Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades
It always amazes me how fast kids can get into things. It just takes a split second for them to be jumping off the back of the couch, chewing something they shouldn’t be, or playing with the cords on the blinds. Even the most vigilant of moms can’t keep them out of trouble all the time. It is really important that we make our homes as safe as possible – especially our children’s rooms.
Start with the windows
One of the easiest things we can do to make our homes a little safer for our children is to remove the dangling cord on our window coverings. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top 5 hidden hazards in the American home. This October, the Window Covering Council and the CPSC are urging all families with young children to only use cordless window coverings, or window coverings designed with child-safe cords.
Luckily there are many window coverings designed to be stylish as well as safe for young children. There are fixed cords, cordless blinds, and motorized options available in a variety of styles and colors.
Say goodbye to cords
One of the easiest and cost-effective option for safe windows is the LiteRise® lifting system from Hunter Douglas. To raise or lower your window covering, you simply lift the small handle at the bottom of the product. Your shades move smoothly and stay exactly where you left them. There is no cord to worry about, and you get a nice streamlined look.
There’s an app for that
For a more contemporary option, consider motorized shades. Open or close your shades with the touch of a button. You can choose to operate your motorized system with a hand-held remote (much like your TV remote), a wireless wall switch, or even with an app on your iPhone or iPad! Besides being a very quiet and easy way to make your blinds safe for your children, it is fun to push a button and have your blinds move exactly where you want them to.
Not ready to give up the cords entirely? There are window coverings with child-safe cord designs that you can choose from. Fixed length cords are a great compromise, especially for families with older children. The patented Hunter Douglas system, called UltraGlide®, features a retractable pull cord that maintains a constant length whether the shade is raised or lowered. This reduces access to the lift cord and eliminates excess dangling cords. This is a good solution for older children who want to have more control over the light in their bedroom. When you pull, let go of the cord, which then springs back to its original length.
A loop cord maintains its length, regardless of how you pull on it. The loop is attached to the wall to keep it secure and safe from children. This is best left for older children just in case the cord becomes separated from the wall.
Get it done right
Every home is unique, and with so many options available, it can be a little overwhelming to choose the right fit for your family. Factors like furniture arrangement, children’s ages, size and type of windows, climate, and personal style, all play a part in selecting the window covering that is both safe and attractive. Once the right shade is selected, it is important that the product is installed properly. Consult with a certified window coverings designer to create your own safe, fashionable room.