadings can be made cordless for easy operation. Interior shutters are also inherently cordless and are a great alternative to blinds and shades, especially in homes with a more traditional decorating style.

What cordless lift systems does Hunter Douglas offer?

Hunter Douglas Parkland Wood Blinds with SimpleLift


Available on Hunter Douglas blinds, the cordless SimpleLift™ system allows homeowners to effortlessly raise and lower window treatments by simply pushing a button on the bottom rail. Your blinds stay exactly where you placed them within the window.

Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades with LiteRise Cordless


The innovative LiteRise® lift system makes raising and lowering blinds and shades easier than ever. Simply push up on the bottom rail to raise or pull down to lower. Your window treatments will stay exactly where you placed them.

This system is available on most Hunter Douglas blinds and shades, including Duette® Honeycomb Shades and Parkland® Wood Blinds.

Hunter Douglas Pirouette Window Shadings with UltraGlide


The UltraGlide® operating system features a retractable cord or wand (depending on your window treatment choice) that raises and lowers your shade or shading while maintaining a constant cord length.

This system is available on many Hunter Douglas blinds and shades, including Pirouette® Window Shadings and Designer Banded Shades.

Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades with SoftTouch Motorization

SoftTouch™ Motorization

SoftTouch is a battery-powered lift system with wand-controlled operation. It’s the perfect solution for homeowners that want the ease of motorization, but are overwhelmed by the thought of fully automated functionality. To operate, gently pull down on the wand to lower your shades and push up to raise them. An added feature is the ability to set a favorite shade position within the window.

This system is available on most Hunter Douglas shades, including Silhouette® Window Shadings and Designer Roller Shades.

Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers PowerView Motorization App

PowerView® Motorization

PowerView® Motorization is the most advanced cordless operating system from Hunter Douglas. Homeowners can operate window treatments using a remote, app or even their voice. Move your window treatments on demand or for the ultimate smart home experience, program your blinds, shades or shutters to automatically move to your preferred position throughout the day. You can even access your shades remotely from anywhere in the world using your smartphone or tablet.

PowerView integrates with other smart home devices and systems, including Amazon Alexa and Siri® on your Apple device or the Google Assistant.

This system is available on most Hunter Douglas blinds, shades and shutters and is compatible with other advanced features, like Top-Down/Bottom-Up functionality.

Schedule your consultation!

Ready to explore a cordless window covering solution for your home? Schedule a free in-home design consultation with a designer near you. To request an appointment, click here.



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