Toughest Window Treatments For Your Family

George Christ

It’s Saturday morning in Minneapolis, and you’re savoring a calming day watching some TV. Suddenly, a smash from the family room snaps you from your thoughts. Sprinting through the house, you quickly survey the damage -- snapped blind slats hanging down. Looking around, the area is now abandoned, but with kids and pets, cracked window treatments are not an unusual occurrence.

So, what is the best window covering that can withstand kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your answer.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

The problem with blinds comes with how they are made. Many blinds are made up from a series of thin slats that are joined at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be light and flexible but can certainly become damaged when bumped into. A sharp blow can separate a slat from the cord or break it in two. Your pet may appear cute poking his head through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you will have to get a new blind when a squirrel walks by. Also, any cords hanging down may be a strangulation hazard for young children.

Draperies may not fare much better with children or animals. Because they hang loosely from above the window opening, they can be ripped down with a few good tugs. Those that hang to the floor are the right height for cruising toddlers or energetic animals to tug on. Cleaning also can be hard, as paint-covered handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off at the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Hold Up To Your Family

Those who want something better for their kids and pets should choose plantation shutters, especially if they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blinds, but use study materials instead of using fragile cords. With solid louvers and a stapled tilt rod, they can hold up to roughhousing kids and rambunctious pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also great for kids and pets 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 family does. Polywood also has the benefit of being cord-free, making it much safer for your young children.

Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows

You could just raise the blinds up and keep scolding about touching the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the safest window treatment for your windows. To get a no-cost in-home consultation, call 952-856-8130 today.