Kids & Cords: A Deadly Combination

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that cords from window coverings are one of the top 5 safety hazards in your home. There have been over 500 child strangulation from blinds and shade cords over the past few decades.

Over 5 million window coverings have been recalled in recent years because of injury and death to babies and young children. Recalled products include vertical and horizontal blinds, rollup blinds, Roman shades and roller shades. Strangulation and injury can occur anywhere in the house where children can wrap these cords around their necks or become entangled in the loops. This can happen quickly and silently.

To prevent child strangulation, the CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in homes where children are present.

Safety Matters Checklist:

Window Coverings, Shutters

Window Coverings

  • Examine all shades & blinds in your home for exposed or dangling cords.
  • Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.
  • Use Kid Safe Certified cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  • Position cribs, beds, playpens and other furniture against walls that have no windows and no window cords.
  • Permanently anchor all loops on every window covering cord anywhere in your home to the door or to the wall.
  • Ask your Danmer Designer how to replace older window treatments with cordless ones. Danmer carries a full line of cordless blinds, shades and custom shutters that are safe for everyone in the family.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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Why Kid Safe Window Coverings Matter – The Facts

Window Coverings can be a beautiful but deadly addition to your home if you do not install the proper ones. Children are susceptible to injuries and even deaths by cords from some window coverings. Kid safe window coverings come in a variety of beautiful fashions that pose no risk to your family.

Parentsforwindowblindsafety.org has an extensive database of all reports injuries and deaths to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission dating back to 1972.  The information on this page is for reporters, government officials, attorneys and anyone else interested in window covering safety.  We will add to this page so please keep it bookmarked for updates.

FAQ submitted by PFWBS

How many children have been killed or injured by cords from window coverings?

  • 554

    Window Coverings can kill, protect your family but selecting cordless.

    Kids and Cords: A Deadly Combo

What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?

  • This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI standard.

If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its
safe?

  • NO! This safety standard is developed and written by the manufactures. Long operational or pull cords, accessible inner cords and faulty tension devices all comply with the most current 2012 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.

How safe are the safety kits passed out by the Window Coverings Safety Council?

How can I tell if a window covering is safe for children?

  • If the window covering has no accessible cords, front and back, it is safe.  Please see our safe products page for products that have been tested for safety.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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Introducing the Shutter Shopper App!

Custom Shutters

Custom Shutter App for android or apple.

The Shutter Shopper app is a revolutionary app brought to you by Danmer Custom Shutters for your Apple or Android device! The Shutter Shopper app lets you visualize how custom shutters will look in your home!

Using the Shutter Shopper app is simple! In just 3 short steps, you will see just how beautiful your home can be with custom shutters!

  1. Snap a photo of your windows.
  2. Outline the Window using the app.
  3. Select your shutters from a variety of colors, louver size and tilt rod options!

Once completed you will be able to see the beautify and elegance that custom shutters can bring to your home! Then you can save and share your design with family and friends!

The app is available now in the Apple App Store and in Google Play! Download it today or call one of our design specialist and they will bring the showroom to you!

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Simple Window Treatment Tips for Large Windows

large windows - window coveringsLarge windows provide lots of light and usually a nice view. Having nice, large windows can open up a room and make you feel like you’re more a part of nature but they can also be a pain to cover. Without proper window treatments you’ll have a severe lack of privacy and the blinding sun can shine in whenever it wants; whether you’re watching TV with a glare or suffering through a hot day that your big window is making even hotter. Follow these simple tips for choosing and utilizing window treatments for large windows.

1. Choose proper window treatments for large windows. Some window treatments are better than others when it comes to covering larger windows. Vertical blinds for example work well and are an affordable option. They can be closed completely to block unwanted sun or to provide a little privacy. Vertical blinds can also be tilted open slightly to allow indirect sunlight in or pulled open all the way to provide an unhindered view.

Shutters are also a popular option for large windows. Choose custom shutters that will fit the window perfectly no matter what size or shape it is. Shutters installed on all windows in the room create a distinctive look that you’ll love for years to come.

