The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Denver02/08/2017Gary Harding Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s a scenario Denver pet owners know all too well: leaving your home only to look back and see your furry friend’s face looking at you as you leave. For pet owners with certain window coverings, regular trips to the window could spell disaster, as pets can cause some of the worst accidental harm to your window treatments. So what can you do to prevent pet damage? The simplest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the rowdiest pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across Colorado. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly First, let’s take a look at what window treatments pet owners should not choose. Window Treatments With Cords Just like with window safety for children, cords are a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with hanging cords, which may mean damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, whether they’re shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that have a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automated. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do they typically operate by cord, but they’re incredibly vulnerable to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Treatments Depending on your pet and the style of window covering, fabrics might or might not be something to avoid. Lengthy fabrics like curtains can “pool” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window coverings also tend to collect pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat wants to peek through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Moreover, their wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in between them. But, be sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you choose ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment is a concern, plantation shutters may reduce those worries. Because they mount directly into the window frame, there are no dangling cords or fabric that might cause issues. And, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is hardly an issue. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to peek out the window as you head out? Shutters can let it do so without any chance of damage. Does your kitten want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Just tilt the louvers to let the light come through without compromising privacy. Put simply, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for pet owners. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Want to get a new window covering that’s right for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Denver at 720-538-0182 now to see all your window covering options. Your pet will be glad you did.