Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Holly Perron

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes this decision, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Philadelphia have viewed the statement as an opportunity to change to cordless window treatments.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, cords on window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get intertwined in the cords, causing injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, like cord cleats and locks, tried to solve the problem, but consumers did not use them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the U.S. and Canada. Made-to-order coverings do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These regulations affect window coverings 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 standards, consumers are now pursuing different safer choices when buying or replacing their window treatments. Let’s look at a few window treatments that don’t use cords:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the most durable window treatment and are made with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of raising up with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window and slide apart sideways. You can part the panels a tad to bring in some light, or slide them all the way apart for a statement piece.

Philadelphia barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their mechanics to employ inaccessible cords that don’t hang loose. Some use motors, which manipulate coverings without touching the treatment. Many shades open and close to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These shades come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in a variety of semi-translucent fabrics 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 upgrade from corded shades and blinds with a better treatment, your Philadelphia Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We have many cordless choices, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 215-874-4897 today.