Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Cory Cryer

It’s Saturday morning in Houston, and you’re enjoying a calming weekend morning sleeping in. All of the sudden, a crash from the kids’ room snaps you back into reality. Sprinting through the house, you find the damage -- snapped blind slats on the floor. The children have disappeared, but with kids and pets, cracked window treatments are not an unusual occurrence.

Is there a sturdier window covering for your family that can better withstand 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

The problem with blinds comes with how they are constructed. Most blinds are made up from a series of thin slats that are joined on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be loose and pliable but can definately become broken during a bout of horseplay. A sharp blow can rip a slat from the cord or crack it in half. Your new puppy may look adorable poking his head through your blinds watching the outside, but you will have to get a new window treatment when the mailman walks by. And any cords dangling down are a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes may not fare much better with young ones or pets. Because they are suspended loosely from above the window, they can be pulled off accidently. Those that go to the ground are the right height for toddlers and infants or climbing cats to tug on. Cleaning also is a pain, as dirty fingerprints and paw markings might only disappear with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Your Family

Those who want something sturdier for their family should consider plantation shutters, especially if they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like other window treatments, but use a solid construction instead of relying on unstable cords and slats. With tough louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can endure inattentive kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for your family because it’s easier to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can withstand almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the added benefit of being cord-free, making it one of the safest window treatment for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just have the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative illustrate how plantation shutters can be the perfect window covering for your windows. To arrange a personal in-home consultation, call 713-853-9629 now.