Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Blake Jarman

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds this decision, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety standards don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Raleigh have seen the regulations as a chance to install a safer option.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, corded 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 intertwined in the cords, resulting in 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 cleats and locks, attempted to solve the problem, but people did not install them as universally as anticipated.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online should 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. Custom-made window treatments do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and should default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and previously made coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now pursuing the entire range of cordless options when acquiring or replacing their blinds and shades. Check out some different cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable window treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the sturdiest 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 always been cordless, so shutters have always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of raising vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window frame and slide side to side. You can part the panels a bit to bring in some light, or slide them all the way apart for a different look.

Raleigh barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their designs to employ internal cords that don’t hang loose. Other treatments use motors, which manipulate treatments without touching the treatment. Some shades are set to their needed position 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 models that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to replace your corded window treatments with a better treatment, your Raleigh Sunburst representative is here to help. We have an array of cordless options, and we can help you find one for your family. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 919-887-9198 today.