2. Select energy efficient window treatments. You lose a lot of air through windows, especially large ones. Installing a large window in the room can make it much more difficult to regulate the temperature inside the room, unless of course you select energy efficient window treatments. Danmer’s Thermalite shutters are specially designed to insulate three times better than Danmer also offers blinds and shades that can deflect unwanted sunlight and restrict air flow which will lower your energy costs and save you money month after month.

3. Choose the color and style carefully. You may love that bright color or deep, rich stain, but when you get it on your large window it may be too much. Larger windows are usually best covered with neutral colors that flow with the rest of the room. You can match the color of the walls or choose an off-white color. Either way make sure to complement the existing décor because your large window treatments will be taking up a lot of wall space.

4. Buy American. With the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy and the awareness of our jobs being sent overseas, many Americans are making it a priority to buy American and window treatments are no different. Look for the “Made in the U.S.A” label before you make an investment in new window coverings.

5. Trust Danmer for large window treatments. One of the best tips is to let a Danmer design specialist help you select the best window treatments for your home. Danmer will not only help you make the right choice, we will also do all of the measuring and then custom make your window coverings in our U.S.-based factory. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re working with a professional company that has been in business for over 35 years and offers a comprehensive warranty on all products.

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Why UltraLuxe is the Right Decision for Your New Window Treatments

ultraluxeYou have a lot of options when it comes to new shutters for your home. Different materials, styles and companies are available; but this is an investment in your home and you want to choose wisely. If you go for the less expensive option, you could be faced with having to replace or repair them after just a few years. Opt for a less than reputable company and you could have problems with workmanship or customer service. You’ll have a quick and pleasant experience when you choose Danmer Custom Shutters and if you select the UltraLuxe shutters you will feel confident knowing you selected some of the highest quality shutters available. Find out why UltraLuxe shutters are the right decision for you.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made from Premier Hardwood™ and Thermalite™ Louvers

Danmer joined the best of both worlds when creating the UltraLuxe shutters. The frames and stiles are built from Premier Hardwood and the louvers feature the high-tech Thermalite material. Thermalite louvers are made from a highly-durable, synthetic material that is guaranteed to not peel, chip, crack or warp.

UltraLuxe Shutters Feature the Patented Duraglide Louver Tension System

Inside and out UltraLuxe shutters are top-of-the-line. Danmer’s patented Duragline Louver Tension ensures the louvers will never need to be adjusted or tightened. You will always be able to open and close your shutters with ease, no matter how long you have them in your home.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Energy Efficient

Installing shutters with Thermalite louvers means that you’ll save money on heating and cooling costs for your home. Each louver is made from a non-toxic, synthetic, solid polymer that insulates up to 3 times better than wood. Better insulation means a more comfortable temperature inside your home and lower energy costs. You may even quality for a Federal Energy Tax Credit.

UltraLuxe Shutters Have an Excellent Warranty

A company can make lots of claims about their products, but it’s a lot different if the company guarantees it. Danmer guarantees the workmanship, labor parts and finish of the UltraLuxe shutter so you’ll be able to buy with confidence. Your UltraLuxe warranty is even transferrable if you sell the home.

• 10-year warranty on the painted finish
• 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor
• Lifetime guarantee on all moving parts, including the Duraglide louver tension system

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made in America

Last but certainly not least, UltraLuxe shutters are manufactured in the U.S.A. Unlike other companies who say their products are made in the U.S. but in reality they’re just assembled here; when you buy UltraLuxe shutters you’ll feel great knowing that every piece is made and assembled in the Danmer workshops in California. You get a great product and you support an American company. It’s clear that UltraLuxe shutters are the right choice for your home.

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10 Amazing Photos of Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors are a great addition to your home but window coverings can be tricky. Since the doors will need to be opened you need window treatments that can either be moved completely to the side or they need to be attached directly to the door.

Window treatments for French doors are best when custom made. Off-the-shelf options rarely fit properly or look the way you want them to look. Browse these 10 amazing photos of custom shutters for French doors to get some ideas of what to do in your home.french-doors1

1. With custom-made shutters, French doors can be covered to match existing windows in the room for a beautiful, unified look.

