Best Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Tyson Williams

It’s Saturday morning in San Diego, and you’re enjoying a calming weekend morning watching some TV. Then, out of the blue, a crash from the family room snaps you back into reality. Running to the noise, you quickly survey the damage -- snapped blind slats hanging down. The kids are nowhere to be found, but with children and pets, damaged window treatments are not an unusual occurrence.

So, what is the best window covering that can hold up to kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters can help.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Case Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are flimsy because of how they are constructed. Most blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be loose and adjustable but can easily become dinged up when kids roughhouse. A rough bump can separate a slat from the cord or snap it in two. A fuzzy face may look cute poking his head through your blinds watching the outside, but you might have to purchase a new window treatment when a squirrel strides by. And any cords hanging down can become a strangulation hazard for infants.

Drapes may not do much better with kids or pets. Because they are attached loosely from a rod above the window opening, they can be ripped down with the right amount of force. Those that touch the ground are the perfect height for young kids or adventurous pets to tug on. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Children And Pets

Those who want something better for their family should look at plantation shutters, especially when they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters allow natural light in, like other window treatments, but use study materials instead of using fragile cords. With solid louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can hold up to inattentive kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also great for your family because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can withstand almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the benefit of having no cords, making it much safer for your young children.

Have a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just leave the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the safest window treatment for your windows. To get a no-cost in-home consultation, call 760-405-8887 today.