Do you worry about child safe window treatments? Do you get frustrated with your blinds’ cords? It can be scary when the cords get shredded or tangled between each strand. Are your kids at risk? Sometimes cords even break apart; making it almost impossible to lower and raise your blinds. However, most of us tolerate our blind cords till they’re completely broken. Holding our breath and watching kids closely. A messed up cord generally doesn’t seem like enough to spend money on a new set of blinds.
There Are Serious Safety Considerations
Recent data has given us a new and very compelling reasons to banish blinds with cords. Your child or grandchild’s safety is in fact at risk. Data over the last several decades has found that cords are a choking and safety hazard for young children. In fact, Consumer Product Safety Commission classified corded window coverings one of the top 5 hidden hazards in American homes. Infants and children can accidentally become entangled in window blind cords. Kids can have their breathing impacted when they’re stuck in them.
Buy Cordless for Child Safe Window Treatments
Blinds and shades have dramatically changed over time. Now, they’ve developed hidden mechanisms where you use your hand to just raise and drop them. Cordless blinds and shades are safer and better able protect your vulnerable family members.
As you evaluate your home decoration, window treatments like blinds, curtains, motorized shades, and draperies are what most families compare and consider. These all have advantages and disadvantages, but one will probably stand out as right for your home.
What is a Valance?
Before deciding if you should get a valance for any window treatment, you’ll need to know what a valance is. The short answer to the question “what is a valance?” is a decorative topper that cleverly disguises the hardware of draperies and blinds. Another advantage of a valance is that it adds a finished look and frame to the window whether it’s open or closed.
Some Valance History
Valances have also been called window top treatments. They were common in the Victorian era, especially with fabric matching the draperies. As blinds have become more common, valances have been used more with them. In fact, most blind companies offer matching valances. Thus, valances range from the basic to the glamorous.
Most valances are usually a piece of fabric that attaches to a metal or wood rod. The type of fabric could be a light weight cotton, silk, leather, or almost any type of material. For blinds it’s often more of a rigid box. It’s attached to the rod with brackets. As a result, valances come in different dimensions, but most are some type of rectangle.
There are numerous valance forms from balloon to swag & tail. For instance, with a balloon valance, a lightweight fabric is used to create a “ballooning” out appearance to it. A swag & tail has the shape of a sideways “C” with a tail of fabric coming down on each side. These are just a couple examples but numerous others exist.
If you want to discuss valences and how they can accentuate your home, don’t hesitate to contact our window treatment experts at Armand’s Drapery.