Best Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Danielle Micich

It’s Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale, and you’re appreciating a calming day sleeping in. Suddenly, a loud noise from the family room snaps you out of your tranquility. Running to the noise, you instantly see the damage -- snapped blind slats hanging down. You notice that the area seems to be abandoned, but with children and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the optimal window covering that can hold up to kids and pets? 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 made. Most blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be lightweight and adjustable but can easily become broken when kids roughhouse. A tough blow can separate a slat from the cord or break it in half. Your new puppy may seem cute nosing through your blinds at the outside world, but you may need to get a new blind when a pedestrian scampers by. Also, any cords dangling down can become a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes may not fare much better with children or animals. Because they are attached loosely from above the window opening, they can be ripped off with a few good tugs. Those that touch the floor are the perfect height for toddlers and infants or climbing cats to grab onto. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who opt for something stronger for their active family should look at plantation shutters, especially if they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters allow natural light in, like other window treatments, but use a solid construction instead of relying on thin slats and fabric. With thick louvers and a stapled tilt rod, they can endure roughhousing kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for your family because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can hold up to almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the nice feature of being cordless, making it one of the safest window treatment for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep scolding about touching the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the safest window treatment for your family. To schedule a personal in-home consultation, call 561-440-8535 today.