Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Todd Hansen

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have short, 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 coverings. Notice that these requirements don’t recall used treatments, but, many in Orlando have viewed the announcement as a reason to go with a safer option.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, window treatment cords 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, such as cord wraps and fasteners, tried to make treatments safer, but consumers did not use them as universally as expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment sold in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products sold in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made treatments do not have the same requirements; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and should default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and previously made shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now seeking various cord-free options when purchasing or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are different products that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Shutters can be seen as the most durable window treatment and are made with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that won’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a corded plantation shutter, so this product has always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of opening vertically via a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track above the window and slide horizontally. You can part your barn doors a bit to have some light peek in, or slide them completely apart for a different look.

Orlando barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their make-up to employ inaccessible cords that won’t pose a hazard. Some operate by motors, which manipulate coverings without touching the treatment. Many shades open and close to their desired height by tugging the bottom bar. These treatments come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent fabrics that can look like of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Your Shades and Blinds

If you want to upgrade from corded shades and blinds with a safer option, your Orlando Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We have an array of cord-free choices, and we can assist you in finding one that looks great in your windows. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 407-630-7011 today.