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October is Window Covering Safety Month

When it comes to cord safety I tend to be a stickler- I will untangle a cord if I see one that needs it anywhere!  Some people don’t realize how dangerous tied up blind strings or an unmounted cord loop can be, kids are curious and active.  From the CPSC in the US between 1996 and 2012 there were 184 deaths and 101 non-fatal incidents; children can lose consciousness in seconds. One more death is too many!  I watched, well I tried to, a clip from ABC News earlier this year it truly was one of the scariest things I have seen– a child hanging along the window kicking as the mother screamed, I believe the child was ok but that should not happen in another home again.

What can you do?

Changing your window treatments to cordless is the safest way to take care of the certified_label__2_-300x198problem, at Korner Window I have several brands and products that are certified ‘Best for Kids’, however I am aware it is not always possible to make this immediate upgrade. If you are not ready to have Korner Window come to your home measure your windows, help you select the right product for your home, and install your new shades I hope you will take a look at your existing window coverings and make these small adjustments.

Blinds and shades with a hanging cord (or cord lock)

  • Cords should have no knots in them
  • Cord/tassel should be kept as short as possible- (Before making any cuts be sure to operate your shade all the way open and shut before and don’t forget you have to be able to reach it.)
  • Cord should then be attached to the wall on a cord cleat keeping them out of reach of children and pets.

Shades and drapes with a cord loop

  • Loops should be mounted to the wall leaving little slack in the chain or cord

window_child-789459_172x172Please call or email me with any concerns you have in making your current products safer for your home.  I have cord cleats and cord tensioners on hand as well!

For current information about cord safety visit windowcovering.org

Visit kornerwindow.com or my showroom in Kings Hometown Furniture and Floorcovering, downtown Ackley to visit with me about Best for Kids options.

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Roman Shades: Unique for Every Project

Roman Shades can be so many different things

They can keep a room feeling light and airy with a functional finishing touch or distinctly designed as a layering shade in any room.

Roman shades have many styles, operating systems, and price ranges.

A flat roman will provide a clean and simple look at a reasonable price point with either ribbed or not ribbed folds.  I love a flat roman because of its smaller stack and its ability to quietly compliment a room focusing on the other details in a room

A hobbled shade is great for a soft and fuller look when the shade is lowered.  With the endless fabric choices available a hobbled shade can be a, or part of, focal point of the room.

A relaxed shade when lowered will appear like a flat roman shade however when it is raised it is very unstructured and sort of smiles at you.  I love that we used this roman shade above in the kitchen to compliment the family room window yet add a bit of whimsy with the smaller pattern.

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Balloon and Austrian Shades are much fuller roman shades often frillier as well

Cordless one option on roman shades make them appear very clean and simple without the added cord lock also makes them a ‘Best for Kids’ product.  Motorized is another option that is very convenient for hard to reach windows or integrating with home technology.

Top down bottom up is also a favorite feature the ability to have view from the top of a window without losing your privacy is highly valued in many rooms!

For more about Roman Shades stop in, call, or message and we can visit about my offerings from Horizons, Alta, or Persona!


Korner Window is located in Kings Hometown, downtown Ackley.  I offer in home consultations, measure, and installation.

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