Perfect Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Richard Rampton

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Chicago, and you’re appreciating a calming day sleeping in. Then, out of the blue, a loud noise from the dining room snaps you back into reality. Rushing to the noise, you instantly see the damage -- snapped blind slats in a heap beneath the window. Of course, the area seems to be vacated, but with children and pets, broken window treatments are not a surprise.

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

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are designed. Many blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be loose and flexible but can certainly become damaged during a bout of horseplay. A sharp bump can separate a slat from the cord or snap it in two. A fuzzy face may seem adorable poking his head through your blinds at the outside world, but you will have to purchase a new window treatment when the mailman walks by. Plus, any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes may not fare much better with kids or animals. Because they hang loosely from a rod above the window opening, they can be torn off fairly easily. Ones that hang to the ground are the ideal height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to grab onto. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as paint-covered handprints and paw markings might only come clean at the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who need something stronger for their family should look at plantation shutters, especially when they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like other window treatments, but use solid louvers instead of using unstable cords and slats. With tough louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can hold up to inattentive kids and anxious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for children and animals because it’s easier to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The strong composite material can hold up to almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the nice feature of being cordless, making it much safer for your family.

Have a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative illustrate how plantation shutters can be the safest window treatment for your kids and pets. To get a free in-home consultation, call 847-250-6544 today.