Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Curtis Orton

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes this decision, as it comes after negotiations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall already purchased window treatments, some people in Sacramento have seen the announcement as a reason to upgrade to cordless window treatments.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, corded window treatments 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 tangled up in the cords, causing injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. External cord safety products, such as cord wraps and locks, tried to make treatments safer, but people did not install them as universally as expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products sold in the U.S. and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments don’t have the same requirements; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and should default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and old shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, people are now seeking different safer options when acquiring or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are many products when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the longest-lasting window treatment and are constructed with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been cordless, so these treatments have always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of opening vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window and slide apart sideways. You can part them a little to let light through, or open them to the edge of the track to frame your window.

Sacramento barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their designs so they can use inaccessible cords that shouldn’t dangle down. Some operate by motors, which manipulate treatments via remote control. Different shades simply raise or lower to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has several semi-translucent options that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Call Sunburst To Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to replace your corded window treatments with a safer option, your Sacramento Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We have an array of cord-free window treatments, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 916-250-0758 today.