Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Danielle Micich

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes these regulations, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall old corded treatments, some people in Fort Lauderdale have seen the announcement as an opportunity to replace their old window treatments.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, cords on window treatments have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get entangled in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, like cord cleats and wind-ups, attempted to make treatments safer, but consumers did not install them as universally as anticipated.

 

What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online must now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the United States and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments will not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These standards only affect window coverings manufactured after December 19, 2018, and previously made treatments have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, families are now pursuing the entire range of safer options when buying or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are a lot of options that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the longest-lasting window covering option and are manufactured with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been free of cords, so shutters have always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of opening up and down with a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can open them a little to bring in some light, or open them completely apart for a statement piece.

Fort Lauderdale barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have changed their mechanics so they can use internal cords that won’t pose a hazard. Some employ motors, which manipulate coverings by remotes or voice commands. Some shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These treatments come in different colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in many semi-translucent fabrics that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Call Sunburst To Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to change out those corded shades and blinds with a safer choice, your Fort Lauderdale Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We have a vast selection of cordless options, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 561-440-8535 today.