Blinds are a stylish and practical way to dress your windows. But cords can be dangerous to children and pets. And they’re another thing to keep neat and tangle-free.
Happily, you can avoid those problems with cordless blinds. Here, we review ten of the best cordless window blinds available today. We discuss their pros and cons, and help you narrow down your search.
So let’s get started!
The Best cordless window blinds on the Market of 2020
1. Easy Lift Trim-at-Home Cordless Shade
If you’re looking for an option that’s easy to install, check out these cordless blinds from Easy Lift.
It’s offered in a wide range of sizes, from 30 to 60 inches wide. Whatever the width, there’s a drop of 64 inches.
But if your window isn’t a standard width, don’t worry. You can trim these to fit using a sharp knife. A clever trimming scale and guide included with the blind makes the task simple and keeps your line straight.
If you want to install it inside your window frame, you’ll need a recess of at least 1.25 inches deep. That’s as complicated as it gets. Simply peel off the backing tape, and press it into position. Job done.
Just watch out if you have textured wall coverings, or your wall isn’t flat. The adhesive won’t stick so well, and you may be better off choosing blinds that can screw into place.
The fabric is white and pleated. A soft spun lace gently filters the light, but won’t block it out.
End caps finish the edges, and there’s a rounded rail on the bottom. Just give that a gentle pull to bring the blind down, or pull again to retract it. And with no cords to interfere with the lines, the whole look is clean and crisp.
2. Achim Home Furnishings DSG223WH06 Deluxe Sundown G2 Cordless Blinds
If you prefer a louvered blind, this one from Achim Home Furnishings is well worth a look.
It’s made of durable PVC, which won’t warp when the temperature changes. It won’t fade or discolor in sunlight, and you won’t have to worry about your blind sagging over time.
The one-inch louvers can be adjusted to let in more or less light. To do that, simply twist the color-coordinated wand at the side. When fully closed, the louvers are very effective at blocking the light.
You can also raise and lower the blind. Simply press a button on the lower handrail and push or pull the blind into position. When it’s at your preferred level, release the button and it will stay there.
The gear mechanism here is metal, rather than the plastic you’ll find in many other brands. It’s smooth and resilient.
Hidden mounting brackets mean that this can be installed either inside or outside your window frame. It comes with full instructions, but it’s not the easiest task! The brackets aren’t standard, but they’re the only ones that will work with this blind. And if your wall isn’t flat, you may find installation challenging.
3. US Window And Floor Faux Wood Inside Mount Cordless Blinds
For louvered blinds with wider louvers, check out these from US Window and Floor. The louvers here are two inches wide.
They’re made from PVC, carefully shaped to give the appearance of traditional wooden blinds. That makes this a blind that’s robust and easy to keep clean. Just wipe it over with a damp cloth. The louvers can also be removed for a spring clean.
There’s a color-coordinated wand on the side to adjust their angle. You can also raise and lower the bottom of the blind. There’s no button here. Just make sure the louvers are fully open, then push or pull the bottom rail to your preferred height.
The blind is 35.6 inches wide and 36 inches high. It will fit a window opening 36.125 inches wide by 36 inches tall. And if your window is shorter, it’s possible to remove some louvers from the bottom.
The heavy-duty steel headrail requires a little more room than some other designs. If you’re installing it inside the window frame, the recess will need to be at least three inches deep.
It comes with a 3.25 inch decorative valance at the front. There are no ending corner caps here, though. If you’re likely to see the blinds end-on, you may prefer a different design.
4. Allesin Blackout Cordless Window Shades
If you want a blind that will shut out as much light as possible, take a look at this one from Allesin.
It’s made of polyester with a tight cellular structure. It will both block out nearly all the light and insulate your home from summer heat and winter chills. The honeycomb construction will even absorb sound.
You won’t be able to wash it down. But a soft cloth or vacuum cleaner with brush attachment will keep it clean.
It’s available in a wide range of sizes, from 23 to 48 inches wide. Choose from a drop of 36, 38, 48 or 64 inches.
It can be mounted inside or outside your window frame.
If mounting inside, choose a width that’s at least a quarter of an inch smaller than your window recess. You’ll need a window depth of at least two inches. And if you want your blind flush with your room wall, it needs to be at least three inches deep.
For an outside mount, the blind should be at least half an inch wider than your window.
Installation is straightforward. End caps, simple snap-in brackets and mounting hardware are all included in the package.
5. Chicology Free-Stop Cordless Shades
Chicology’s clever zebra roller blinds use two layers to allow you to choose from dark or sheer settings. The two layers work together to either block out all light, or let it through in sheer strips. Either way, you’ll have privacy.
Choose from widths in one-inch increments from 20 to 72 inches. The drop extends all the way up to 72 inches. Note that the fabric is one inch narrower on either side than the blind measurement. That’s to accommodate the cordless mechanism.
This is another blind that can be mounted inside or outside the window frame. If mounting it inside, you’ll need a recess that’s at least 2.25 inches deep. For blinds that are flush with the wall, the recess needs to be 3.25 inches deep.