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Danmer’s handcrafted shutters can be attached directly to the door or it can be opened for an unobstructed view without having to open the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Custom shutters look great for windows and doors of any size or shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Create a statement in any room with classic, timeless custom shutters for French doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. The sharp attention to detail and style is ensures that every window treatment fits perfectly. Shutters that are built into doors fit so snug that when closed they let in very little light, giving you privacy and helping with heating and cooling costs.

 

 

 

 

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6. If you have an entire wall full of windows, consider matching the window treatments on your French doors to the rest of the window coverings in the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Sliding shutters for French doors are installed on a track. They provide complete coverage when closed, and when you want to open the doors or enjoy a complete view simply slide the shutters to the side.

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Another option is bi-fold shutter doors. These can be folded to the side to reveal the doors. The only drawback is that you need to have enough floor space available for the doors to open up.

 

 

 

 

 

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9. These stunning shutters on both doors and windows allow in plenty of light when opened.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. If you want window treatments for French doors that will stand and look beautiful for years; it’s time to discover the Danmer difference. Schedule a no-obligation, in-home design consultation to find out more.

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What are my Window Treatment Options for French Doors?

french door window treatmentsIf you have beautiful French doors in your home and you’re not quite sure how to cover them, you’re not alone. Window treatments for French doors can be a little challenging. It’s great to have something that will block out the light and provide a little privacy when you want it, but you also have to be able to move it completely to the side to open the door. The best answer is custom window treatments.

Custom window treatments can be designed to fit any size, shape or style French door. Here are some custom window treatment options for French doors.

Custom Shutters

A popular choice is custom shutters. There are two types of installation options. The first one is custom shutters that are designed to fit right onto a French door without interfering with the glass, handle or the door itself. French door shutters fit snug so that when they’re closed, very little light passes through. This is a great option for bedrooms or any other room where you want extra control over the light.

Bi-fold Shutters

The second option is bi-fold shutters that are not attached directly to the door. This choice is typically based on the look of the room and how much floor space is available around the door. When pushed open, the shutter panels swing out into the room and then fold flat against each other. This works well if you want to uncover the entire area, but it is necessary to have enough floor space around the doors

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades can also work for French doors. Either is a good option because they can be opened a little to provide some light or opened completely to reveal the entire door. When opened they do not take up much space so it’s a perfect choice for smaller rooms. At Danmer you can choose from a wide variety of blinds and shades in different colors and styles.

Whether you prefer shutters, blinds or shades; you can get high quality window coverings for French doors at Danmer. Danmer design specialists will measure everything precisely and then our highly skilled craftsmen will handcraft your window treatments to the perfect specifications so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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How to Select Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors

blinds sliding glass doorsSliding glass doors are attractive and functional, but finding window coverings you like can be difficult. Since sliding doors will be opened and closed a lot, it is important to choose window treatments that can be moved completely out of the way. For this reason, blinds are an excellent choice. Here are some tips for selecting blinds for sliding glass doors.

Choosing the Right Style

Obviously one of the most important aspects of selecting blinds for your home is the color and style. From 100% basswood blinds to faux wood blinds that can be painted in a wide array of colors, Danmer has a lot to choose from. The most common type of blinds used for large areas such as sliding glass doors is vertical blinds. They are easy to open and close and when opened they take up very little space.

You’ll also have to consider color. Think about the colors already in the room and what kind of look you’re going for. Do you want the blinds to blend into the room so you choose a bright white or cream color? Or do you want to make a statement with a rich espresso or a deep cherry? Whatever look you’re going for, a Danmer design specialist can help. Just remember that you’ll likely want to match the blinds on your sliding glass door to the blinds on other windows in the room.

Only Select High-Quality Blinds

Another very important consideration is quality. There are many inexpensive options available for blinds, including off-the-shelf brands; however these options aren’t likely to last very long. Blinds have many working parts and if those pieces are not made from high-quality material, they will break quickly. Saving a little money initially is likely to cost you more money and more headaches down the road.

