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Bottom Chains
Bottom Rail
Bottom Weights
Braided Ladder
Child Safety Tassles
Continuous Cord Loop
Controls, Vertical Blinds
Cord Cleat
Cord Lock
Day/Night Shade
Decorative Shutter Hardware
Duotone (Duo)
Dust Cover Valance
EasyGlide / EasyLift / EasyRise
Extension Brackets
Freehanging Blinds
Hold Down Brackets
Inserted Blinds
Inside Mount
Outside Mount
Pinlight (PINLT)
Quarter Round Top
Roll Type
Room Darkening
Rout Holes
Sheerview (SHRVW)
Skytrack Skylight
Soft Touch Cord Release
Transom Top
Top Down/Bottom Up

Bottom Chains
All our freehanging fabric vertical blinds include bottom weights which are inserted into the bottom of each vertical vane to keep them hanging neat and tidy. For particularly active areas, some customers prefer to add bottom chains as well to help prevent large motions among the vanes. Bottom chains for fabric blinds come with clips to fasten the chain to the side of the vanes. There is no additional charge when requested at the time the blinds are ordered.

Bottom Rail
This is the bottom most piece of a horizontal blind. If your blinds have hold down brackets, the brackets are attached to the ends of the bottom rail.

Bottom Weights
These 2" high weights are inserted into the bottoms of all free hanging fabric vertical blinds. The weights help keep the vanes in place and maintain a crisp, straight look.

Braided Ladder  return to top
The two outside strings that hold a horizontal blind together is the braided ladder. The middle string running through the slat is the lift cord. The braided ladder attaches at the headrail, goes through the middle of the slats, and finishes at the bottom rail. If you choose decorative tapes, they will cover the braided ladder.

Child Safety Tassels
Child-safe tassels are designed to separate into two parts if pressure is exerted upon it. Breakaway tassels are a safety feature that prevents a child or pet from getting tangled in a hanging cord. For additional safety, use cord cleats or continuous cord loops.

Continuous Cord Loop
Allows your blind to be raised and lowered while the cord tensioner remains in place. The cord tensioner must be mounted to the window frame or wall for the blind to operate. This is an important safety feature that prevents children and pets from getting tangled in excess, dangling cord. This option makes raising and lowering extra large blinds effortless. It also allows the shade to be stopped evenly and precisely at any height. There is an additional charge for this option. Different manufacturers refer to this feature by numerous names, including: EasyLift, EasyRise, EasyUp, UltraControl, UltraLift, EasyGlide, and PowerLift.

There are two kinds of controls: Lift control and Tilt control.

Lift Cord  (pictured at far left)
Made of nylon, this is the mechanism that raises and lowers your blind or shade.

Tilt Wand  (pictured at near left)
Rotating this opens or closes the slats of your mini, wood or faux wood blind. Generally made of durable plastic, some wood blinds have wands made of wood doweling.

Tilt Cord
This option, available on some blinds, can be chosen instead of a tilt wand. Tilt cords look just like lift cords. Consisting of two cords, pulling one tilts the slats open while pulling the other tilts the slats closed. Tilt cords are good for large, heavy blinds. There is no additional charge for tilt cords.

Pull Cord
This is essentially the same thing as a lift cord. The term “lift cord” is generally used for horizontal blinds, while pull cord is used for other blinds and shades. It controls the vertical position of the window treatment.

Beaded Cord
The beaded cord forms a continuous loop which is used to raise and lower a blind. They are also used on vertical blinds for tilt control. A beaded cord generally has two connectors. One connector attaches the two ends of the cord. Each connector serves as a stop for the travel or tilt limits of the blind.

No Cord Lift
Blind slats can be tilted from the center only. They cannot be raised or lowered. This option applies to very narrow blinds.

