Best Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Dan Taylor

It’s finally Saturday in Atlanta, and you’re savoring a easy going morning sleeping in. Then, out of the blue, a smash from the living room snaps you out of your tranquility. Running downstairs, you instantly see the damage -- busted blind slats on the floor. You notice that the area seems to be vacated, but with kids and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

Is there a sturdier window covering for children and animals that can better endure accidental bumps and bruises? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your answer.


The Case Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are constructed. Most blinds are made up from a series of thin slats that are joined on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be loose and pliable but can definately become broken when bumped into. A rough bump can rip a slat from the cord or break it in half. A fuzzy face may seem cute nosing through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you will have to purchase a new blind when a pedestrian strides by. Also, any cords drooping down may be a strangulation hazard for infants.

Draperies may not do much better with kids or pets. Because they hang loosely from a rod above the frame, they can be pulled off fairly easily. Those that go to the floor are the ideal height for toddlers and infants or energetic animals to pull down. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and paw markings might only come clean at the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Hold Up To Your Family

Those who need something stronger for their active family should choose plantation shutters, especially when they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like blinds, but use study materials instead of employing thin slats and fabric. With thick louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can endure roughhousing kids and anxious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters

Faux wood is also perfect for children and animals because it’s quicker to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can stand up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the added benefit of being cord-free, making it one of the safest window treatment for your kids.

Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the best window treatment for your windows. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 404-962-8517 now.