Perfect Window Treatments For Kids And Animals01/17/2019Tyler Jorgensen It’s finally Saturday in Austin, and you’re enjoying a lazy morning doing some pleasure reading. Suddenly, a crash from the kids’ room snaps you from your thoughts. Running to the noise, you find the damage -- broken blind slats on the floor. The culprits have disappeared, but with children and pets, damaged window treatments are not an unusual occurrence. So, what is the optimal window treatment that can withstand kids and pets? Faux wood plantation shutters can help. The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies Blinds are flimsy because of how they are designed. Most blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected at the edges by a strip of cord. Blinds are meant to be lightweight and adjustable but can easily become broken when kids roughhouse. A sharp blow can tear a slat from the cord or snap it in half. Your new puppy may look adorable nosing through your blinds at the outside world, but you might have to buy a new covering when a pedestrian strides by. Plus, any cords dangling down are a strangulation hazard for infants. Draperies may not do much better with children or animals. Because they are suspended loosely from a rod above the frame, they can be pulled down accidently. Ones that touch the floor are the perfect height for young kids or adventurous pets to pull down. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as dirty fingerprints and clumpy pet hair might only disappear with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that. Shutters Can Hold Up To Children And Pets Those who need something sturdier for their kids and pets should consider plantation shutters, especially if they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like blinds, but use solid louvers instead of employing thin slats and fabric. With solid louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can withstand inattentive kids and anxious pets. Faux wood is also perfect for children and animals because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The thick louvers 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 a lot safer for your family. Have a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows You could just have the blinds up and keep scolding about touching the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the safest window treatment for your family. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 512-549-6077 today.