Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Steve Hill

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces the announcement, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, some people in Detroit have seen the regulations as an opportunity to change their unsafe window coverings.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, window treatment cords 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 entangled in the cords, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, like cord wraps and wind-ups, tried to solve the problem, but consumers did not utilize them as universally as anticipated.

 

What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online must now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made window treatments do not have the same requirements; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and current coverings have not been recalled.


What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, families are now pursuing various safer options when purchasing or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are different products that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the most durable window treatment and are manufactured with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a corded plantation shutter, so these treatments have always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: 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 part them a little to let light through, or slide them to the edge of the track for a statement piece.

Detroit barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their make-up to employ hidden cords that shouldn’t dangle down. Some employ motors, which raise and lower treatments by remotes or voice commands. Some 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 are even available in several semi-translucent fabrics that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

 

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to change out those corded hazards with a safer treatment, your Detroit Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you an array of safe window treatments, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 248-429-9294 now.