Best Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Holly Perron

It’s finally Saturday in Boston, and you’re savoring a lazy day sleeping in. Suddenly, a crash from the kids’ room snaps you back into reality. Rushing through the house, you instantly see the damage -- broken blind slats hanging down. The culprits are nowhere to be found, but with children and pets, cracked window treatments are not a surprise.

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

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are made. The majority of blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be lightweight and adjustable but can definately become damaged when kids roughhouse. A tough hit can rip a slat from the cord or crack it in two. A fuzzy face may appear sweet peering through your blinds at the outside world, but you might have to get a new covering when the mailman strides by. And any cords hanging down may be a strangulation hazard for infants.

Draperies may not hold up much better with kids or animals. Because they are suspended loosely from one rod above the frame, they can be pulled down with the right amount of force. Those that go to the ground are the ideal height for cruising toddlers or climbing cats to grab onto. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and paw markings might only come off at the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Withstand Children And Pets

Those who want something sturdier for their kids and pets should choose plantation shutters, especially if they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use a solid construction instead of employing thin slats and fabric. With tough louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can endure active children and anxious 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 strong composite material can withstand almost everything given to them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the nice feature of being cord-free, making it a lot safer for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative illustrate how plantation shutters can be the best window treatment for your kids and pets. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 781-352-2205 now.