Manufacturers are Becoming Safer With Their Window Treatments

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cordless 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 covers any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety standards don’t recall old corded treatments, some people in Fort Myers have seen the statement as a reason to upgrade to cord-free window treatments.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, corded window treatments have been deemed one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get entangled in the cords, causing injury or strangulation, with one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, such as cord cleats and wind-ups, attempted to solve the problem, but consumers did not utilize them as universally as expected.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products sold in America and Canada. Custom-built treatments will not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These standards are only on window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and old coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, people are now pursuing the entire range of cordless options when buying or replacing their corded coverings. Let’s look at a few window treatments that don’t use cords:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular window treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters can be seen as the most durable window covering option and are manufactured 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 this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of raising up with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window and slide side to side. You can part them a tad to bring in some light, or slide them all the way apart for a statement piece.

Fort Myers barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have altered their mechanics to employ hidden cords that shouldn’t pose a hazard. Others employ motors, which manipulate coverings without touching the treatment. Different shades simply raise or lower to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in a variety of semi-translucent options that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Shades and Blinds

If you want to replace your corded hazards with a better choice, your Fort Myers Sunburst representative can help. We have many safe choices, and we can assist you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 239-208-6577 now.