Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Eric Ramsey

It’s Saturday morning in Tampa, and you’re enjoying a calming day watching some TV. All of the sudden, a loud noise from the family room snaps you back into reality. Sprinting downstairs, you quickly survey the damage -- busted blind slats hanging down. The children are nowhere to be found, but with kids and pets, damaged window treatments are not a surprise.

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


The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are flimsy because of how they are designed. Most 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 loose and pliable but can easily become damaged when kids roughhouse. A rough blow can rip a slat from the cord or break it apart. Your new puppy may look cute peering through your blinds watching the outside, but you might have to get a new blind when a squirrel scampers by. Also, any cords dangling down may be a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes and curtains may not do much better with kids or pets. Because they hang loosely from one rod above the window, they can be ripped down with a few good tugs. Ones that touch the ground are the right height for cruising toddlers or energetic animals to grab onto. Cleaning also is a pain, as dirty fingerprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Hold Up To Your Family

Those who want something better for their active family should choose plantation shutters, especially when they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like other window treatments, but use study materials instead of using unstable cords and slats. With tough louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can endure inattentive kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters

Faux wood is also great for your family because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The strong composite material can hold 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 one of the safest window treatment for your kids.

Let a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just have the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the best window treatment for your kids and pets. To arrange a personal in-home consultation, call 813-580-7288 now.