Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Bill Burke

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 covers any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety standards don’t recall old corded treatments, many in Indianapolis have viewed the statement as an opportunity to replace their old window treatments.


What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

Since the 1960s, corded window treatments have been included in the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toddlers 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. Independent cord safety products, such as cord cleats and wind-ups, attempted to solve the problem, but consumers did not utilize them as much as anticipated.


What Do The Safety Regulations Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window treatment made for stores or online should now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This accounts for over 80% of all window covering products purchased in America and Canada. Made-to-order window treatments do not have the same requirements; however, cords can only hang down to 40% the length of the covering and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These requirements are only on window coverings constructed after December 19, 2018, and old coverings have not been recalled.

What Are Your Options For Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, families are now pursuing the entire range of cord-free options when acquiring or replacing their corded coverings. Let’s look at some different cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These family-friendly window treatments cover the window with large louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters can be seen as the most durable window covering option and are made with either real wood or a faux wood composite that doesn’t warp, crack, splinter, or chip. There has never been a corded plantation shutter, so these treatments have always been seen as a safer option.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Shutters: Instead of raising up and down with a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track over the window and slide horizontally. You can open the panels a tad to have some light peek in, or open them completely apart for a statement piece.

Indianapolis barn door shutters
  • Cord-free Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their designs to employ hidden cords that shouldn’t hang loose. Others use motors, which manipulate treatments via remote control. Different shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent models that can look like 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 choice, your Indianapolis Sunburst representative can help. We will show you many cordless options, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your no cost in-home consultation by calling 317-558-9066 today.