Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Matt Thelander

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes this decision, 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 standards don’t recall old corded treatments, some people in Salt Lake City have seen the statement as an opportunity to change out their corded window coverings.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, corded 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 tangled up in the cords, causing injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, such as cord wraps and fasteners, attempted to make treatments safer, but families did not install them as much as expected.

 

What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online must now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window covering products sold in America and Canada. Custom-built treatments will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These standards are only on window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and current coverings have not been recalled.


What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, people are now pursuing the entire range of cordless options when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different options that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the most durable window treatment and are made with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so these treatments have always been seen as a safer option.

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 above the window and slide side to side. You can slide the panels a little to have some light peek in, or slide them completely apart for a statement piece.

Salt Lake City barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have changed their designs to employ inaccessible cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Some operate by motors, which raise and lower coverings via remote control. Different shades simply raise or lower to their desired height by tugging the bottom bar. These shades are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has a variety of semi-translucent fabrics that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Shades and Blinds

If you want to upgrade from corded hazards with a more child-friendly option, your Salt Lake City Sunburst representative is here to help. We have an array of cord-free options, and we can guide you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 801-515-3598 now.