Window Covering Ideas for Pet Owners in Fort Myers02/08/2017Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s an image Fort Myers pet owners probably know too well: leaving your house only to glance back and see your furry friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain window coverings, frequent trips to the window may spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments. So what can you do to protect against pet damage? The simplest way is to pick a pet-friendly window covering that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across Florida. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home. Corded Window Coverings Just like with children’s window safety, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which might mean damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet. Look into window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automated. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds are possibly the absolute worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re very susceptible to damage from even the most gentle pets. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the weak slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire thing. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics might be something to avoid, depending on your pet and the style of window treatment. Long fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window treatments also usually end up collecting pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they can add. Finally, fabrics can tear, which means trouble for cat owners. Our Picks for 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 treatments. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to look through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Plus, their usual wide slats make it harder for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them. But, make sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets If you’re worried at all about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters might minimize those worries. Since they mount directly onto the window, there are no dangling cords or fabric that can cause trouble. What’s more, even if your dog or cat is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely durable so damage is rarely a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to peek out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your cat want a patch of sunlight to nap in? You can easily tilt the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without giving up your privacy. Put simply, 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 the right fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers at 239-208-6577 today to learn about your window covering options. Your pet will be grateful.