The Right Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

Dogs look out open window with no window covering in Austin.

Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons)

It’s an image pet owners in Austin know all too well: leaving your home only to glance behind and see your pet’s face looking at you as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, daily trips to the window may mean trouble, as pets can make for some of the worst harm to your window treatments.

So what can you do to avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most excitable pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners in Texas.

Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home.

Corded Window Treatments

As is the case with window safety for children, cords are one of the biggest issues for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which might result in damage to your window treatment or in some cases, injury to your pet.

Opt instead for window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are motorized.

Aluminum Blinds

Cat peeking through aluminum blinds in Austin.

Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Aluminum blinds are probably the worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds usually operate by cord, but they’re incredibly susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the flimsy slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole window treatment.

Fabric Window Coverings

Depending on your pet and the style of window covering, fabrics might or might not be something to stay away from. Long fabrics like curtains can “pool” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window treatments also frequently collect pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.

Our Picks for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that you’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window treatments.

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

wood blinds in Austin.

All of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet likes to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can handle more abuse than metal blinds. Also, their typically wider slats make it more difficult for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them.

However, be sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you choose ones that are cordless.

Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets

Plantation shutters in Austin kitchen with marble counter. 

If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters might assuage those concerns. Since they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric that may cause issues. What’s more, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and incredibly sturdy so damage is rarely an issue.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to poke its head out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without risking damage. Does the kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? You can easily tilt the louvers to let the light come through without compromising privacy.

Put simply, plantation shutters are the perfect window covering for homeowners with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window covering that’s a great fit for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077 now to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be grateful.