Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Eric Ramsey

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds this decision, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window treatments. It should be noted that these regulations don’t recall used treatments, but, some people in Gainesville have used the statement as a reason to change their corded shades and blinds.


What Are 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. Young children and infants can get tangled up in the cords, resulting in 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 alleviate the hazard, but consumers did not utilize them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each 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 marketed in the United States and Canada. Custom-made coverings do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window coverings manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, consumers are now looking at different safer options when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Check out a few cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the longest-lasting 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 always been cord-free, so this product has always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of raising up and down with a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window frame and slide side to side. You can part them a bit to let light through, or slide them all the way apart to frame your window.

Gainesville barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their designs and now use internal cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Other treatments operate by motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Some shades open and close to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These treatments are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and has a variety of semi-translucent models that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Call Sunburst To Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to upgrade from corded window treatments with a better choice, your Gainesville Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We can bring you many cordless choices, and we can guide you in finding one for your family. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 813-602-5966 now.