Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Darren Wong

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces 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 treatments. Please note that that these regulations don’t recall already purchased window treatments, but, some people in Honolulu have seen the statement as a chance to upgrade to cordless window treatments.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 
 

Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, window treatment cords 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 intertwined in the cords, resulting in 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 shorteners and locks, tried to alleviate the hazard, but consumers did not use them as manufacturers expected.

 

What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering made for stores or online should now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products marketed in America and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments do not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These standards 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 regulations, people are now looking at different safer options when purchasing or replacing their window treatments. Let’s look at some different cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly treatments cover the window with thick louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the sturdiest window covering option and are made with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been cordless, so shutters have always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of opening vertically with a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window frame and slide horizontally. You can open them a bit to have some light peek in, or open them completely apart for a different look.

Honolulu barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have altered their make-up to employ hidden cords that won’t hang loose. Other treatments employ motors, which manipulate treatments without touching the treatment. Different shades open and close to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and has a variety of semi-translucent fabrics 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 hazards with a more child-friendly choice, your Honolulu Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We can bring you an array of cordless window treatments, and we can help you find one for your family. Set up your no cost in-home consultation by calling 808-797-2004 today.