The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Boston

Holly Perron

Dogs look out open window with no window treatment in Boston.

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It’s an image Boston pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to glance back and see your pet’s face in the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, regular trips to the window could spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst and lasting damage to your window treatments.

So how can you prevent pet damage? The easiest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most excitable pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners across Massachusetts.

Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

We’ll start by taking a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets should not choose.

Window Coverings With Cords

Just like with children’s window safety, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with hanging cords, which might result in damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet.

Opt instead for window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window treatments that feature a top-down bottom-up configuration or are motorized.

Metal Blinds

Cat peeking through aluminum blinds in Boston.

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Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re extremely vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle animals. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, or even snap the flimsy slats, resulting in you having 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 treatments also usually end up collecting pet hair which eliminates any fashion value they can add. Lastly, 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 mix well with pets, let’s take a look at the most pet-friendly window coverings.

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Boston.

Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to poke its face through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Also, their usual wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get tangled in between them.

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

Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment

Plantation shutters in Boston kitchen with white cabinets. 

If you’re worried at all about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters might minimize those worries. Because they mount directly onto the window, there are no dangling cords or fabric that might cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pet is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly durable so damage is rarely a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to look out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your cat like to have a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Just adjust the louvers and let the light come through without compromising privacy.

Put simply, plantation shutters are the perfect window covering for homeowners with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window covering that’s a good fit for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Boston at 781-352-2205 today to see all your window treatment options. Your pet will be glad you did.