Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Spencer Madsen

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds the announcement, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window coverings. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall corded blinds or shades, some people in Boise have seen the announcement as an opportunity to change their unsafe window coverings.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, 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 one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, like cord cleats and locks, attempted to make treatments safer, but people did not use them as universally as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online must now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in America and Canada. Made-to-order treatments don’t have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window treatments constructed after December 19, 2018, and current treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, people are now looking at various safer choices when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Here are just some different cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the sturdiest window treatment and are made with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so these treatments have always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track over the window and slide side to side. You can part your barn doors a little to bring in some light, or slide them all the way apart to frame your window.

Boise barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have modified their designs so they can use internal cords that won’t hang loose. Some employ motors, which raise and lower treatments by remotes or voice commands. Many shades open and close to their desired height by tugging the bottom bar. These treatments are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent fabrics that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to replace your corded hazards with a safer treatment, your Boise Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We will show you an array of cord-free options, and we can help you find one for your family. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 208-609-9129 today.