Toughest Window Treatments For Your Family

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Fort Myers, and you’re savoring a easy going morning sleeping in. All of the sudden, a crash from the living room snaps you back into reality. Rushing to the noise, you instantly see the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The culprits have disappeared, but with children and pets, cracked window treatments are not surprising.

So, what is the optimal window covering that can stand up to kids and pets? 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 constructed. Most blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended on each end by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be lightweight and pliable but can easily become dinged up during a bout of horseplay. A tough blow can rip a slat from the cord or break it in half. Your new puppy may look cute poking his head through your blinds at the outside world, but you may need to buy a new window treatment when the mailman scampers by. Also, any cords hanging down may be a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Draperies may not hold up much better with young ones or pets. Because they are attached loosely from above the frame, they can be torn down with a few good tugs. Those that hang to the ground are the ideal height for young kids or adventurous pets to tug on. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as paint-covered handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Withstand Your Family

Those who opt for something better for their kids and pets should consider plantation shutters, especially when they are composed of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like blinds, but use a solid construction instead of using unstable cords and slats. With tough louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can endure roughhousing kids and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also wonderful for children and animals because it’s simpler 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 kids can concoct. Polywood also has the nice feature of having no cords, making it one of the safest window treatment for your kids.

Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just have the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the safest window covering for your kids and pets. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 239-208-6577 today.