Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Tyler Jorgensen

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds this decision, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety regulations don’t recall corded blinds or shades, many in Austin have viewed the statement as a chance to change to cordless window treatments.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, window treatment cords have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get entangled 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, such as cord wraps and wind-ups, tried to solve the problem, but families did not install them as universally as anticipated.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online should now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves 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 treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, consumers are now pursuing different cordless options when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are a lot of products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters have been know as the sturdiest window covering option and are constructed 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 this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of raising vertically using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track over the window and slide side to side. You can open your barn doors a little to bring in some light, or open them completely apart for a statement piece.

Austin barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their mechanics to employ hidden cords that won’t hang loose. Some employ motors, which raise and lower treatments via remote control. Some shades open and close to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent options 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 replace your corded window treatments with a better treatment, your Austin Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We can bring you an array of cordless options, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 512-549-6077 now.