The free-stop design means the blinds are raised and lowered by pulling or pushing the bottom rail. They’ll stay where they’re put – unless there’s a problem with the blind tension.
If that happens, gently adjust the tension wheel in the left-hand corner of the blind header. If the blind won’t come back up, turn the wheel towards the window. If it won’t come down, turn it towards the room. Make small adjustments and test until it’s working again.
6. Chicology Cordless Shades
The second design from Chicology to make our list, this is great for those who love Roman shades. These blinds have magnetic bars that allow you to position them at varying levels. And it means there are no cords to interfere with the clean lines.
Each bar has two magnets positioned towards the left and right-hand sides of the blind. Make sure you align them correctly as you fold back the layers to avoid them coming loose. In most cases, that will keep them securely in place. But they will still be vulnerable to strong gusts of wind.
They’re available in a range of colors and thicknesses. Choose from light filtering, light filtering with extra privacy, thermal and room darkening options.
The fabric is polyster. Widths range from 23 to 48 inches wide, with a drop of 64 inches.
You’ll need a window recess of at least 2 inches if mounting them inside. If you want the blind flush with the wall, the recess needs to be 2.25 inches deep.
They can be installed outside the recess too, but that exposes the mounting hardware. On the plus side, the blinds are lightweight enough to be installed using heavy-duty Velcro if you prefer.
7. Bali Blinds Cordless Shade
This option from Bali Blinds is great for those looking for cellular shades to help insulate rooms. The honeycomb design will keep rooms warm in winter and cool in summer. And they’ll even help reduce outside noise.
You can choose between widths of 23 and 36 inches, and in all cases the drop is 64 inches. You can also choose from either light filtering or blackout fabrics.
If you have an unusual shaped window, you may also want to check out Bali Blinds’ custom design shop. That will make circular, triangular or any other odd-shaped blind you need.
The simple design can be mounted either inside or outside the window frame. The cordless operation works by just positioning the lower bar at your chosen level. It couldn’t be easier.
Installation is simple too, but note that the blinds aren’t washable. They’re best cleaned using the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.
8. Linen Avenue U1CR2300B36 Custom Cordless Shade
Linen Avenue’s blinds also use a cellular design to insulate heat and sound. In this case, they’re light filtering only – if you want a blackout option, these won’t be for you.
There’s a smooth, color-coordinated head and bottom rail. The mechanism is easy to use and slides cleanly into position. Just be warned: it can take a bit of fiddling to get it completely level.
Either inside or outside mounting is possible. If mounting inside, measure the top, middle and bottom of your window. Take the smallest measurement and subtract a quarter of an inch to get the required blind width.
If you’re going to be mounting your blinds outside the window frame, add 2 to 4 inches to your window width. That will allow space for an overlap on either side, and maintain your privacy.
End caps are included for a smart finish, and you’ll get all the mounting hardware you need in the package.
9. DEZ Furnishings QDWT700640 Cordless Shade
These attractive blinds feature one-inch pleats for a smart look. They’re available in a choice of neutral shades: white, ecru, silver gray and camel.
It’s available in half-inch width increments between 20 and 72 inches. There’s a choice of 48, 64 or 72 inch lengths.
The package includes mounting hardware and installation instructions. You can choose whether to mount the blinds inside or outside the window recess. Decide which will you want to do before you order, and adjust the width you order accordingly.
If you’ve got a very wide window, you may need to install extra brackets for secure mounting.
To move the blinds up and down, simply hold onto the bottom rail and push it to the desired height.
These are designed to filter the light, but they won’t block it out entirely. If you want something to stop yourself waking up with the sunrise, they won’t be the right choice. But they’re a good option for privacy in ground floor rooms.
10. Redi Shade Original Pleated Fabric Cordless Shade (Our Top Pick)
Our final pick is the least expensive shade on our list. But it’s simple, clean-looking and easy to install.
It’s made of a non-woven paper-like fabric – similar to the kind of thing that’s used for airline headrests. You can’t see through them, but if you’re close to the window, you’ll see a silhouette.
Both the length and width can be trimmed to fit. The maximum drop is 72 inches. You’ll need a recess of at least 1.5 inches deep if you want to install them inside the window frame.
The mechanism for raising and lowering the blinds is basic. Just push up the bottom rail to the desired height, then secure the pleats with the clips that are included.
Installation is simple, as long as you have a flat wall. Use rubbing alcohol to prime the surface before positioning it with the double-sided tape. We’ve heard some complaints that the tape isn’t as sticky as it could be. If you find that’s a problem, just add a Velcro strip instead.
Let’s go shopping!
That brings us to the end of our round-up of ten of the best cordless window blinds available today. Whether your priority is privacy, insulation, or blocking out the light, there’s an option for you.
Our top pick is the Redi Shade Original Pleated Shade. We love its simple design, easy installation and economical price.
But if you’re looking for something more durable, Chicology’s zebra roller shades are a great option. They look great and you’ll be able to switch easily between sheer and privacy.
Whichever blinds we choose, they’ll give your room a fanstastic new look. Happy shopping!