Guide to Safer for Kids Window Treatments

Abigail Sawyer | 07 Oct 2015 | Child Safety

Have little ones at home and want to make a safer choice when upgrading your window treatments? October is National Window Covering Safety Month, but cord safety is important to us all year long. In the video above we walk you through all of the window coverings available at to tell you which ones are safer for kids. Learn more about Window Covering Safety.

Window Treatments and Child Safety

Exposed window cords can be a strangulation hazard for small children and pets. We recommend outfitting your whole house with safer window treatments, but this is especially important in children's bedrooms, playrooms, and other areas where kids may be left unattended.

Cellular Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Traditional Corded Lift
  • Continuous Cord Loop
  • Corded Top-Down/Bottom-Up
  • Cordless Top-Down/Bottom-Up Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Cordless Lift
  • Motorized Lift

Shop Cellular Shades available with safer options.

Roller and Solar Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Beaded Chain Loop
  • Continuous Cord Loop Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Cordless Lift
  • Motorized Lift

Shop roller and solar shades available with safer cordless and motorized options.

Vertical Blinds

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Beaded Chain Loop
  • Continuous Cord Loop Safer for Kids Recommended Option:

  • Tilt Wand

Shop Vertical Blinds available with safer options.

Shutters Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • All Styles

Shop Shutters.

Vertical Cellular Shades or VertiCell Shades Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Adjustment handle with button

Shop Vertical Cellular Shades.

Sliding Panels

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Beaded Chain Loop
  • Continuous Cord Loop Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Adjustment Wand

Shop Sliding Panels available with safer options. 

Roman Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Corded Lift
  • Corded Top-Down/Bottom-Up Lift
  • Cordless Lift
  • Cordless Top-Down/Bottom-Up Lift
  • Continuous Cord Loop Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Completely Cordless Lift (available for Designer Roman Shades)

Shop Roman Shades available with safer options. 

Pleated Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • No pleated shade options are safe for kids.


Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Traversing draperies with cords (not sold at Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • All other styles.
  • Note: To make draperies even safer, install curtain rods securely into studs and choose clip drapery rings that prevent drapery rods from being pulled down.

Shop Curtains & Draperies and Clip Drapery Rings

Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blind and Aluminum Blinds

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • No wood, faux wood or aluminum blinds options are safer for kids.

Sheer Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Continuous Loop Cords
  • Corded Lift Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Motorized Power Wand
  • Motorized Lift with Remote

Shop Sheer Shades available with safer options.

Woven Wood Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • No woven wood shade options are safer for kids.

Exterior Solar Shades

Not Recommended for Kids:

  • Beaded Loop Chains Safer for Kids Recommended Options:

  • Crank Lift
  • Motorized Lift

Shop Exterior Shades available with safer options.

More Questions about Kids + Window Treatments?

Our designers will be happy to assist you at 800-505-1905, and you can learn more about retrofitting existing window coverings to be safer for kids in this post:

Are Your Windows Safer for Kids?

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw