Perfect Window Treatments For Your Family

Lisa Renee Nieberding

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Cincinnati, and you’re enjoying a calming weekend morning watching some TV. All of the sudden, a crash from the dining room snaps you out of your tranquility. Rushing through the house, you quickly survey the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The children have vanished, but with kids and pets, cracked window treatments are not surprising.

Is there a better window covering for children and animals that can better hold up to an active lifestyle? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are flimsy because of how they are made. The majority of 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 definately become damaged when kids roughhouse. A tough blow can separate a slat from the cord or snap it in half. Your pet may look adorable poking his head through your blinds at the outside world, but you may need to get a new blind when a pedestrian walks by. Plus, any cords hanging down may be a strangulation hazard for infants.

Drapes and curtains may not do much better with young ones or animals. Because they hang loosely from one rod above the window, they can be torn down with the right amount of force. Ones that hang to the ground are the perfect height for cruising toddlers or energetic animals to grab onto. Cleaning also can be hard, as dirty fingerprints and muddy pawprints might only come off with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Plantation Shutters Can Hold Up To Children And Pets

Those who need something better for their kids and pets should consider plantation shutters, especially if they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters allow natural light in, like other window treatments, but use solid louvers instead of using unstable cords and slats. With solid louvers and a stapled tilt rod, they can hold up to inattentive kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for kids and pets because it’s easier to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The solid construction can stand up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your family does. Polywood also has the benefit of being cordless, making it a lot safer for your kids.

Have a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just leave the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the best window covering for your family. To arrange a personal in-home consultation, call 513-216-9740 today.