Wednesday, December 1, 2010

R is for Roman Shade Safety

The ABC’s of window treatments.  My goal is to finish up my series on window treatments by the end of this year.
Roman shades are probably the second most popular window coverings after panels, at least in the South East.
As a result of some accidents involving children and blinds, the Window Covering Manufactures Association has written a new standard for the way shades will be produced from now on.  It is a 46 page document but I'm going to try to summarize it on a very basic level so you will know how it relates to you as a designer, workroom or homeowner. You can find more information at the WCMA or the WCAA website.
The new standard says…………..
* The product shall have no accessible operating cords.
* If they are made with cords they will be encased in a cord shroud.
* They must have a cord tension device on the pull cord or chain that is properly installed.
* A warning tag that identifies manufacturer and location must be attached.
Below is a picture of the new encased lift cord and the EZ rig lift system that is sold by Rowley Company. 
                    Image via Rowley Co
Here is the Sure-Shade lift band system that uses 10” wide sheer bands to lift the shade instead of cords.
                          Image via Rowley Co
Both of these methods of construction have been tested and approved and I will begin fabricating this way as soon as the components are available  in January.
If you are an interior designer that sells window coverings like roman shades and balloon shades make sure that your workroom is aware of the new standards and that they are using the new methods.
Homeowners that would like a retrofit kit for an existing shade can get one at  Just be aware that the retrofit kit will render your shade inoperable.
This new standard is being adopted by Canada as well as the US.
Custom window treatments can be the single most important element in pulling together your decorating scheme. If you would like up to date window treatments that you are excited about send me an email.

3 comments: said...

I'm always SO paranoid about blinds and kids... I'm paranoid about everything.. :)I DID just order Roman blinds for my 16 year old... Guess I'm getting a little bit better. :)

Kellie Collis said...

Thank you for these tips! This will surely help baby proof homes better. Have a gorgeous day, Kellie xx

Tammy@InStitches said...

My son is 13 and has never even touched his roman shades but I'll sleep better at night knowing that I'm doing the right thing by making them safer for little ones.

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