Perfect Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Neil Blackwelder

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Charlotte, and you’re appreciating a easy going day watching some TV. Suddenly, a crash from the family room snaps you back into reality. Rushing through the house, you instantly see the damage -- busted blind slats in a heap beneath the window. Of course, the area is now abandoned, but with children and pets, broken window treatments are not an unusual occurrence.

Is there a nicer window covering for kids and pets that can better withstand an active lifestyle? 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. Many blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be light and flexible but can definately become broken during a bout of horseplay. A sharp blow can rip a slat from the cord or crack it in half. Your pet may appear sweet poking his head through your blinds watching the outside, but you might have to buy a new window treatment when a pedestrian scampers by. And any cords hanging down can become a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes may not hold up much better with young ones or animals. Because they hang loosely from one rod above the window, they can be torn down with a few good tugs. Ones that touch the ground are the perfect height for young kids or climbing cats to tug on. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as dirty fingerprints and muddy pawprints might only come off at the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Hold Up To Children And Pets

Plantation shutters are the preferred choice to hold up to your family’s active lifestyle, especially when they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like other window treatments, but use a solid construction instead of using thin slats and fabric. With solid louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can withstand roughhousing kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also great for children and animals because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can stand up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the benefit of being cordless, making it much safer for your young children.

Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just leave the blinds up and keep fussing with 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 arrange a no-cost in-home consultation, call 980-231-1116 now.