Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Neil Blackwelder

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cordless or have compact, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst welcomes the announcement, as it comes after negotiations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and covers any pre-manufactured window treatments. Please note that that these requirements don’t recall used treatments, but, many in Charlotte have used the announcement as a reason to replace their old window coverings.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, corded window treatments have been included in 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, leading to injury or strangulation, with one report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, such as cord shorteners and wind-ups, attempted to alleviate the hazard, but people did not utilize them as manufacturers expected.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering available in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window treatment products purchased in America and Canada. Custom-built treatments don’t 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 regulations only affect window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old treatments have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, consumers are now seeking the entire range of cord-free choices when buying or replacing their blinds and shades. Here are just a few window treatments that don’t use cords:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually employ a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters have been know as the most durable window covering option and are manufactured with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been free of cords, so this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Treatments: Instead of raising up and down via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track above the window frame and slide horizontally. You can part the panels a bit to bring in some light, or open them all the way apart for a different look.

Charlotte barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their mechanics so they can use inaccessible cords that don’t hang loose. Some employ motors, which manipulate treatments without touching the treatment. Many shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These coverings come in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent models that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to replace your corded hazards with a safer option, your Charlotte Sunburst representative can help. We have many cordless options, and we can help you find one for your family. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 980-231-1116 now.