How To Lower Cordless Blinds

Cordless blinds are the no-nonsense, no-faff alternative to those tricky corded blinds which can so often get stuck, caught up, broken, or damaged. But how do you lower blinds that have no cord? Well, that’s where we come in.

To learn how to lower cordless blinds, follow our step-by-step tutorials below. For all other information, or if you have any other questions you need to be answered, see our FAQ section at the end of this article.

How to lower motorized cordless blinds

  1. Locate the remote control or download the smartphone app specific to your brand of motorized cordless blinds
  2. Using the remote or app, select the ‘LOWER’ or ‘DOWN’ function
  3. Press the LOWER or DOWN button and hold it
  4. Release the LOWER or DOWN button once the blind has been lowered to your preferred level
  5. Repeat for each individual blind you wish to lower

How to lower manual cordless blinds (slat-type)

lower manual cordless blinds
  1. Reach up and take hold of the center of the lowest slat of your cordless blind
  2. Gently, pull on this slat and bring it down
  3. Once the cordless blind has been lowered to your preferred level, let go of the slat
  4. Repeat for each individual blind you wish to lower

How to lower manual cordless blinds (material-type)

  1. Reach up and take hold of the bottom-center of the material blind
  2. Gently, pull on the material cordless blind to bring it down
  3. Once the cordless blind has been lowered to your preferred level, give it a short gentle tug to secure it in place
  4. When you feel some resistance to the material raising again, you can let go of the cordless blind and it will stay in place
  5. Repeat for each individual blind you wish to lower

There you have it! Three different ways to lower cordless blinds for three different types of cordless blind! If you still have any questions or would like some more information, please see our FAQs below.


What are cordless blinds?

Cordless blinds are, quite simply, blinds that don’t come with cords or pulleys. Cordless blinds are window coverings that operate by being pulled and pushed by hand (or sometimes by motor), rather than by being manipulated with a string or linked pulley.

These types of blinds are becoming more and more popular these days because they are the most modern types of blinds. However, you may still find that many blind manufacturers prefer to stick with the classic design.

Are cordless blinds better than corded blinds?

It’s difficult to say which type of blinds is ‘better’ than the other. A lot of it simply comes down to personal taste. There are some key differences between cordless and corded blinds, however, which may help you to make a decision if you’re looking to install new blinds in your home.

Corded blinds do have a tendency to damage the material of the blinds if it gets caught in the pulley system during raising or lowering the blinds, whereas cordless blinds don’t usually suffer from this issue. 

The cord of corded blinds can sometimes come loose from the pulley mechanism, meaning that you have to take the blind down, re-thread the cord, and then put it back up. Cordless blinds don’t face this issue since they don’t have cords.

Cordless blinds typically operate with a motor or manually at your touch. As such, whilst a corded blind will stay in place until you decide to raise or lower it, a cordless blind may malfunction electronically and raise or lower unexpectedly, or even raise on accident when you nudge it.

Do cordless blinds ever get stuck?

Cordless blinds can still get stuck, just like any other type of blind. However, it is arguably less likely for a cordless blind to get stuck in the pulley mechanism since there is no loose wire or cord to get in the way.

If you meet any resistance when trying to raise or lower your cordless blinds, do not attempt to resolve the issue by force. Stop, reassess, and try again gently. If the problem persists, contact the blind manufacturer or installer.

How do you raise cordless blinds?

You raise cordless blinds in much the same way as you lower them. If your cordless blinds are motorized (and thus come with an app or remote control), then use the control which came with the blinds to raise them by pressing and holding the UP or RAISE button until the blinds reach your desired height.

If your cordless blinds are operated manually, then they will raise by one of two methods. Either you need to just gently tug once on the bottom-center of the blind, and then release the blind. The cordless blind should retract into the unit at the top of the window like a tape measure. Alternatively, place your hand on the bottom of the lowest blind slat, and gently raise the blinds by raising your hand and arm.

Can you lower motorized blinds without the remote or app?

Some motorized blinds do come with a failsafe manual method for lowering and raising without the remote control or smartphone app, however the method for lowering these differs from model to model, and we don’t recommend trying to manually lower them unless you’re certain of how.

For most models of motorized blinds, if you lose the remote control or smartphone app, then you will need to either redownload the app, or order yourself a new remote control from the cordless blind manufacturer before you can successfully lower the blinds again.