Best Window Treatments For Your Family

Greg Arnett

It’s the beginning of the weekend in Phoenix, and you’re enjoying a calming morning sleeping in. All of the sudden, a loud noise from the dining room snaps you from your thoughts. Sprinting downstairs, you quickly survey the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The children have vanished, but with kids and pets, damaged window treatments are not a surprise.

Is there a better window covering for children and animals that can better hold up to an active lifestyle? Faux wood plantation shutters may be your best option.

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Case 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 supposed to be light and flexible but can definately become broken when kids roughhouse. A tough bump can separate a slat from the cord or crack it in two. Your new puppy may look adorable peering through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you may need to get a new covering when a squirrel strides by. And any cords drooping down may be a strangulation hazard for young children.

Drapes may not do much better with young ones or animals. Because they are attached loosely from one rod above the window opening, they can be torn off with the right amount of force. Ones that go to the ground are the perfect height for toddlers and infants or energetic animals to grab onto. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as handprints and paw markings might only disappear when brought to the dry cleaners, if that.

Shutters Can Hold Up To Your Family

Plantation shutters are the best choice to hold up to kids and pets, especially if they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters let natural light in, like blinds, but use a solid construction instead of using thin slats and fabric. With thick louvers and a stapled tilt rod, they can withstand inattentive kids and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also perfect for your family because it’s easier 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 being cordless, making it a lot safer for your family.

Have a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for 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 perfect window covering for your kids and pets. To get a no-cost in-home consultation, call 480-485-7743 now.