Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Tyler Jorgensen

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cord-free or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes the announcement, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window coverings. Notice that these requirements don’t recall already purchased window treatments, but, some people in Oklahoma City have seen the statement as a chance to change out their corded window treatments.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, window treatment cords have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers and infants can get tangled up in the cords, leading to 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 wind-ups, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but families did not use them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products sold in the United States and Canada. Custom-built treatments do 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 only affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and previously made treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, people are now pursuing various safer options when acquiring or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are many products that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters are the most durable window treatment and are manufactured with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a cord on plantation shutter, so shutters have always been considered child-safe.

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

Oklahoma City barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have changed their designs so they can use internal cords that don’t dangle down. Other treatments use motors, which raise and lower treatments via remote control. Some shades open and close to their needed position by tugging the bottom bar. These treatments are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and has several semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to upgrade from corded shades and blinds with a more child-friendly treatment, your Oklahoma City Sunburst representative is here to help. We can bring you a vast selection of safe window treatments, and we can guide you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 405-300-4664 today.