The Best Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

Dogs look out open window without window covering in Nashville.

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There’s a scenario Nashville pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to look back and see your four-legged friend’s face peeking through the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain window coverings, regular trips to the window might mean trouble, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst harm to your window treatments.

So what can you do to protect against pet damage? The easiest way is to install a pet-friendly window treatment that can handle even the most excitable pets. Let’s learn about some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout TN.

Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

First, let’s take a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets should not choose.

Corded Window Treatments

Similar to children’s window safety, cords are a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which may mean damage to your window covering or worse, injury to your pet.

Look into window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that have a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automatic.

Aluminum Blinds

Cat looking through aluminum blinds in Nashville.

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Aluminum blinds are probably the worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they typically operate via cord, but they’re very vulnerable to damage from even the smallest of animals. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the flimsy slats, resulting in you having to replace the entire set of blinds.

Fabric Window Treatments

Depending on your pet and the style of window treatment, fabrics might or might not be something to avoid. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window coverings also usually end up collecting pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they could add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.

Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window treatments.

Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

wood blinds in Nashville.

Almost all of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat wants to look through the window, durable wood blinds can handle more abuse than aluminum blinds. Also, their typical wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get tangled in between them.

However, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones that are cordless.

Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets

Polywood shutters in Nashville kitchen with white cabinets. 

If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment is a concern, plantation shutters may assuage those worries. Because they’re mounted directly onto the window, there are no hanging cords or fabric that may cause issues. And, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly durable so damage is almost never a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Have a dog that likes to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without much risk of damage. Does your cat want a patch of sunlight to nap in? Just tilt the louvers and let the light come through without giving up your privacy.

Put simply, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for pet owners.

Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project

Want to get a new window covering that’s right for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Nashville at 615-236-8530 today to see about your window covering options. Your pet will be glad you did.