Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Curtis Orton

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces this decision, as it comes after conversations 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 San Jose have viewed the statement as a reason to change out their corded shades and blinds.


Why 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. Young children and infants can get tangled up 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. External cord safety products, such as cord wraps and locks, tried to make treatments safer, but consumers did not use them as universally as anticipated.


What Do The New Regulations Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment sold in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This involves over 80% of all window treatment products sold in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made coverings do not have the same constraints; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and must default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These requirements 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 regulations, families are now looking at different cord-free choices when buying or replacing their window treatments. Luckily, there are different options that are cordless, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Shutters have been know as the sturdiest window covering option and are manufactured with either solid wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a cord on plantation shutter, so these treatments 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 over the window and slide apart sideways. You can slide the panels a little to let light through, or open them all the way apart to frame your window.

San Jose barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some corded window treatments have modified their make-up to employ hidden cords that don’t dangle down. Some use motors, which manipulate coverings without touching the treatment. Some shades open and close to their desired height by lifting the bottom bar. These coverings come in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in several semi-translucent models that offer the same ambiance of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Call Sunburst To Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to change out those corded window treatments with a safer treatment, your San Jose Sunburst representative is here to help. We will show you a vast selection of safe options, and we can help you find one that works best for your rooms. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 916-542-1305 today.