A very special client is having a baby any day now. The crib is between two windows and this expecting mom was really hoping for beautiful London shades. Knowing full well the safety issues with shades, I was determined to find a way to make her the treatment she wanted. However, I had to find a way where I would 100% certain the shade could not possibly present any danger in this room. I do not want to spend a single moment wondering whether or not I did the right thing. While ladder tapes and shrouds provide complete compliance with the new standards, I wanted an over-the-top level of assurance for these two windows. I did not want to lose a moment's sleep wondering about them for the next 5 years.
I'm not ready to show the fronts of the treatments yet- those will come later in the summer- but I do want to share the backs, and the solution I arrived at.
I sewed by hand a 7" wide strip of winter white voile over the rows of rings and lift cord. Ta-da. That's it. That's it! The first question regarding shade safety is: Is there an exposed cord in the back? And the answer is, no! No exposed cord = no risk. It cannot be accessed. Holy cow, it is such a simple solution.
At the bottom, where the weight bar is tacked, the strip is sewn across part-way. At the top it's left open to allow the lift cord through.
I think this would work with any shade except for a flat Roman: Londons, relaxed, dog-ear, or balloon shades, modified as needed for specific styles.
I was inspired by the double-sided shades made by my CHFA Forum-mates Scot Robbins, Mary Ann Quinn, and many others over the years. I thought I could adapt that concept to this application. Many thanks to them for sharing their ideas and photos.