Window Treatment Ideas for Pet Owners in Houston

Cory Cryer

Dogs look out open window with no window covering in Houston.

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It’s a scenario Houston pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to look back and see your furry friend’s face looking at you as you walk away. For pet owners with certain window coverings, daily trips to the window could mean trouble, as pets can make for some of the worst accidental harm to your window treatments.

So what can you do to avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to pick a pet-friendly window covering that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across TX.

Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should not choose.

Window Treatments With Cords

Just like with window safety for children, cords are one of the biggest issues for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with hanging cords, which may result in damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet.

Opt instead for window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that have a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automatic.

Aluminum Blinds

Cat looking through metal blinds in Houston.

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Aluminum blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do they typically operate via cord, but they’re incredibly vulnerable to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the thin slats, resulting in you having to replace the entire set of blinds.

Fabric Window Coverings

Depending on your pet and the style of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to stay away from. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “pool” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also frequently collect pet hair which eliminates any style value they may add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.

Our Picks for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, we’ll take a look at the most pet-friendly window treatments.

Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Houston.

Most of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. In addition, their typical wide slats make it less likely for pets to get tangled in between them.

However, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones without cords.

Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment

White shutters in Houston kitchen with modern appliances. 

If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters might assuage those concerns. Because they mount directly onto the window, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric able to cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly durable so damage is almost never an issue.

Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy as well. Does your dog want to look out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Just adjust the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without giving up your privacy.

In short, plantation shutters are the perfect window covering for homes with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to get a new window covering that’s right for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Houston at 713-853-9629 today to see about your window covering options. Your pet will be grateful.