When you fit a blind anywhere in your home, you must fit the safety device provided with the blind to the wall in order to tie up the pull cord safely out of the way of children and pets. There is a risk of strangulation should a child become entangled in the cord, so it's imperative to keep cords out of harm's way.
Don't tie cords together - make sure they don't twist and create a loop. You can use a cord accumulation system such as a cleat, but install it at as close to the headrail as possible so that little hands can't reach.
You can also use a fixed tensioning system such as a P-clip, a ball chain tensioning system, or a fixed cord or ball chain tension pulley. Whichever one you use, install it at the maximum distance possible from the control mechanism to keep the looped pull cord/s taut. We're giving away free P-clips in our shops if you already have a blind fitted but have no safety fitting.
For safety we recommend that you move beds, cots and furniture away from any window fitted with a blind that has a side control mechanism, even with a safety device in place.
You can also convert a side mechanism blackout blind to cordless by buying a John Lewis Spring mechanism kit. This is the safest blind control option for children's rooms.
Our children's ready-made blinds are already fitted with a spring mechanism, and if you buy a made-to-order blind from us, you'll have the option of choosing a spring or motorised mechanism.
If you have a blind fitted by us, depending on the blind chosen, it may be necessary by law for us to fit child safety devices. If you're not happy for us to do this, we're sorry but we'll be unable to provide or install your blinds and your order will be cancelled. If the blind has been personalised or specially orderd for you, we'll be unable to refund or offer an exchange in this instance.