Perfect Window Treatments For Your Family

Stefano Diotaiuti

It’s Saturday morning in Nashville, and you’re savoring a lazy day sleeping in. All of the sudden, a loud noise from the dining room snaps you out of your tranquility. Running to the noise, you find the damage -- busted blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The children have disappeared, but with kids and pets, broken window treatments are not surprising.

Is there a sturdier window covering for kids and pets that can better hold up to the daily punishment? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Case Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are flimsy because of how they are designed. Most blinds are made up from a series of thin slats that are joined at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be lightweight and flexible but can easily become broken when kids roughhouse. A tough hit can separate a slat from the cord or break it in half. Your pet may seem sweet peering through your blinds watching the outside, but you will have to get a new blind when a squirrel scampers by. And any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Drapes may not do much better with kids or pets. Because they are attached loosely from one rod above the frame, they can be ripped down fairly easily. Those that touch the ground are the right height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to pull down. Cleaning also can be hard, as paint-covered handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come clean at the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Plantation shutters are the best choice to withstand kids and pets, especially if they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use solid louvers instead of employing unstable cords and slats. With solid louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can withstand roughhousing kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also great for your family because it’s quicker to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers 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 one of the safest window treatment for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the best window treatment for your kids and pets. To arrange a free in-home consultation, call 615-236-8530 today.