If you and your family are like many who find themselves spending more time at home, you may want to evaluate your window treatments to determine how safe they are for your younger ones. Children are naturally curious little explorers! As you know, especially these days, they are all over the house seeking activities to fill their inquisitive minds and busy hands. Cords are tempting to small children and are one of the “top five hidden hazards in American homes,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And while we all may have the best of intentions, oftentimes it is easy to overlook certain aspects of window coverings, particularly those in children’s bedrooms and playrooms. Fortunately, Budget Blinds has taken a leadership position in offering a wide selection of cordless child-safe blinds and cordless shades, along with state-of-the-art motorized options, that help reduce the risk of accidents or injury. When it comes to deciding on the safest choice in window coverings for a home with children or pets, it’s wise to know which brands and retailers offer those window treatments that meet the minimum safety requirements, as established by the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association (WCMA) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC). It’s also good to know that Budget Blinds adheres to these stringent standards so you and your family can have peace of mind knowing they are in a safer environment.
Current window treatment safety requirements.
As of December 2018, there is a new window covering safety standard in effect that may change how you shop for window treatments and/or how you view the window treatments you already have. The current safety standard, known as ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018, is the result of several years of collaboration among groups such as the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the window covering industry, and consumer groups. This new standard states that all stock products in the U.S, sold in stores and online, must be cordless. You may have noticed this on a recent trip to find “in-stock” blinds or shades. Knowing which product will function the best, be easiest to operate or have the most color options and best warranty can be overwhelming or confusing. And what about tall windows that are hard to reach? Let your local Budget Blinds design consultant show you the options available for your home!
We’re here to help with child and pet-friendly window treatments.
Your child’s safety is our top priority just like yours as parents, caregivers or grandparents, and as such, you can count on Budget Blinds for child-safe window coverings that provide the ideal setting for a fun, playful family room or nursery. As a member of the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association (WCMA) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), we strive to offer only those window treatments that meet or exceed today’s rigorous standards. One example of our continued commitment to child safety is reflected in our participation of the Best for Kids™ Certification Program, which was launched by the WCSC. The primary goals for Best for Kids™ are to educate consumers about potential window-cord hazards that young children may encounter, and to assist consumers in making the smart choice when selecting window coverings. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must meet specified program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third-party testing laboratory. Budget Blinds offers cordless blinds and shades that are certified “Best for Kids”.
Cordless blinds…the new standard in child-safe blinds.
Window blinds, with horizontal slats and cords have long been considered one of the most popular window treatments, thanks to their durability, versatility, and affordability. Available in a number of different materials, such as wood, vinyl, aluminum, and composites, custom blinds allow you to adjust the amount of light coming in from the outside, while also offering privacy when you need it. Window blinds are now available with cordless lift. At Budget Blinds, our commitment to helping you keep your children and pets safe with state-of-the-art, safety-first window coverings begins early in our product design phase and continues throughout the entire manufacturing process by our array of vendor partners. The result of this rigorous and innovative approach to window coverings means you can have peace of mind knowing your children and pets are in a safer environment. In addition to helping ensure the safety of young children and pets in your home, cordless blinds from Budget Blinds also offer an attractive, budget-friendly, and stylish way to dress your windows and control light and privacy. Here are just a few reasons blinds are a good choice for active families:
- Faux wood blinds offer the look of wood blinds at an affordable price.
- They are constructed out of a durable polymer material making the perfect for high humidity areas like kitchens and baths. Plus, they are very easy to clean!
- The cordless options from lift and lock to standard cordless lift makes them safe for the entire family including your pets.
Don’t overlook chic, modern and child-safe shades.
From the modern, clean lined pleats of cellular shades to the sleek design of roller shades, Budget Blinds shades offer a myriad of versatile design options that transform a room instantly, not only with a stylish modern design, but the clean look of no dangling cords adding the ultimate in child safety! Child and pet-friendly shades can be ordered with a cordless lift or motorized lift, making them an ideal solution for homes with small children. Our collection of window shades offers a complete line of woven shades in textured, natural fibers like jute and flax, and an impressive choice of custom roller shades in contemporary prints and colors perfect for nurseries, fun kids rooms or lively family rooms that you won’t find anywhere else. Below are a few reasons why shades from Budget Blinds make a great addition to any room:
- Aside from being child-safe, shades offer improved energy efficiency helping to lower energy bills. Choose from light filtering to room darkening in an army of colors, textures and patterns.
