Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Collins Jones

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cordless or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces these regulations, as it comes after discussions between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety standards don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Dallas have viewed the statement as a reason to change their unsafe window coverings.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

For over 70 years, corded window treatments have been determined as 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, resulting in injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Independent cord safety products, such as cord wraps and fasteners, tried to alleviate the hazard, but people did not utilize them as universally as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window covering made for stores or online should now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products sold in America and Canada. Made-to-order coverings don’t have the same constraints; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window coverings manufactured after December 19, 2018, and old shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, families are now looking at various safer choices when acquiring or replacing their window treatments. Check out some different cord-free options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular window treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the sturdiest window treatment and are made with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have always been cord-free, so shutters have always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening up and down via a cord or tilt rod, barn door shutters attach to a track over the window frame and slide side to side. You can slide them a little to let light through, or open them completely apart for a different look.

Dallas barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their make-up so they can use hidden cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Some operate by motors, which raise and lower coverings by remotes or voice commands. Many shades are set to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These treatments come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are even available in several semi-translucent fabrics that give you the feel 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 hazards with a more child-friendly treatment, your Dallas Sunburst representative is here to help. We have an array of cord-free options, and we can assist you in finding one that works best for your rooms. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 214-301-5066 today.