Blinds from Danmer are built on a durable roll-formed, heavy-duty steel headrail that provides long-term strength and stability. Even the cord lock containing a stainless steel wear guard with a crash-resistant safety feature locks the blinds automatically once the lift cords are released.

Consider Insulation Benefits

Save on heating and cooling bills with high-quality Danmer blinds. Covering large areas such as sliding glass doors helps to reduce airflow which keeps the indoor temperature comfortable. Blinds also help block direct sunrays that can really heat up a home at certain times of the day. The more you can regulate indoor temperature, the less you’ll have to spend on running the heater or A/C.

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Halloween Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsThe temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling that can only mean one thing. It’s almost Halloween! One of the fun things about Halloween is decorating and this means sliding glass doors too. You put a lot of thought into your window coverings all year long but as the holidays come, starting with Halloween it’s time to get creative. Here are some great ideas for spookifying your sliding glass doors.

Swap out Window Treatments

For a fun look on the inside and outside of your home, consider swapping out window treatments for the holidays. It is inexpensive and simple to change out curtains and valances. For Halloween select black, orange or red fabric. Some will even have spooky designs like witches, ghosts and pumpkins. When Halloween is over, just box up the special curtains or valances and store with your other holiday decorations.

Window Decorations

If you don’t want to change out your window treatments, there are still plenty of fun things you can do to decorate. Check out local stores for fun removable stickers that will attach to sliding glass doors. Make spooky eyes in all front sliding glass doors so the home looks like a monster from the front. Black spider webs will add a scary feel as well, and is even better if you add a few spiders dangling from the webs. It’s not too hard to spook out your neighbors with some shadows that will make them wonder what is lurking inside. Put a scary figure, like a witch or zombie, inside near the door so when the lights are off it casts a life-like shadow.

You can even find window paint and get artistic. First sketch the design out on paper and then transfer the design onto your sliding glass door. Window paint is inexpensive and comes off easily when you’re done with it. Of course by the time you wash off the pumpkin, it will almost be time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!

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Creative Window Treatment Ideas for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsAre you looking for creative window treatment ideas for sliding glass doors? Sliding glass doors can be challenging because not only is there a large space to cover, it is also necessary to open the door from time to time so the window treatments must be removable in some way.

Danmer offers a wide selection of custom shutters, shades and blinds that are perfect for sliding glass doors of all sizes in any room of the house. Choose from different colors and styles to create a unique look.

Shutters

Shutters, especially custom shutters from Danmer offer lots of creative options for covering sliding glass doors. The first decision is how you want the shutters to open; either sliding or bi-fold. Sliding shutters work well if you only need to open the shutters part way. Bi-fold doors take up more floor space when opened, but they can be opened enough to reveal the entire sliding door and window.

Shades

Shades are excellent, cost effective window treatments for sliding glass doors and large windows. Roller shades are a popular choice if you’re looking to black out a room; like a bedroom for example. Shear shades are also available if you’re looking for added privacy as well as allowing light into a room. And because they roll up when not in use, you can always add a valance or curtains to give the window some more personality.

Woven shades are a less expensive, yet still creative option depending on the overall look of the room. These shades are typically made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Complement a room with a beachy feel and then complete the room with other beach décor for a room where you’ll love to relax and decompress.

Blinds

Blinds may seem boring at first, but there are lots of fun ways to spruce them up. First pick the color and material. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on how you want them to look in the room. You can even select horizontal or vertical styles. Vertical blinds work best on larger windows and sliding glass doors.

To make blinds a more meaningful part of your décor, don’t settle for the typical white or eggshell versions. Spice it up by choosing blinds in an accent color like red or blue. Or surround the window with other window treatments such as pulled back curtains. And for extra flare, consider blinds that come with a design on the louvers so when they’re closed it reveals an image.

The way to get creative with shutters is to allow Danmer to help you with the design. Danmer’s Masterpiece Shutters can be designed with a high quality photo or image printed directly on the shutters. Choose a palm tree with rolling waves in the distance or select one of your favorite works of art. Whatever creative idea you have for the shutters in your home, Danmer can help. For over 35 years Danmer Custom Shutters has provided unique and beautiful window coverings for homes all over California.

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