Child-Safe Window Treatments That Don’t Compromise Style

Transform safety into style with our guide on child-safe window treatments.

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We all know how curious and adventurous little ones can be, right? Usually when babies become mobile, one of your main concerns as a parent is to baby-proof your home due to the entire house becoming their playground. And thinking about the nitty gritty details is non-negotiable, like blocking entry points, covering outlets, and finding child-safe window treatments.

Just think about it: from dangling cords to heaviness, there are all sorts of hazards associated with window treatments that can potentially harm children. Which is why choosing window coverings that not only are safe but don’t compromise on style should be a priority. But before we explore the types of child-safe window treatments and other child safety tips, let’s understand the risks.


Understanding the Risks

Discussing the risks involved with traditional window treatments isn’t something that’s immediately thought about. But the reality is, features like cords and strings on blinds and curtains can actually be pretty dangerous for children. Both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Canada Consumer Protection Safety Act (CCPSA have pointed out that these cords can pose a strangulation risk.

Data from organizations such as those mentioned above show that every year, many children are injured or worse because of these cords. It's a tough reality to face, but it's essential to understand the risks fully so you can take action to protect your kids.



Types of Child-Safe Window Treatments


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When it comes to choosing childproof window coverings, there are several options available. The good news is, these choices also meet the style requirements of many, so whether you’re searching for the best window treatments for a nursery or living room, the possibilities are endless.

Cordless Window Blinds and Shades

Cordless window blinds (child-safe) offer a safer alternative to traditional blinds and shades; they essentially eliminate the risk of entanglement and strangulation associated with cords. With several styles available, when it comes to cordless blinds that are kid-safe, we typically recommend Cellular Shades and Roller Shades. Roman Shades also offer a sophisticated alternative, though they may not be the most durable child safety window blind option for active spaces.

Motorized Window Treatments

Just like cordless options, motorized blinds are another child-safe window treatment alternative. Its luxurious, cordless system essentially eliminates the need for cords altogether, reducing the risk of accidents. In addition to being cordless, motorized blinds have the ability to operate automatically throughout the day in an effort to improve sleep quality.

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Blackout Curtains

Child-safe curtains: If you’re wondering whether curtains are safe for kids, then the answer is YES! Blackout curtains or Room darkening drapery are a child-safe window covering that creates the perfect sleeping environment for your child. Not only are blackout curtains cordless, making them entirely safe for all ages, but they also work to increase sleep quality, reduce nighttime waking, and maintain privacy.

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Other Child-Safe Options

In addition to cordless blinds, motorized options, and blackout drapery, the following child-safe window treatment alternatives are ideal:

  • Shutters are often overlooked, but they’re an excellent made-to-measure solution for child safety due to its lack of cords and unique construction.
  • Another great option would be vinyl roller shades, specifically because their low-maintenance construction allows them to be cleaned easily and last long against wear and tear.

Tips for Ensuring Child Safety


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Sure it’s easy to opt for purchasing window treatments when it comes to child safety, but what do you do when purchasing new window coverings isn't an option? It’s going to start with you taking action! Let’s dive into our go-to tips for ensuring child safety with window treatments.

How Can I Make My Existing Blinds Safer for My Child?

If you have existing blinds or shades, don't worry! Even with the ones you currently have, you can childproof your window treatments.

  • Secure cords out of reach: Keep those cords out of sight and away from wandering hands. Try using things like cord wind-upsk, retractors, or even tucking cords around the top of the blinds to make them inaccessible.
  • Cord management: Consider adding cord covers to your existing blinds. This small change can make a big difference in safety.

Educating Children about Window Safety

Of course, this tip is dependent on your kid's age, but knowledge is power!

Take a moment to explain to your kids why it's important to stay away from windows and not play with blinds or cords. You might even need to set some ground rules so they know they’re not allowed to touch them.

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Comply with Safety Standards

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) window blind safety strongly emphasizes the elimination of cords. Fortunately, in Canada, non-commercial window treatments can no longer feature lift cords, and even within the US, there are now child safety CPSC regulations for window treatments. So, when shopping around for new window treatments, try to keep an eye out for safety certifications; it’s the quickest way to make sure you’re getting something that meets safety standards.

Keep Up with Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Window treatments that look shabby just don’t cut it. They don’t make the room look good, and they’re definitely not going to be safe. So give your blinds and shades a once-over every now and then to check for wear and tear. If you spot any issues, fix them up right away. The same can be said for cleaning; dust really ruins the look, and having them clean will help them work properly. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way!

A Window to a Peace of Mind

As you consider your options for window treatments, we urge you to keep child safety at the forefront of your decision-making process. Remember, it's not just about style; it's about peace of mind. If you're ready to take the next step towards safer window treatments, we encourage you to reach out to our team for expert guidance and assistance at nearby Blinds To Go showroom. Our design consultants are here to help you make informed decisions and create a safer, more comfortable environment for your family.


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