Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Richard Rampton

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cordless or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes these regulations, as it comes after negotiations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall already purchased window treatments, some people in Chicago have viewed the statement as a chance to change their corded shades and blinds.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, cords on window treatments have been determined as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Young children and infants can get intertwined in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, such as cord wraps and fasteners, tried to make treatments safer, but families did not utilize them as universally as anticipated.

 

What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online should now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window covering products purchased in the United States and Canada. Custom-made coverings do not have the same requirements; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These standards are only on window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and current coverings have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, people are now looking at various cord-free options when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are many products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters can be seen as the sturdiest window covering option and are constructed with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been cord-free, so shutters have always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of opening up and down via a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track over the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can slide them a bit to bring in some light, or open them all the way apart to frame your window.

Chicago barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their mechanics so they can use internal cords that won’t hang loose. Some employ motors, which raise and lower treatments via remote control. Different shades open and close to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These shades are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in many semi-translucent options that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to replace your corded window treatments with a safer choice, your Chicago Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you a vast selection of cord-free choices, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your no cost in-home consultation by calling 847-250-6544 today.