Window Treatment Ideas for Pet Owners in New York City

Dennis Rooney

Dogs look out open window with no window treatment in New York City.

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There’s a scenario pet owners in New York City know all too well: leaving your house only to glance behind and see your four-legged friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can cause some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments.

So how can you protect against pet damage? The easiest way is to pick a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the rowdiest pets. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners throughout NY.

Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should avoid.

Window Treatments With Cords

Similar to children’s window safety, cords can be a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which may result in damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet.

Opt instead for window treatments without cords, such as shutters that attach to the window frame or other window coverings that have a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automated.

Aluminum Blinds

Cat looking through aluminum blinds in New York City.

Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Aluminum blinds are possibly the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do the blinds typically operate via cord, but they’re very susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, or even snap the weak slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire thing.

Fabric Window Treatments

Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the type of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window treatments also tend to collect pet hair which eliminates any fashion value they could add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws.

Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, let’s dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings.

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in New York City.

Most of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your pet likes to poke its head through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. In addition, their usual wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get tangled in between them.

But, make sure that if you buy wood or faux-wood blinds that you choose ones without cords.

Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment

Plantation shutters in New York City kitchen with modern appliances. 

If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters can help reduce those concerns. Since they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric that might cause issues. What’s more, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is almost never a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Have a dog that likes to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without any chance of damage. Does the kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to sleep in? You can easily tilt the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without compromising privacy.

In effect, plantation shutters are the most ideal window treatment for homeowners with pets.

Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window treatment that’s the right fit for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters New York at 631-246-3930 now to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be grateful.