I wrote this post for interior designer Suzanne Simon and it was lost on her site so I'm reprinting it here:
I love to help my clients with their window coverings. There are so many designs in fabric and blinds and color combinations that to the inexperienced, choosing what’s best for your home can seem overwhelming. I can help you.Now’s the time, before the holidays and cold weather to make some changes. Window coverings can make your home cozy, improve lighting, and save energy.Now, before the holidays when the little ones come to visit, is also a good time to make sure your window coverings are safe. Just as we hear every year about babies falling through second-floor screened windows, so do we hear of children and pets getting tangled in window cords and choking.The Window Covering Safety Council has some tips to make sure your children and grand kids are safe:
- Never place a crib, playpen, bed or any type of low-standing furniture near a window. In exploring their surroundings, young children can accidentally fall through an open window or window screen, or become tragically entangled in a nearby window cord.
- If you have looped pull cords, retrofit the cords for safety.
· Rapidly gaining favor in today's window fashions, are cordless designs. They are the best choice for use in children's bedrooms and any area of the home where children spend time playing. In fact, cordless designs are favored by consumers and decorators. They love the "clean" look and streamlined design.
Most traditionally corded window fashions, either vertical or horizontal, are available in "cordless" styles through the use of spring-loaded mechanisms, battery- or motor-operated lift controls, or simple wand pulls. I will be happy to talk with you about your windows, and budget.