Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Stefano Diotaiuti

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window coverings should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds the announcement, as it comes after negotiations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and encompasses any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety requirements don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Nashville have used the announcement as an opportunity to change to cordless window treatments.

Mom pulling down cordless shade 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, 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 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. External cord safety products, like cord cleats and wind-ups, tried to make treatments safer, but people did not use them as manufacturers expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made coverings will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and must default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window treatments made after December 19, 2018, and current coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, people are now pursuing various cord-free options when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are a lot of choices that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the sturdiest window treatment and are manufactured with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never employed a cord, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: 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 apart sideways. You can part your barn doors a tad to have some light peek in, or open them all the way apart for a different look.

Nashville barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have changed their mechanics and now use hidden cords that don’t dangle down. Other treatments use motors, which raise and lower coverings via remote control. Different shades open and close to their needed position by lifting the bottom bar. These shades come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in a variety of semi-translucent options that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above


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

If you want to replace your corded window treatments with a safer option, your Nashville Sunburst representative is here to help. We can bring you many safe window treatments, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your no cost in-home consultation by calling 615-236-8530 today.