The Most Popular Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Honolulu02/08/2017Darren Wong Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s a scenario pet owners in Honolulu are all too familiar with: leaving your home only to glance back and see your four-legged friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, daily trips to the window may mean trouble, as pets can cause some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments. So how can you avoid pet damage? The easiest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can handle even the rowdiest pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout HI. Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments homeowners with pets should not choose. Window Coverings With Cords Similar to window safety for children, cords are a problem for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which can result in damage to your window covering or worse, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automated. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds might be the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they usually operate via cord, but they’re very susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the thin slats, so you’ll have to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Treatments Depending on your pet and the type of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to avoid. Long fabrics like curtains can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also frequently collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they might add. Finally, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws. Our Picks for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll take a look at the most pet-friendly window treatments. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds All of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet likes to poke its head through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. In addition, their usual wide slats make it harder for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them. However, make sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you opt for ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters can help minimize those worries. Because they mount directly onto the window, there are no hanging cords or fabric that may cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pet is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and durable so damage is almost never a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy as well. Own a pooch that wants to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does the cat like to have a patch of sunlight to nap in? Just tilt the louvers and let the light come through without compromising privacy. In effect, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for homes with pets. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Want to get a new window covering that’s the right fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu at 808-797-2004 now to see all your window treatment options. Your pet will be grateful.