In the past few years, the conversation surrounding protecting children from the cords on window treatments has evolved to become a major focus in discussions of home safety. 

In fact, as of June 1, 2024, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and American National Standards Institute are requiring the majority of all window coverings sold in the United States to be cordless, or to have inaccessible or short cords. 

The team at EcoSmart Shades has been at the forefront of the conversation surrounding child safety, conducting research on how our products can improve home safety while bringing the same functionality and style to your space. Here are a few of our top picks for child-safe window shades:

What are Child-Safe Window Shades? 

Child-safe window shades are designed to minimize the risk of injury to young children by keeping cords out of their reach. Instead of dangling cords, child-safe shades use cordless systems or motorization to operate. We think the options for child-safe window shades that have emerged in the past few years are particularly innovative, and are excited to start offering more of these unique options. 

Styles of Child-Safe Window Shades 

While there are many different styles of child-safe window shades, we think the following options are some of the best available for their simplicity, opportunity for customization, and incredible functionality. Let’s dive in. 

1. Cordless Cellular Shades

Cordless cellular shades are a type of cellular shade that features no exposed cords. Instead, users can raise or lower the shade to any position using a small unobtrusive handle on the bottom rail.

Just like all cellular shades, cordless cellular shades feature a unique honeycomb structure that provides excellent insulation, helping to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy costs over time. 

For more on Cellular Shades, check out our guide.

2. Roller Shades

For easy functionality and reliable style, opt for classic roller shades. The shades’ beaded chain and clutch/pulley system allows you to smoothly raise and lower even the largest shades with ease, while a range of roller/solar fabrics makes sure you’ll find the right solution for light filtering and privacy in any room. 

3. Motorized Shades

For both convenience and safety, try motorized shades. Available in both cellular and roller shade styles, motorized shades can be controlled via remote, smartphone, or even voice commands when paired with your smart home integration. 

Got questions about how the above styles of window shade will fit your space? Our Shade Gurus are here to help. Reach out to the team from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 for personalized advice, recommendations, and more.