Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Pets

Tyler Jorgensen

It’s the beginning of the weekend in San Antonio, and you’re appreciating a calming day sleeping in. Then, out of the blue, a crash from the living room snaps you back into reality. Running through the house, you find the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The kids are nowhere to be found, but with children and pets, cracked window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the toughest window covering that can withstand kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters can help.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are designed. Most blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be light and adjustable but can easily become damaged when kids roughhouse. A sharp bump can rip a slat from the cord or crack it in half. Your pet may look cute poking his head through your blinds watching the outside, but you might have to purchase a new covering when a squirrel walks by. Also, any cords drooping down can become a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes may not fare much better with kids or animals. Because they hang loosely from above the window, they can be torn off fairly easily. Ones that hang to the ground are the ideal height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to tug on. Cleaning also is a pain, as handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come clean with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Your Family

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 allow natural light in, like blinds, but use solid louvers instead of relying on fragile cords. With thick louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can withstand active children and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for your family because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers can withstand almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the added benefit of being cordless, making it a lot safer for your young children.

Let a Sunburst Representative Bring Stronger Window Treatments to Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the safest window covering for your windows. To get a free in-home consultation, call 210-876-0377 now.