Window Treatments for Chicago Pet Owners

Richard Rampton

Beagles look out open window without window treatment in Chicago.

Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons)

There’s an image Chicago pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to glance back and see your pet’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, daily trips to the window could spell disaster, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst harm to your window treatments.

So what can you do to prevent pet damage? The easiest way is to install a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout IL.

Non Pet-Friendly Window Coverings

First, let’s take a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets shouldn’t have in the home.

Window Treatments With Cords

Just like with children’s window safety, cords are a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with hanging cords, which may result in damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet.

Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that operate by a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automated.

Metal Blinds

Cat peeking through metal blinds in Chicago.

Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they typically operate by cord, but they’re very vulnerable to damage from even the smallest of pets. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, or even snap the thin slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole window treatment.

Fabric Window Coverings

Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the type of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like curtains can “pool” on the ground, making them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window coverings also have a tendency to collect pet hair which eliminates any fashion value they can add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.

Top Recommendations for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, we’ll take a look at the most pet-friendly window treatments.

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Chicago.

Almost all of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet likes to poke its head through the window, resilient wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. Plus, their wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get their bodies tangled in them.

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

Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets

Polywood shutters in Chicago kitchen with white cabinets. 

If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment has you worried, plantation shutters may minimize those worries. Since they’re mounted directly onto the window, there are no dangling cords or fabric that can cause trouble. And, even if your dog or cat is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and incredibly durable so damage is almost never a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Does your dog want to peek out the window as you head out? Shutters can let it do so without much risk of damage. Does the kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply tilt the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without compromising privacy.

Simply put, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for homeowners with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window treatment that’s a great fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Chicago at 847-250-6544 today to see all your window treatment options. Your pet will be glad you did.