Going Cordless

Why Cordless Blinds?

Choose Cordless Blinds for Child Safety

Make the switch to cordless blinds to protect children and your business’s reputation.

Dangers of Corded Blinds

  • Roughly one child per month dies from blind cord strangulation1
  • More than 16,000 kids were injured between 1990 and 20152
  • More than 600 kids per year were injured, nearly an average of 2 kids per day2


New Voluntary Standards

  • The Window Covering Manufacturers Association decided on new, safer standards in January 2018
  • Manufacturers adopted the new standard on cordless blinds in December 2018
  • By 2019, all standard model window blinds will be cordless


Cordless Blinds & The Law

  • Corded blinds are not illegal or regulated under state or federal legislation
  • New, safer guidelines allow for cords on custom-made coverings
  • Per WCMA standards, custom cords should not be longer than 40% of their window’s height


Advice on Cords

  • We recommend installing cordless blinds to protect children and pets
  • If your properties have corded blinds and you cannot replace them, follow all safety and retrofitting advice to protect children and pets


Child-Safe Cordless Blinds & Shades

Upgrade to Cordless

LowER Lifetime Cost

  • Internal cordage makes cordless blinds less costly to install and maintain 
  • Increased supply ensures cordless blinds cost less than custom, corded blinds 
  • Cordless blinds last as long, if not longer than corded blinds

How Cordless Blinds Work

Each set of cordless blinds has an internal cord that runs through its slats. This hidden cord raises and lowers the window treatments just like corded blinds—only safer for children and pets.

  • Pull down on the bottom rail to lower
  • Tilt the bottom rail and push up to raise

Availability & Variety

Cordless blinds are becoming widely available. Industry experts predict that safer cordless blinds will replace 80–90% of all window coverings sold in North America3 in 2019. That means more products and more savings for businesses like yours.

Child Safety & Retrofitting Corded Blinds

Replacement is the best way to protect your clients, residents and their children and pets from injury and strangulation. If you cannot replace corded blinds with child-safe cordless blinds, take these precautions.

Retrofit Dangerous Cords

Replacement is best. If you cannot replace dangerous blinds, you can make them safer.

Cutting Looped Cords

  • Cut looped pull cords above the tassel to remove the loop
  • Remove equalizer buckles if they are present 
  • Attach the individual cords to separate tassels 
  • Do not tie or retie separated pull cords

Installing Cord Stops

  • Lower blinds to a safe desired length and lock them into position
  • Gather individual cords and pinch them together to create a loop close to the head rail
  • Slide a cord stop over the looped end 
  • Knot the cord’s loose end to the cord stop by slipping it through its loop and tightening 
  • The new position will limit the movement of interior lift cords

Safety Measures

Advise your staff, clients and residents on the hidden dangers of corded blinds and ensure these precautions.

  • Position cribs, beds and furniture away from windows and window cords
  • Shorten cords, links and tassels as much as possible so that they are out of reach 
  • Permanently anchor all looped cords to the floor or wall 
  • Check cord stops for proper installation and adjust to limit the movement


Warning - Window blind cord can strangle your child

*These precautions make blinds safer for children and pets. Cordless blinds are the safety standard.

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References & Citations

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1)

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Pediatric Injuries Related to Window Blinds, Shades, and Cords (2)

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Bloomberg BNA (3)

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