- Graphic shades are an especially popular style for children’s rooms.
- Our popular top-down/bottom-up function gives you greater flexibility for privacy and light control and is available as a cordless option.
- A variety of child safe operating systems from cordless lift, motorized wand control, and affordable battery-operated remote control.
Add an enduring child-safe designer’s touch with shutters.
It’s no secret that shutters add a premium, inviting ambiance to a room while elevating your existing décor, and because they are cordless, shutters are a great option for kids’ rooms and playrooms to ensure optimal privacy and child safety. In addition to their lasting beauty,
shutters provide exceptional light adjustment with their movable louvers, available in three popular louver sizes. Select from a wide selection of paint colors, and wood tones or custom match your existing trim color. Shutters are also a perfect option for unique, customized shapes. With their ease of operation, and because they are designed without cords, shutters are a safe option for homes with children and pets, and for added convenience, they can even be motorized! Here are just a few reasons why shutters from Budget Blinds might top your list for child-safe window treatments:
- Are a great option for arched, round or other unique window shapes.
- Since they are designed without cords, shutters are a safe option for homes with children and pets.
- For the ultimate in sophisticated operation, consider our state-of-the-art motorized tilt. Adjust your louvers with the touch of a button.
- Composite shutters are the perfect choice in child-friendly products. Easy to clean, durable and with their lifetime guarantee on the finish, even Dad will love that these will never need to be repainted.
Elevate child-safe operation with motorized window coverings.
When it comes to combining innovative, state-of-the-art technology with child-safe window treatments, it’s hard to match the convenience and peace of mind of motorized window coverings. Motorized window coverings allow you to program and automate the opening and closing of your window treatments for enhanced energy efficiency, privacy and UV protection - with effortless convenience. From blinds to shades, the pushbutton convenience of motorized operation offers a safe indoor environment for children and pets by eliminating loose or dangling cords. Below are a few reasons why motorized window coverings may be your next child-friendly choice for that playroom or children’s bedroom:
- Motorized window coverings offer several outstanding benefits that include enhanced safety, UV protection, and privacy.
- Select from several control options - from wireless wall switches to hand-held remotes.
- Motorized blinds and shades promote a safe indoor environment for children and pets by eliminating loose or dangling cords.
- Unique sensors allow you to increase energy efficiency by automatically adjusting window coverings with rising temperatures.
Let our Smart Home Collection by Budget Blinds create the ultimate child-safe environment.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to simply use an app on your phone to lower the shades in your child’s room as you carefully carry that sleeping infant or toddler to their room? Well then prepare to be AMAZED with our trend-forward Smart Home Collection by Budget Blinds, a tech-driven suite of seamless pushbutton solutions that lets you control your window coverings, lighting, climate, and entertainment systems, all from your smart device, handheld remote control, or keypad. From motorized window coverings, to a SONOS whole-home wireless sound system, suddenly an enhanced child-safe feature becomes an entire experience at your fingertips. And with our motorized retrofit solutions, you can even upgrade the blinds and shades you already love, and at a price that will make you smile. With this level of unmatched convenience, safety and versatility, it’s no wonder we like to say, “for your everyday life, Budget Blinds has you covered.” Here are a few ways our Smart Home Collection by Budget Blinds can transform your home, while elevating child safety:
- Our Smart Home Collection is easy to use, easy to afford, and uses the latest integrated wireless technology. No electrician required!
- Since they are cordless, motorized shades and blinds are child and pet-friendly and are available in a wide variety of colors and materials.
- Professional installation and programming is provided for all Smart Home Collection solutions for a seamless, reliable experience.
As you can see, when it comes to child safety, there are an array of solutions to choose from. Since we are spending more time at home now, it’s the perfect time to upgrade your space with child-safe window treatments from Budget Blinds. We do it all for you (and your children too), so you can sit back, enjoy your window treatments, and have total peace of mind.