Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Kasey Udy

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes these regulations, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window treatments. It should be noted that these standards don’t recall corded window treatments, but, some people in St. George have used the statement as an opportunity to replace their old window treatments.

 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, cords on window treatments have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Young children and infants can get entangled in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, like cord wraps and fasteners, tried to solve the problem, but people did not install them as much as expected.

 

What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window treatment available in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window covering products sold in America and Canada. Made-to-order coverings don’t have the same requirements; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements are only on window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and previously made coverings have not been recalled.


What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, families are now looking at the entire range of cordless options when purchasing or replacing their blinds and shades. Let’s look at a few cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters have been know as the sturdiest 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 always been cordless, so this product has always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up and down using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window and slide horizontally. You can open the panels a little to let light through, or slide them to the edge of the track for a different look.

St. George barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have changed their mechanics so they can use internal cords that shouldn’t pose a hazard. Others operate by motors, which open and close treatments by remotes or voice commands. Different shades open and close to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These coverings are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent options that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

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

If you want to change out those corded hazards with a more child-friendly treatment, your St. George Sunburst representative is here to help. We can bring you many cord-free options, and we can help you find one for your family. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 435-485-9332 now.