Toughest Window Treatments For Kids And Animals

Darren Wong

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Honolulu, and you’re appreciating a easy going morning watching some TV. Suddenly, a smash from the family room snaps you back into reality. Running to the noise, you quickly survey the damage -- busted blind slats hanging down. Looking around, the area has been quickly abandoned, but with children and pets, broken window treatments are not a surprise.

So, what is the toughest window treatment that can hold up to kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are constructed. Many blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be loose and adjustable but can certainly become damaged when bumped into. A rough blow can separate a slat from the cord or crack it apart. A fuzzy face may appear cute peering through your blinds watching the outside, but you may need to purchase a new blind when a squirrel walks by. Plus, any cords drooping down may be a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes and curtains may not hold up much better with children or pets. Because they hang loosely from one rod above the window, they can be torn off accidently. Ones that touch the ground are the ideal height for cruising toddlers or climbing cats to pull down. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as paint-covered handprints and paw markings might only disappear when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who need something better for their kids and pets should choose plantation shutters, especially if they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use solid louvers instead of relying on fragile cords. With tough 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 perfect for children and animals because it’s quicker to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can hold up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the added benefit of being cord-free, making it one of the safest window treatment for your young children.

Have a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just leave the blinds up and keep scolding about touching the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative illustrate how plantation shutters can be the best window covering for your family. To arrange a free in-home consultation, call 808-797-2004 today.