Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Gary Harding

It’s finally Saturday in Denver, and you’re enjoying a lazy day watching some TV. All of the sudden, a loud noise from the kids’ room snaps you from your thoughts. Rushing through the house, you instantly see the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. You notice that the area is now evacuated, but with children and pets, damaged window treatments are not an unusual occurrence.

So, what is the toughest window treatment that can withstand kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your answer.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are constructed. Many 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 lightweight and adjustable but can easily become broken when bumped into. A tough bump can rip a slat from the cord or crack it apart. Your new puppy may seem adorable nosing through your blinds watching the outside, but you will have to buy a new blind when the mailman scampers by. Plus, any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for infants.

Drapes may not hold up much better with young ones or pets. Because they hang loosely from above the window, they can be ripped down fairly easily. Ones that hang to the ground are the ideal height for toddlers and infants or energetic animals to grab onto. Cleaning also is a pain, as dirty fingerprints and paw markings might only disappear when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Withstand Your Family

Plantation shutters are the preferred choice to keep up with your family’s active lifestyle, especially if they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blinds, but use a solid construction instead of relying on unstable cords and slats. With thick louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can withstand active children and anxious 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 thick louvers can hold up to almost everything that could happen to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the nice feature of being cord-free, making it a lot safer for your family.

Have a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the best window covering for your kids and pets. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 720-538-0182 today.