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The Importance of Cleats
Why blinds with looped cords should have cleats fitted...
A cleat has two horns that extend out either side (so it resembles a miniature anvil) for cords to be tied around. Normally a cleat would just hold a blind up, without which the fabric would fall down under gravity, but they are also essential from a child-safety point of view.
Even when a corded blind has a cordlock to hold the fabric up, the cords hang down and are a potential risk to small children.
A cleat offers a simple safety feature so that you can loop the cords around it, thereby reducing the risk of a child (or pet) becoming caught in them.
Sometimes, all you need to do is fit the cleat high enough and then drape the cord over it, thereby raising the height of the cord sufficiently for it to be out of reach. But be careful – consider whether a child can still access the cords by climbing on furniture to reach them.
A cleat is probably the simplest safety device you can use for any looped cord blind and it can be easily fitted to existing blinds too.
We offer free cleats for any looped cord blinds that you buy, and our pinoleum window blinds are even available with a wood headrail that can be corded from the front or the back, so that you can have cleats fitted in the most convenient and aesthetically suitable position.
You can even obtain free cleats for fit yourself for any existing blind, wherever you bought it, just by contacting the British Blind & Shutter Association.
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