Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Tyson Williams

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces these regulations, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety regulations don’t recall corded blinds or shades, many in San Diego have viewed the announcement as an opportunity to go with a safer option.


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. Toddlers and infants can get entangled in the cords, causing injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, like cord wraps and fasteners, attempted to solve the problem, but consumers did not utilize them as manufacturers anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online needs to now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made coverings will not have the same requirements; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These standards 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 standards, families are now pursuing the entire range of safer options when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are different products when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the most durable window covering option and are constructed with either real 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 known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of opening up via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window and slide horizontally. You can slide your barn doors a tad to bring in some light, or open them to the edge of the track to frame your window.

San Diego barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have altered their designs to employ internal cords that won’t hang loose. Others employ motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Some shades simply raise or lower to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These coverings are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in many semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to change out those corded shades and blinds with a safer treatment, your San Diego Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you an array of cord-free options, and we can guide you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Set up your no cost in-home consultation by calling 760-405-8887 today.