You can usually select whether you want each control on the right or left side of your blind. Face your window, and decide if you would like them on the left or right side. Take into consideration how often you are going to use the controls and how easily accessible they are (i.e. is there any furniture blocking one side of the window that may make it difficult to get to the controls). With horizontal blinds you can have both lift cords and tilt wands (or tilt cords) on the same side if your blind has a width of at least 18". Between 10" and 18" (depending on the manufacturer) your controls have to be on opposite sides.
Controls, Vertical Blinds   return to top
You have the choice of which direction you would like your blinds to open (or traverse). When facing your window, decide if you want your blinds to open to the “left” (One Way Left), open to the “right” (One Way Right), or “split” open (the blind will open in the middle with half of the blinds going to each side). You also need to decide the position cord that opens the blinds. It can be located on the “left” (Split Left), on the “right” (Split Right), or in the “center” (Center stack). Options may also include Stack Left or Stack Right with Reverse Draw (which means the cord that opens the blinds will be on the opposite side that the blinds will stack on). There may be an additional charge for Reverse Draw.
One way left One way right Split left Split right Stack left
with reverse draw
Stack right
with reverse draw
Center stack Off center stack

Cord Cleat
A cord cleat attaches to the wall so the cord wraps around the cleat and doesn't hang freely.

Cord Lock
Located on or inside the headrail, a cord lock lets you lock your blind in the desired position. While the designs of cord locks vary between manufacturers, they function the same. When the cord is pulled straight down, the blind rises and locks into place via a small wheel (placement 2) or spring latch when you stop pulling the cord. When the cord is pulled to the side (dashed lines) the wheel is moved aside (placement 1), allowing gravity to lower the blind. Returning the cord to a vertical position sets the wheel in a locking position.

Cordless (LiteRise)
The Cordless or LiteRise option allows you to raise and lower your shades and blinds with just the touch of a finger. Your window treatment will open and close evenly every time, and can be stopped at any position along the way. And, because there are no pull cords to become tangled in, kids and pets stay safe. Cordless mini and wood blinds will still have a tilt wand to adjust the angle of the slats.
Duotone  return to top
These offer a white or off white color for the back of the slats instead of coloring both sides of the slat with your chosen color. This allows for a consistent appearance to viewers outside the house while allowing you to match your shades to the decor of each individual room. Depending on manufacturer, these colors are labeled duo, tiltone, duplex, or two-tone.

Day/Night Shade
A day/night shade provides excellent light control and unique decorating opportunities. A combination of two shades, each having different light blocking properties. Both shades share a common rail at the middle and are mounted one on top of the other. When the top shade covers the window, the bottom shade is lowered and out of sight. When the bottom shade is open, the top shade is fully raised at the top of the window. Please contact us for more information.

Decorative Hardware
Adds an authentic colonial style appearance to new or existing exterior shutters. Each package contains 2 “S” hooks (left and right) and 4 hinges, plus screw for installation. These maintenance-free pieces come in a black matte textured finish to simulate a wrought iron ball peen hammered finish.
Dustcover Valance
This special valance makes cleaning your vertical blinds easier and also protects your blind hardware. It has a separate piece that keeps dust from settling in the headrail by covering the top of the headrail. Available upon request for an additional charge.

Extension Brackets  return to top
Extension brackets are used with blinds that are mounted on the outside of the window casing to allow clearance to accommodate any obstacles such as wood trim or crank handles that open and close windows. There is no additional charge for extension brackets when requested at the time your order is placed.
Gauge describes the thickness of an aluminum slat. Mini blinds come in 6 gauge (.006" thickness) and 8 gauge (.008" thickness.) Thicker blinds are generally more durable.

Groover (Inserted Blinds)  (pictured at left: blue fabric vane inserted into beige groover)
Most fabric vertical vanes are available free-hanging or inserted into a clear edge groover with your choice of either an ivory or white vinyl backing. Some manufacturers offer other colors for particular styles. The groover is a vinyl louver, or type of sheath, with clear channels that hold the fabric in place. The vertical fabric vane slides into the channels on the groover, so the fabric faces the inside of the room, while the neutral or coordinating back of the groover faces the outside for a uniform, neutral look from the street. The groover also provides additional light control, privacy and energy efficiency. There is an additional charge for the inserted option.

