Update for Standard for Safety with Cord Lock Mechanisms for Roman & Woven Shades

Everhem is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers, particularly when it comes to child safety. In line with this commitment, we are addressing the new regulations for cord lock mechanisms for Roman  & Woven Shades, as stipulated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).

Regulatory Changes:

Effective May 8th, 2024, Everhem will cease selling Cord Lock Custom Control, including Top Down Bottom Up options, in compliance with the updated safety standards outlined by ANSI/WMCA.


  • When will Everhem stop selling Cord Lock Custom Control?
    • Everhem will stop selling Cord Lock Custom Control as of May 8th, 2024
  • What is the new standard for Cord Lock Custom Control?
    •  “The 2022 revised, updated window covering standard, ANSI/WCMA (American National Standards Institute/Window Covering Manufacturers Association) A100.1-2022, has been approved by ANSI. The compliance date for the new standard for all companies manufacturing, distributing or selling window covering products in the U.S. is June 1, 2024. The 2022 updated standard will require the vast majority of all window covering products sold in the United States to be cordless or to have inaccessible or short cords. The revised, updated safety standard strengthens window-covering safety by eliminating the use of free hanging operating cords, free hanging tilt cords, and multiple cord connectors on all made-to-order custom window covering products.” 
    • Here you can read more on the Standard for Safety of Window Covering Products. 
  • What does this mean for Everhem? 
    • The regulation states that corded window coverings pose a risk to children, as cords can become entangled, potentially leading  to strangulation or other injuries. By ceasing the sale of Cord Lock Custom Control and only offering our Custom Control alternatives such as Chain Loop, Cordless, and Motorization, Everhem is taking proactive steps to mitigate these risks and ensure the safety of our customers, especially households with young children or pets.
  • What type of Custom Controls will not be available anymore?
    • Cord Lock and Top Down Bottom Up Custom Controls will no longer be available.
  • What can you get instead?
    • Alternatives include Chain Loop, Cordless, and Motorization Custom Controls.
  • How large is the headrail for Chain Loop, Cordless, and Motorization?
    • The headrail measures 2 3/4" in depth. Everhem recommends a minimum of 3" depth for inside mounting a shade.
  • How do I achieve blackout if my shade will now project 2 ¾” off the wall? ?
    • Opt for "Shade Operation Front" to ensure the fabric falls off the back of the shade, laying closer to the window, thus achieving blackout effect.
  • What do I do if I already have a Cord Lock or Top Down Bottom Up shade?
    • Don’t worry! It is okay to own and install a Cord Lock or Top Down Bottom Up shade that you previously own. What's most important is to install the cleats provided so you can wrap the cord, which abide by the safety measures that were in place for many years and have proven successful in preventing risk when utilized. . If you need a cleat please contact hello@everhem.com and we will get you what you need, at no cost!! 

Everhem is dedicated to prioritizing the safety of our customers while offering high-quality window treatment solutions. We encourage our clients to embrace the transition to safer custom controls and remain confident that our alternative options will be functional, design driven, and provide peace of mind. To learn more about those options read more here. Should you have any further inquiries or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@everhem.com

Thank you for your continued trust in Everhem.


Haley & Adam Weidenbaum

Everhem Founders