Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Holly Perron

It’s the beginning of the weekend in New Brunswick, and you’re enjoying a easy going day doing some pleasure reading. All of the sudden, a smash from the living room snaps you back into reality. Rushing to the noise, you find the damage -- busted blind slats on the floor. You notice that the area seems to be vacated, but with children and pets, cracked window treatments are not a surprise.

Is there a sturdier window covering for children and animals that can better hold up to accidental bumps and bruises? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Case Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are constructed. The majority of blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be lightweight and flexible but can certainly become dinged up during a bout of horseplay. A tough blow can tear a slat from the cord or crack it in half. A fuzzy face may seem cute poking his head through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you will have to purchase a new blind when a squirrel scampers by. Also, any cords dangling down may be a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes and curtains may not do much better with children or animals. Because they hang loosely from one rod above the frame, they can be torn off with the right amount of force. Those that hang to the ground are the perfect height for young kids or adventurous pets to pull down. Cleaning also can be hard, as paint-covered handprints and paw markings might only come clean when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who need something stronger for their active family should choose plantation shutters, especially if they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like other window treatments, but use solid louvers instead of employing unstable cords and slats. With thick louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can endure inattentive kids and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for children and animals because it’s easier to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can stand up to almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the benefit of being cord-free, making it much safer for your young children.

Let a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just have the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the best window treatment for your windows. To get a personal in-home consultation, call 732-301-6168 now.