Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Kimball Jones

It’s Saturday morning in Southern California, and you’re savoring a calming morning sleeping in. Suddenly, a smash from the living room snaps you from your thoughts. Sprinting to the noise, you find the damage -- snapped blind slats hanging down. The children have disappeared, but with kids and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the toughest window treatment that can stand up to kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your answer.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Case Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are designed. Many blinds are made up from a series of thin slats that are joined at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be light and flexible but can definately become damaged when kids roughhouse. A sharp hit can rip a slat from the cord or crack it apart. Your new puppy may appear cute peering through your blinds at the outside world, but you might have to buy a new window treatment when the mailman strides by. Plus, any cords hanging down can become a strangulation hazard for infants.

Drapes may not fare much better with children or pets. Because they are suspended loosely from one rod above the window opening, they can be torn off fairly easily. Ones that go to the ground are the perfect height for young kids or adventurous pets to tug on. Cleaning also can be hard, as dirty fingerprints and muddy pawprints might only come off with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Hold Up To Kids And Pets

Plantation shutters are the best option to keep up with your family’s active lifestyle, especially when they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use solid louvers instead of using fragile cords. With thick louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can hold up to inattentive kids and unpredictable 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 hold up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the added benefit of having no cords, making it a lot safer for your young children.

Let a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep scolding about touching the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the perfect window covering for your kids and pets. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 888-611-2474 today.