Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Cory Cryer

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds these regulations, as it comes after discussions 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 corded blinds or shades, many in Houston have used the regulations as a chance to change to cordless window treatments.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, window treatment cords have been determined as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get tangled up in the cords, leading to 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 shorteners and wind-ups, attempted to solve the problem, but families did not utilize them as manufacturers anticipated.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering made for stores or online needs to now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window covering products purchased in the United States and Canada. Custom-built window treatments don’t have the same constraints; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and must default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These regulations affect window treatments made after December 19, 2018, and previously made treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now looking at different cordless choices when acquiring or replacing their corded coverings. Let’s look at a few cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the most durable window treatment and are constructed with either real wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never used a cord, so these treatments have always been known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening vertically with a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window frame and slide side to side. You can slide the panels a bit to let light through, or slide them to the edge of the track for a different look.

Houston barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have modified their designs to employ hidden cords that don’t pose a hazard. Some operate by motors, which open and close treatments without touching the treatment. Some shades simply raise or lower to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These treatments are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent fabrics that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to upgrade from corded hazards with a better treatment, your Houston Sunburst representative can help. We will show you a vast selection of safe options, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Book your no cost in-home consultation by calling 713-853-9629 now.