Shade Control is compatible with every shade that has a bead chain.

Roller shades

Roll shades

Roman shades

Roman shade

Zebra shades

Zebra shade

Vertical blinds

Vertical blind

Because of the retrofit nature, it’s good to check if there is enough space to attach shade control and if the bead chain you have is compatible. Please follow the steps below to check:

Step 1: Check the dimensions of your bead chain

beadchain 12mm

The bead chain should have a bead size diameter of 4.5mm and a spacing of 6mm or 12 mm between the beads. This is the most common size in Europe. Shade Control is currently only compatible with a bead chain of this size. If you have a different size, please contact us.

Step 2: Check if there is enough space to install Shade Control


Shade Control can be mounted on the backside and sideways.


Backside installation is necessary if the bead chain is within your window frame. If the bead chain is outside your window frame then install it sideways. This is important to have your bead chain as straight as possible connected to Shade Control. This makes sure that your bead chain is not twisted, which not only looks better but is also better fot the mechanism of the shade.

In most circumstances there is enough space. If you are not sure, you can measure the space around the beaded chain where Shade Control would be installed and compare it with the dimensions of Shade Control which is shown below.

Step 3: Check if your shade is not too heavy

Shade Control has a pulling force of at least 6 kg/13 lbs, which is the strongest in the market. This should be enough for most shades. We could lift a roman shade of 3 meters width easily. But we found out that the main factor is the mechanism of the shade. If your mechanism is stiff due to age for instance, it could be too heavy for Shade Control. It’s a little bit harder to measure this, but if you need to pull really hard on the bead chain then it might be too heavy for Shade Control. If you are doubting, you can always order Shade Control and try if it works. If it can’t lift, you can send it back to us and we refund the purchase.
If you are still not sure you can contact our support team, we are happy to assist you.