Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Darren Zuckerman

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds this decision, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window treatments. Notice that these standards don’t recall already purchased window treatments, but, some people in New York City have viewed the statement as a reason to install a safer option.


Why 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. Children and infants can get entangled in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with a study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, such as cord wraps and wind-ups, tried to alleviate the hazard, but families did not utilize them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

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

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, people are now looking at different cord-free choices when purchasing or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are different options that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the most durable window covering option and are constructed with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never used a cord, so this product has always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up using a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window and slide horizontally. You can part the panels a little to have some light peek in, or open them completely apart for a statement piece.

New York City barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have altered their mechanics and now use inaccessible cords that won’t hang loose. Others use motors, which raise and lower treatments without touching the treatment. Some shades simply raise or lower to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in a variety of semi-translucent options that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

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

If you need to replace your corded window treatments with a more child-friendly treatment, your New York City Sunburst representative can help. We can bring you an array of safe window treatments, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 631-246-3930 now.