Free-hanging vanes are not inserted into groovers. Vinyl vanes only come free-hanging.
The uppermost part of your blind, it's where the control mechanism is located and where the blind attaches to the wall or ceiling. On a vertical blind it is generally referred to as a track.
Hold Down Brackets  return to top
These brackets attach to the window frame or door and holds down the bottom rail of the blind. Often used to hold the bottom of the blind to a moving surface, such as a door, they prevent the blind from swinging when the door opens or closes. There is no additional charge for hold down brackets when requested at the time your order is placed.

This option is available with pleated shades, woven wood and roman shades. A liner extends over the back of the shade, providing a uniform exterior appearance with a neutral white color. Liners also add additional privacy by increasing opacity and improve energy efficiency. They come in two forms, although their names vary greatly between brands:

Light Filtering Liner (a.k.a. Lightblocking, Pleatliner Plus, Dayliner, Privacy, Twilight, Lightmaster, or Secrecy) - This is a semi-opaque white backing that allows in some light but increases privacy.
Blackout Liner (a.k.a Room Darkening, Midnight, Subdue, Galaxy, or Eclipse) - This is an opaque white backing that blocks out 99% of light and provides total privacy.
Mount, Inside and Outside
See Choosing Between Inside and Outside Mounts.
Pinlight (PINLT)  return to top
Mini blind colors labeled as pinlights are perforated with many tiny holes, providing privacy without completely darkening a room. Pinlight holes are slighter larger and less numerous than those on sheerview slats.

Quarter Round Tops
Can be used with any 15" width exterior shutter for a custom look.

Available on all 15" width raised panel exterior shutters. This quarter round top is 14.78 inches high.

Available on all 15" width louvered exterior shutters. This quarter round top is 17 inches high.

Available on all 15" width louvered exterior shutters. This quarter round top is 17 inches high.

Available on all 15" width raised panel exterior shutters.This quarter round top is 14.78 inches high.

Roll Type
These options are available for roller shades. There is no additional charge for either roll type.

Regular Roll (left Image) - Roll is visible to someone facing the shade. This is normally chosen when the roller shade will be paired with some sort of top treatment to hide the roller.
Reverse Roll (right image) - Roll is invisible to someone facing the shade. Recommended for windows in which the shade will not be frequently raised or lowered.

Room Darkening

For mini, wood and faux wood blinds: These blinds don't have visible rout holes when the blind is closed. A routless slat has no center opening and lift cord securing each slat to the blind. Instead, each slat is free hanging and easily removable. The blind is held in place by a braided ladder that cradles the front, back and bottom of the slat.

Since there is no lift cord going through the slat, they can be removed for easy cleaning. They are generally referred to as Routless. Each manufacturer has its own trademark for this feature. Hunter Douglas calls its “Lightline,” Bali calls its “Lightblocker,” and Levolor calls its “Lightmaster”. Our American Brand calls this feature Lite-Tite.

For shades: This term is generally applied to the heaviest materials and to liners which keep a shade opaque, offering optimal privacy as well as shielding a room from outside light.

(top image) traditional blind with visible rout holes.
(bottom image) a Lite-Tite blind.

Rout Holes  return to top
Rout holes refer to the center hole where the lift cord goes through the slats.
Sheerview (SHRVW)
Mini blind colors labeled as sheerview are perforated with many tiny holes, providing privacy without completely darkening a room.
Skytrack Skylight
This specialty option indicates a product is able to be installed over a skylight. See also Fitting your Difficult Windows.

Soft Touch Cord Release
A shade with this option draws up like any other shade - simply pull the bottom section of cord. Lowering the shade, however, involves gripping the center bead on the pull cord and pulling slightly to release the cord lock. The cord slides though the bead as gravity brings the shade down effortlessly.

These are the individual pieces of a horizontal blind that cover the window and are held together by the braided ladder.

Tapes (pictured at left: 3 horizontal slats with gold cloth tapes)
Most wood, vinyl and aluminum 2" slat horizontal blinds can be ordered with optional cloth tapes. These cloth tapes hold and tilt the slats and replace the braided ladder. Cloth tapes of various colors may be available at an additional charge on 2" horizontal blinds.
Spring Roll
Similar to a cordless blind or shade, the spring roll allows a roller shade to be raised and lowered by hand without the use of a cord.
The small piece at the end of the pull cord or tilt cord. See also Child Safety Tassels, available for most of our blinds and shades.
Track  return to top
Standard Track - All our vertical blinds include a standard track at no additional charge. This track allows for easy rotation and traversing of your vertical vanes. It is durable and made of strong aluminum alloy.

