Manufacturers are Cutting the Cord on Their Window Treatments

Greg Arnett

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 negotiations 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, some people in Phoenix have seen the statement as an opportunity to upgrade to cordless window treatments.

Mom pulling cordless shades 

What Are The New Window Treatment Safety Standards?

In the past few decades, 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, leading to injury or strangulation, with a report finding that that there were almost 17,000 window cord injuries during a fifteen-year period. Extra cord safety products, such as cord shorteners and fasteners, attempted to solve the problem, but families did not use them as much as expected.


What Do The New Requirements Cover?

Each stock (ready-made) window treatment sold in stores or online needs to now be cord-free or have inaccessible cords. This includes over 80% of all window covering products purchased in the U.S. and Canada. Custom-built treatments will not have the same restrictions; however, cords can only be 40% the length of the treatment and will default to a tilt rod rather than a tilt cord. These standards affect window treatments manufactured after December 19, 2018, and previously made shades and blinds have not been recalled.

What Are Your Choices Regarding Cordless Window Treatments?

With the new regulations, families are now looking at different safer options when buying or replacing their corded coverings. Check out some different cordless options:

  • Plantation Shutters: These popular treatments cover the window with sturdy louvers and usually open by a center tilt-rod. Plantation Shutters are the longest-lasting window treatment and are constructed 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 this product has always been considered child-safe.

Shutters in kitchen
  • Barn Door Window Coverings: Instead of raising up and down using a cord or tilt rod, barn door window treatments attach to a track over the window frame and slide apart sideways. You can open them a tad to let light through, or slide them all the way apart to frame your window.

Phoenix barn door shutters
  • Cordless Shades and Blinds: Some shades and blinds have altered their mechanics so they can use hidden cords that won’t dangle down. Some operate by motors, which open and close coverings via remote control. Many shades are set to their desired height by operating the bottom bar. These shades are available in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns, and are offered in many semi-translucent models that give you the feel of sheer draperies.

Blue dresser with shades above

Let Sunburst Help You Cut The Cord On Window Treatments

If you’re looking to change out those corded hazards with a better choice, your Phoenix Sunburst representative is only a phone call away. We will show you an array of cord-free choices, and we can help you find one that looks great in your windows. Schedule your free in-home consultation by calling 480-485-7743 today.