Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Jacob Hayes

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces these regulations, 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 standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, many in Kingsport have viewed the regulations as a reason to change to cord-free window treatments.


What Are 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, 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, such as cord cleats and fasteners, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but people did not install them as much as expected.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

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

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, people are now looking at the entire range of cordless choices when purchasing or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are a lot of choices that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the most durable window covering option and are constructed with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a cord on plantation shutter, so these treatments have always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up and down with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window and slide apart sideways. You can slide them a little to let light through, or slide them all the way apart to frame your window.

Kingsport barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their mechanics and now use internal cords that shouldn’t pose a hazard. Some employ motors, which manipulate treatments by remotes or voice commands. Many shades simply raise or lower to their needed position by lifting the bottom bar. These treatments are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to upgrade from corded hazards with a better option, your Kingsport Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you an array of safe window treatments, and we can help you find one that works best for your rooms. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 276-685-5343 now.