Deluxe Track - This track features a heavy-duty aluminum channel. The vertical vanes on the track are guaranteed to stay synchronized forever. It also comes with a child-safe, mounted tension pulley and tassels for chain rotation. There is an additional charge for this track.

Transom Tops  return to top
Can be used with any 15" width exterior shutter as an extension or for transom windows.

Available on all 15" width raised panel exterior shutters to be used as an extension or for transom windows. A transom top adds 11.78 inches to the height of the shutter.

Top Down/Bottom Up (Duofold)
This option is available on several blind and shade types. The top down/bottom up has cords on each side of the blind. One cord allows the shade to be raised from the bottom up and the other cord allows the shade to be lowered from the top. This is ideal for bathrooms and rooms on the main level of your home where you like to let sunlight come into the room (lower the blind 1/4 of the way down from the top) but still maintain privacy from anyone walking or driving by your home. Some manufacturers call this feature Duofold. Some products also offer a “top down” feature, in which the shade can only be adjusted from the top while the bottom remains fixed at the window sill.
This feature is only available on select Hunter Douglas shades and uses a retractable cord mechanism to raise and lower the shade. When the cords are moved to a slight angle, the shade gently and effortlessly lowers itself. This movement of the cord releases spring tension in a slow, controlled manner and the bottom rail floats down. Constant cord length means there are never any long, dangling cord to detract from the appearance of the shade.
Valance  return to top
A standard feature with most blinds, the valance attaches to the top of the blind, covers the headrail, and matches the color and material of the rest of the blind. Valance options are different depending on the type of blind you are interested in. Those listed below are for our American Brand.
  • 1" Premium Mini Blind - A FREE Premium 2 slat valance is included with this blind. The slats, matching the color of the blind, are inserted in a clear groover that prevents the slats from bending and keeps a neat, clean appearance.
  • 1" Economy & 1/2" Mini Blind - A FREE 2 slat valance is included with these blinds. The slats, matching the color of the blind, are held in place by valance clips.
  • 2" Macro Blind - A FREE 1 slat valance, matching the color of the blind, is included with all 2" blinds for a clean, finished look.
  • Wood Blinds - All of our wood blinds include a FREE 1 piece decorative wood valance that matches the color of the blind for a clean, decorative, finished look. All wood blinds ordered as an outside mount include mitered matching wood valance returns.
  • Verticals - Our vertical blinds come with an aluminum alloy steel headrail. For an additional charge you can select between a Standard Valance and a Dust Cover Valance.
  • Standard 3 1/2" Valance - This is a decorative valance made out of the same material as the vanes of the vertical blind that you select. It adds the finishing touch to your verticals by covering the headrail and clips as well as providing additional light control by concealing the gap between the headrail and where the vanes clip into the headrail. On outside mounts this valance comes with squared corner returns. There is an additional charge for this valance.
  • Dust Cover 3 1/2" Valance - This valance is the same as the Standard Valance, but it also includes a cover that goes over the top of the track. The cover protects the fabric and headrail from dirt and dust. On outside mounts the returns can have either squared or rounded corners. There is an additional charge for this valance.
  • Pleated and Cellular Pleated Shades - All of our pleated and cellular pleated are built with a smooth coordinating color headrail that provides a finished, decorative look, which eliminates the need for a valance.

The slats of a vertical blind are called vanes. They hang vertically from the track. They can be made out of fabric, aluminum, or vinyl (also called PVC). Most fabric vanes can be inserted into groovers for additional privacy and lightblocking for an additional charge.
Vertiglide / Cellular Slider  return to top
This is a vertical cellular shade that opens and closes upon a horizontal track. They are most often used on sliding glass doors or doorwalls. They can be used as a room divider, also. You will need to call us to order this type of blind.