Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Eric Ramsey

As of December 2018, newly manufactured stock window treatments should not use cords or have short, inaccessible pull cords. Sunburst embraces the announcement, as it comes after conversations between the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the American National Standards Institute, and includes any pre-manufactured window treatments. And while the new safety regulations don’t recall already purchased window treatments, many in Tampa have seen the regulations as a chance to change out their old shades and blinds.


Why The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, corded window treatments have been determined as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards In The Home by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 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, like cord cleats and locks, tried to solve the problem, but consumers did not use them as manufacturers expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Every stock (ready-made) window treatment available in stores or online must now be cordless or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window treatment products marketed in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-made treatments do not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the covering and will default to a tilt rod instead of a tilt cord. These regulations only affect window treatments made after December 19, 2018, and current shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new standards, consumers are now pursuing the entire range of safer choices when purchasing or replacing their corded coverings. Luckily, there are different products when it comes to cordless window treatments, such as:

  • Plantation Shutters: These fashionable treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually utilize a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters can be seen as the sturdiest window treatment and are constructed with either real 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 known for safety.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of opening vertically with a cord or tilt rod, barn door coverings attach to a track above the window frame and slide side to side. You can part the panels a tad to have some light peek in, or open them all the way apart for a different look.

Tampa barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some window treatments have altered their designs to employ inaccessible cords that won’t dangle down. Others employ motors, which open and close treatments via remote control. Different shades open and close to their needed position by operating the bottom bar. These treatments are available in different colors, textures, and patterns, and has many semi-translucent options that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Sunburst Can Help You Cut The Cord On Your Window Coverings

If you need to replace your corded hazards with a safer treatment, your Tampa Sunburst representative can help. We will show you many cord-free window treatments, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Book your free in-home consultation by calling 813-580-7288 now.