The Most Popular Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

Beagles look out open window with no window treatment in Cincinnati.

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There’s an image pet owners in Cincinnati probably know too well: leaving your home only to look behind and see your dog or cat’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain window coverings, regular trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst and lasting damage to your window treatments.

So what can you do to protect against pet damage? The easiest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can handle even the most excitable pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout OH.

Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

Let’s start by taking a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets shouldn’t have in the home.

Window Coverings With Cords

As is the case with window safety for children, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which can result in damage to your window treatment or in some cases, 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.

Metal Blinds

Cat looking through aluminum blinds in Cincinnati.

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Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re incredibly susceptible to damage from even the most gentle animals. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, and even snap the weak slats, resulting in you having to replace the whole window treatment.

Fabric Window Coverings

Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window covering. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also frequently collect pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they might add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, which means trouble for cat owners.

Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that you’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll go over some pet-friendly window coverings.

Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Cincinnati.

All of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to look through the window, durable wood blinds can handle more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. In addition, their typically wider slats make it more difficult for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them.

However, be sure that if you purchase wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones without cords.

Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets

Polywood shutters in Cincinnati kitchen with marble counter. 

If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters may reduce those concerns. Since they’re mounted directly onto the window, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric able to cause trouble. And, even if your pet is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and extremely durable so damage is hardly a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to poke its head out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without risking damage. Does the kitten want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? You can easily tilt the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without giving up your privacy.

Simply put, plantation shutters are the most ideal window covering for homes with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Ready to find a new window treatment that’s a great fit for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati at 513-216-9740 today to see all your window covering options. Your pet will thank you for it.