September 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orange, Calif. – Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with over 1,000 territories, announced that several of their key manufacturing partners will participate to earn certification for selected window covering products as “Best for Kids”, a new program launched by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) to help consumers identify window covering products that are certified as best suited for use in homes with young children.
“Making window treatments safer for homes with children is one of Budget Blinds’ top priorities,” said Chad Hallock, CEOChil and Co-Founder of Budget Blinds. “We work with our manufacturers to consistently review and evaluate our products to ensure they are child-friendly, durable, and still look great in the home.”
According to WCMA, criteria to earn the Best for Kids certification requires that a window covering product must either have no cords or the inner cords cannot be accessible. Products must be submitted to a WCMA-recognized third party testing laboratory. Products that meet these criteria will be eligible to be listed and labeled on packaging and materials as “certified.”
“We are already proud to announce that several of our key manufacturing partners will have earned certification by October 1,” said Tracy Christman, Vice-President of Vendor Alliance for Budget Blinds. “It’s exciting to continue to bring homeowners beautiful and stylish window coverings that are also child-friendly and certified as Best for Kids.”
Budget Blinds offers many options for child-friendly window treatments, including cordless blinds and shades with a retractable lift, motorized shades with cordless operation, and shutters, which are inherently cordless.
Budget Blinds has aligned itself with the WCMA for over 15 years and continues to adhere to their criteria and safety standards. To learn more about child-friendly window treatments, visit the Budget Blinds website.
Budget Blinds was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 1,000 franchise territories serving over 7,500 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies and window film. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as complete measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit budgetblinds.com or connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/budgetblinds. For franchise opportunities, please visit budget-blinds-franchise.com.
Organized in the 1950s as the Venetian Blind Council, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) represents the interests of the window covering industry manufacturers, fabricators and assemblers. Industry products include blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, curtain rods, drapes, drapery hardware and other window treatments. Visit WCMA on the web at www.wcmanet.org.
SOURCE Budget Blinds®