Perfect Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Matt Thelander

It’s the beginning of the weekend in New York City, and you’re savoring a lazy day watching some TV. All of the sudden, a smash from the dining room snaps you back into reality. Running downstairs, you find the damage -- broken blind slats on the floor. Of course, the area is now evacuated, but with children and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the best window covering that can hold up to kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters can help.


The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are made. The majority of blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected on each end by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be lightweight and pliable but can easily become broken when bumped into. A rough blow can separate a slat from the cord or snap it in half. Your pet may appear adorable poking his head through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you will have to purchase a new window treatment when a squirrel walks by. Also, any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes may not hold up much better with kids or pets. Because they are suspended loosely from above the window opening, they can be ripped off with a few good tugs. Ones that go to the floor are the ideal height for cruising toddlers or climbing cats to grab onto. Cleaning also can be hard, as paint-covered handprints and paw markings might only disappear at the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Children And Pets

Those who need something stronger for their family should consider plantation shutters, especially if they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters allow natural light in, like blinds, but use study materials instead of using unstable cords and slats. With solid louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can withstand inattentive kids and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters

Faux wood is also wonderful for kids and pets because it’s easier to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can stand up to almost everything given 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 young children.

Have 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 best window treatment for your family. To schedule a personal in-home consultation, call 631-246-3930 now.