Reasons to Make the Switch to Cordless Blinds
Cordless Blinds Are Safer for Kids, Simpler and More Stylish
- They’re Recommended for Childproofing—The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) recommends only using cordless window coverings in the nursery and rooms where kids will be playing. This is especially important in rooms for kids age 6 to 12 months, says the APA, as kids in this age range could reach the cords and become tangled, risking strangulation. In fact, a 2015 investigation from ABC news found that there have been over 200 deaths associated with corded blinds and nearly 17,000 related injuries reported from 1990 to 2015. Clearly, if you’re childproofing your home, it’s best to stick to cordless. Corded blinds are still just fine and recommended for homes with adults and older children.
- They Will Soon Be the Standard—As a result of the aforementioned safety issues, the window blind industry has launched a “Best for Kids” campaign to promote cordless blinds. This new initiative has helped to reduce the number of blinds-related injuries in children. And, as of last year, many window covering manufacturers have adopted cordless blinds as the standard. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently worked together to come up with a new safety standard which requires blinds to be made without accessible cords that could cause entanglement. This standard has made corded blinds safer, too, but requiring manufacturers to make the cords less accessible. Factory Direct Blinds offers many cordless blinds options with the Certified Best for Kids seal and CPSC certification.
- They’re Great for Adults, too—Corded blinds shouldn’t be outlawed permanently due to the fact that cords can make adjustments easier for older adults and those with disabilities. For many, cords must be within reach of a wheelchair and not require excessive stretching or reaching. Unfortunately, many of the new, modern cordless blinds have cords that are not quite as accessible to these users. A great way to achieve the sleek, polished look of cordless blinds but still maintain accessibility is to switch to motorized cordless blinds that can be operated with a remote control. Make sure to select a set of blinds or shades from Factory Direct Blinds that is eligible for the motorized upgrade.
- They’re More Minimalistic and Stylish—Blinds have long been the window covering of choice for minimalists—no treatment is quite as simplistic and sleek—but cordless blinds take that to a whole new level! With no extraneous components and nothing that dangles, these attractive window coverings are perfect for homeowners and decorators who appreciate a neat, clean appearance. With the new standards emerging, it won’t be long before we associate corded styles with traditional or out-of-date décor, so it’s a good way to enhance your design scheme and make it feel more updated.
Selecting Cordless Blinds
Factory Direct Blinds is always available to help you choose the right cordless blinds for your space and budget. These coverings come in a huge assortment of styles, finishes and colors, including mini blinds, faux wood blinds and vertical blinds, so they’ll certainly look right at home wherever you install them. We also offer cordless pleated shades for those who prefer the look of shades but need a cordless option. You can always reach out to us by phone or e-mail if you have any specific questions about our cordless blinds.