Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Lisa Renee Nieberding

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cordless or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces 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 Cincinnati have seen the statement as an opportunity to install a safer option.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, corded window treatments have been determined as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get tangled up in the cords, resulting in 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, such as cord wraps and wind-ups, tried to solve the problem, but families did not utilize them as universally as expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online should now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products marketed in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-built treatments do 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 rather than a tilt cord. These standards are only on window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and current shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, consumers are now seeking the entire range of cordless choices when acquiring or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are different choices that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable window treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters have been know as the longest-lasting window covering option and are constructed with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never used a cord, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of opening up and down using a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track over the window and slide horizontally. You can slide them a tad to have some light peek in, or slide them completely apart for a different look.

Cincinnati barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have modified their mechanics so they can use hidden cords that won’t pose a hazard. Some employ motors, which raise and lower treatments via remote control. Some shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades come in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has 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 Your Shades and Blinds

If you want to replace your corded hazards with a better option, your Cincinnati Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We can bring you an array of safe window treatments, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 513-216-9740 today.