With the move away from cords, the two main replacement lift systems are Cordless and Lift & Lock. Both systems have their place and use, so let’s jump in and get some idea of what these are.
Cordless is simple, it’s a system that has no outside cords, meaning everything is inside the blind so there is no way to get hung up in them. Cordless is a great option because it offers a smooth lift system that is easy to move. You simply grab the bottom of the shade and push or pull to the desire level and let go. The shade will hold at that position until you push or pull again. This system does have weight limitations so it’s normally only used on cell shades, but its also coming to faux wood lines, and a version of it is available in roller shades. The nice thing about this system is if a window is taller than your reach there is the option to use a pole to extend your reach and make cordless useable on tall windows. Also, with cordless you do not need to be dead center on the shade to operate it. It’s recommended that you are, but not required.
Lift & Lock is the new system that will be replacing strings on most off the self cutdown products that are found in big box stores. Lift & Lock is like cordless but with a parking break. Meaning that you have to push a button to unlock the shade and then pull or push to the desired location and let go, thus setting the parking break on the shade. This system is nice because it allows for larger sizes and more weight. But there are some similar downsides to Lift & Lock and Cordless, for example the size and location of the window can be a limiting factor. The reach of the customer can limit the use of this system. Unlike Cordless there is no option to use a pole to control this product. And lastly, the Lift & Lock button is always centered on the bottom of the shade, again, making it difficult if it’s behind a couch or other obstacles. These factors are always taken into account when we are looking at a window and recommending a lift system. There are always a few windows that we need to change the lift system on because of these issues. We joke that’s where the “custom” part of our name comes in!
Both of these products are approved under the new child safety rules that go into effect December 15th 2018.