Navigating the New Cordless Window Treatment Regulations with Ease

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The Window Covering Manufacturers Standards Association (WCMSA) in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has set a new standard that all indoor window treatments be cordless effective June 1, 2024. This standard has been set in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to help prevent any further, unfortunate, accidents involving children and pets when it comes to various cord types with indoor window treatments. 

This standard applies to both manufactured and custom-made window treatments that include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cellular shades
  • Horizontal blinds
  • Pleated shades
  • Traverse rods
  • Panel tracks
  • Roll-up style shades
  • Roller shades
  • Roman style shades
  • Vertical blinds

Since this standard applies to only indoor window treatments and the list above is not limited to these items; this leaves some confusion about outdoor window treatments as well as for what other products could potentially apply but are not specifically listed in the new standard. It’s our job, as designers, to find that clarity on your behalf. 

If you’re interested in reading the new regulation you can access it HERE.

The Dangers of Cords


The hazards cords present are the potential for children under the age of five, as well as pets, to become entangled in the cords. This can lead to an array of injuries from bruising to severe brain damage and even death. Statistically, this happens, silently, with a parent or guardian in the same room but unaware. Every year about nine children, under the age of five years old, die from strangulation in window coverings with cords. 

Embracing Safer Alternatives

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We want to actively be part of the solution to prevent accidents in your home by meeting this new compliance standard. It may feel confusing about the design options left available with this new standard. But, rest assured there are many cordfree and cordless options available. It’s our integrity to make the design process as seamless as possible as well as enjoyable. 

Our in-house designers and on-staff installers want your family to be safe while giving your design life. Safety can coexist with beauty and functionality. 

Factors to Consider

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There are many factors to consider when it comes to designing your window treatments. When you work with one of Apollo Draperies’ in-house designers, the first thing they want to get to know about you is your lifestyle. Then, they’ll want to dive into understanding your needs – what’s working, what’s not working. From here, they’ll go over the details of window locations, schematics, and design details with safety features to bring your vision to life. 

Popular Cordless Options

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There are many great products to choose from that provide cordless option, which include:

  1. Cordless Lift Shades: These shades are designed with a spring-loaded system that you simply raise and lower the shade with your hand. You can customize these shades to meet any window size along with the material and color that meets your needs and lifestyle. 
  1. Shutters: Are a great way to control how much natural light enters a room in various styles. As part of their design, there are no cords but various ways to open the shutters depending on the style you prefer – plantation, board and batten, cafe, louvered, tier on tier, and many more.
  1. Motorized Window Treatments: The innovation in window treatments that allows you to control the natural lighting, privacy, and temperature of a room from the palm of your hand with a remote control. These can be customized in various ways similar to cordless lift shades. 

Apollo Draperies’ Expertise

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Apollo Draperies is a third-generation legacy business with over 50 years of experience in the industry. We have our own onsite workroom that allows us to make one-of-a-kind soft and hard window treatments. 

When you partner with us you become like part of the family. Our design team takes their time to get to know you, your lifestyle, and your needs in order to collaborate with you on your design project. This includes ensuring we stay up to date with the latest regulations to make your design safe as well as stylish. 

If you have a project idea that you would love to see come to life in your home, schedule your free consultation through the button below. 

Take Your Window Treatments to the Next Level

At Exciting Windows! by Apollo, we believe in providing our customers with top-quality products and personalized customer service to help them create the home they’ve always dreamed of. Let’s work together to do the same for your home.

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