Toughest Window Treatments For Your Family

Matt Thelander

It’s Saturday morning in Salt Lake City, and you’re enjoying a calming weekend morning doing some pleasure reading. Suddenly, a loud noise from the dining room snaps you out of your tranquility. Sprinting to the noise, you instantly see the damage -- broken blind slats in a heap beneath the window. The kids have disappeared, but with kids and pets, cracked window treatments are not surprising.

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

Parents with toddler in front of plantation shutters 

The Reasoning Against Blinds And Draperies

Blinds are more fragile because of how they are constructed. Many blinds employ a series of thin slats that are connected on each end by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be loose and flexible but can definately become dinged up when bumped into. A tough blow can rip a slat from the cord or snap it in two. Your new puppy may seem adorable nosing through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you may need to purchase a new window treatment when a squirrel strides by. Also, any cords drooping down are a strangulation hazard for both children and animals.

Draperies may not hold up much better with young ones or pets. Because they are attached loosely from one rod above the frame, they can be pulled off with a few good tugs. Ones that hang to the floor are the right height for cruising toddlers or adventurous pets to pull down. Cleaning also can be hard, as paint-covered handprints and clumpy pet hair might only come off with a trip to the dry cleaners, if that.

Polywood® Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets

Those who want something stronger for their active family should consider plantation shutters, especially when they are made of quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters allow natural light in, like blind, shades, and curtains, but use solid louvers instead of relying on fragile cords. With thick louvers and a rigid tilt rod, they can withstand active children and unpredictable pets.

Family room with wall map and plantation shutters 

Faux wood is also great for your family because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The strong composite material can withstand almost everything given to them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the benefit of being cordless, making it much safer for your family.

Let a Sunburst Representative Install Plantation Shutters for Your Windows

You could just have the blinds up and keep worrying about the draperies. Or, you can have a Sunburst representative show you how plantation shutters can be the best window covering for your family. To arrange a free in-home consultation, call 801-515-3598 today.