Best Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Curtis Orton

It’s finally Saturday in San Jose, and you’re savoring a calming weekend morning doing some pleasure reading. Suddenly, a smash from the family room snaps you out of your tranquility. Sprinting downstairs, you quickly survey the damage -- broken blind slats hanging down. The kids have disappeared, but with kids and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the optimal window treatment that can stand up to kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your answer.


The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are designed. Many blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected on each end by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be light and flexible but can definately become damaged during a bout of horseplay. A sharp hit can separate a slat from the cord or snap it apart. A fuzzy face may seem cute peering through your blinds at the outside world, but you might have to buy a new blind when a squirrel strides by. And any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for infants.

Draperies may not do much better with kids or animals. Because they hang loosely from above the window, they can be torn down with a few good tugs. Ones that touch the ground are the right height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to grab onto. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as handprints and paw markings might only disappear at the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who opt for something sturdier for their family should consider plantation shutters, especially if they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like other window treatments, but use a solid construction instead of using unstable cords and slats. With solid louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can withstand roughhousing kids and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters

Faux wood is also perfect for kids and pets because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can withstand almost everything given to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the added benefit of being cordless, making it much safer for your young children.

Have a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the perfect window treatment for your kids and pets. To get a personal in-home consultation, call 916-542-1305 now.