How to Adjust Hunter Douglas Duettes

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Things You'll Need

  • Needle nose pliers (optional)

  • Pencil (optional)

Duette shades can be adjusted to fit off-square windows.

The wide range of color choices and high energy efficiency of Hunter Douglas Duette honeycomb shades makes them a favorite choice for window treatments. During installation, care is taken to ensure the brackets holding the shade are precisely level. Unfortunately, not all windows are perfectly square, and shades might need adjustment to hang so that they appear level at the bottom rail as well. Adjusting installed Duettes is not difficult and usually requires no tools.


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Step 1

Look at the underside of the shade's bottom rail. Find the small slider nestled inside a pocket on the rail. This slider, technically called a ferrule, according to Hunter Douglas, keeps the cord from slipping up into the shade.

Step 2

Pull the cord that extends out from the ferrule to dislodge it from the pocket. Use needle nose pliers if you have trouble gripping the cord.


Step 3

Notice how the cord loops around the ferrule to secure it. If you wish, make a small pencil mark on the cord to keep track of the current ferrule position.

Step 4

Loosen the loop to move the ferrule up or down on the cord.


Step 5

Move the ferrule toward the pocket, and tighten the loop to make the shade's bottom rail higher. To lower the shade's bottom rail, move the ferrule away from the pocket and tighten the loop.

Step 6

Settle the ferrule back in its pocket on the bottom rail.


Step 7

Check the appearance of the shade, and when you are satisfied with the result, trim the excess cord below the ferrule. To allow for future readjustments, tape the excess cord to the bottom of the rail instead of trimming.


If the ferrule comes off the cord, thread the cord back into its tapered edge. Loop the cord around and reinsert it into the tapered edge again and pull to tighten, making sure the cord is positioned in the channel on the side of the ferrule.


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