The Right Window Coverings for Pet Owners in San Jose

Curtis Orton

Dogs look out open window with no window covering in San Jose.

Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons)

It’s an image pet owners in San Jose are all too familiar with: leaving your home only to look back and see your pet’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, frequent trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can cause some of the worst harm to your window treatments.

So how can you avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to install a pet-friendly window covering that can handle even the most finicky pets. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout California.

Non Pet-Friendly Window Coverings

First, let’s take a look at which window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home.

Window Treatments With Cords

Similar to window safety for children, cords are a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which might mean damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet.

Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window treatments that have a bottom-up top-down configuration or are motorized.

Metal Blinds

Cat peeking through aluminum blinds in San Jose.

Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Metal blinds are possibly the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do the blinds typically operate via cord, but they’re extremely susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, and even snap the weak slats, so you’ll have to replace the whole thing.

Fabric Window Treatments

Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the type of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window coverings also tend to collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws.

Our Picks for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that you’ve seen which window coverings don’t mix well with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings.

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in San Jose.

Almost all of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your pet likes to poke its face through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than aluminum blinds. Plus, their wide slats make it harder for pets to get tangled in between them.

But, be sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones that are cordless.

Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment

Polywood shutters in San Jose kitchen with marble counter. 

If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet is a concern, plantation shutters can help reduce those worries. Because they’re mounted directly onto the window, there are no hanging cords or fabric that may cause issues. What’s more, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is almost never an issue.

Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Does your dog want to look out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without risking damage. Does your kitten want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply tilt the louvers and let the light come through without losing any privacy.

In short, plantation shutters are the best window treatment for homes with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window treatment that’s a good fit for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters San Jose at 916-542-1305 now to learn about your window treatment options. Your pet will be grateful.