Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Darik Neilson

As of December 2018, all newly manufactured stock window treatments should be cord-free or have small, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst applauds these regulations, 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, some people in Las Vegas have viewed the statement as a chance to replace their old window coverings.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, window treatment cords have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and infants can get intertwined in the cords, leading to injury or strangulation, with one study finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries over a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, like cord wraps and fasteners, attempted to make treatments safer, but people did not utilize them as universally as expected.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window covering sold in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products marketed in the United States and Canada. Custom-built coverings will not have the same requirements; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements only affect window coverings made after December 19, 2018, and old coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new safety requirements, families are now seeking the entire range of safer options when purchasing or replacing their blinds and shades. Luckily, there are many products that have no cords, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the sturdiest window treatment and are manufactured with either natural wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. Plantation shutters have never worked with a cord, so shutters have always been seen as a safer option.

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 above the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can part the panels a little to bring in some light, or slide them to the edge of the track to frame your window.

Las Vegas barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have modified their mechanics and now use inaccessible cords that won’t dangle down. Others operate by motors, which open and close coverings via remote control. Some shades are set to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These treatments come in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has many 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 change out those corded window treatments with a safer choice, your Las Vegas Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We will show you an array of cord-free choices, and we can assist you in finding one for your family. Set up your free in-home consultation by calling 702-850-6619 today.