I know, cue the **"you're out of ideas" comments**.
But in general, this is a design choice that pisses me off. Here is my reasoning, and how we could do better:
1) It is really hard to control: Whenever I want the shades to go down, the string locks the shades further up, and when I want them to go up, they fall and won't go back up.
2) Children are really good at ****ing them up: There is the scenerio where the child manages to triangle the blinds, where the one side is much higher than the other.
Children love playing with the strings and putting the little cap thingies in their mouths. Believe me, I was a child once, and I did that a lot.
So how do we kill two birds with one stone? Simile, instead of having it controlled by a string that must be manually jolted, change the controls to operate via a wheel.
Turn the wheel one way and it would go up, the other way would go down. And it would be sturdy enough to hold up on its own.
There it is easier to use, and keeps kids away from where no parents want them.
I know I am missing something, or this would be the norm, so tell me why we still use this inconvenient mechanic?
**Edit: Wow this blew up. I'll try to respond to everyone, but don't get upset if I don't**