Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Steve Hill

It’s Saturday morning in Detroit, and you’re appreciating a easy going day doing some pleasure reading. All of the sudden, a crash from the family room snaps you back into reality. Running through the house, you quickly survey the damage -- busted blind slats on the floor. The children have disappeared, but with children and pets, cracked window treatments are not a surprise.

So, what is the optimal window treatment that can withstand kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are constructed. Many blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be loose and flexible but can easily become damaged during a bout of horseplay. A sharp blow can rip a slat from the cord or snap it in half. Your pet may look cute poking his head through your blinds at the outside world, but you might have to purchase a new covering when a squirrel scampers by. Also, any cords drooping down may be a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes may not do much better with kids or animals. Because they hang loosely from a rod above the frame, they can be torn down fairly easily. Ones that touch the ground are the perfect height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to grab onto. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come clean when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Children And Pets

Plantation shutters are the preferred choice to keep up with kids and pets, especially if they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use study materials instead of employing unstable cords and slats. With thick louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can withstand roughhousing kids and anxious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also perfect for your family because it’s quicker to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can withstand almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the nice feature of having no cords, making it a lot safer for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just leave the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the perfect window covering for your windows. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 248-429-9294 now.