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Cord Anchors

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

Drawer pulls make prettier anchors for window-shade and blind cords than the usual hardware. We placed 1/2-inch-diameter pulls (available at hardware or home supply stores) 2 1/2 inches apart at the base of the window frame. Wind cords in a figure eight for a strong hold.

Comments (12)

  • Gravescarol266 2 Mar, 2010

    Ceiling hooks (for hanging fixtures and such) use two ended screws and usually come with the hooks. The pointed side screws into the wood or stud first and then hook or in this case the knob screws onto the other end which is blunt. I think you can find the hooks separtely at a hardware store. Carol from California

  • LUANAMARIA 1 Mar, 2010

    yOU ALL ARE ASKING THE RIGHT ??? iT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY HANDLES THAT HAVE A BUILT IN SCREW. i WANT TO KNOW, ALOS.

  • LUANAMARIA 1 Mar, 2010

    yOU ALL ARE ASKING THE RIGHT ??? iT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY HANDLES THAT HAVE A BUILT IN SCREW. i WANT TO KNOW, ALOS.

  • seawillow 1 Mar, 2010

    Love the idea but how are they attached??? Do you glue them???

  • SerenaL 1 Mar, 2010

    P{lease HELP! How DO you attach them? How do you screw them in?

  • tdangermiller 28 Feb, 2010

    How do you attach them to the wall or window? You can't use the original screws, so what would you need to secure them in place?

  • Suzngr 28 Feb, 2010

    Wonderful idea BUT I have Anderson sliding glass doors and the frame is covered wood. My blinds go over them. I can't seem to get the little suction hooks to stay.
    I can use this idea on two sliders but not on the other 3. Any other suggestions?

  • AAnderson 28 Feb, 2010

    I love this idea! I think I'd swap out the wooden cord handles for something that better matched the drawer pulls or visa versa, and the distance between the pulls might need to be adjusted for thinner cords, but otherwise great idea. Thanks.

  • BernieQ 28 Feb, 2010

    Many of my customers are "serial" re decorators with an appreciation for details, so I will be passing along this great tip from the ever - clever Martha Stewart.

  • marguerita1000 28 Feb, 2010

    I really don't think this is very attractive; looks very clumsy

  • kathiguam 28 Feb, 2010

    ditto that. so much nicer looking

  • gorillafreak 25 May, 2009

    Grrrreat idea! Now why didn't I think of that?