It’s an image pet owners in Las Vegas probably know too well: leaving your house only to glance behind and see your pet’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain window treatments, regular trips to the window may spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments.
So what can you do to avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to pick a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the rowdiest pets. Let’s learn about some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across Nevada.
Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly
First, let’s take a look at which window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home.
Window Coverings With Cords
Just like with window safety for children, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which might mean damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet.
Look into window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that attach to the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are motorized.
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Aluminum blinds are possibly the absolute worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re very susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the entire thing.
Fabric Window Treatments
Depending on your pet and the style of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to avoid. Long fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window treatments also have a tendency to collect pet hair which eliminates any fashion value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.
The Most Pet-Friendly Window Treatments
Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings.
Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds
Almost all of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to look through the window, sturdier wood blinds can handle more abuse than metal blinds. Also, their typically wider slats make it less likely for pets to get their bodies tangled in them.
However, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones without cords.
Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets
If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters might minimize those worries. Since they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that can cause issues. And, even if your dog or cat is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and sturdy so damage is hardly a concern.
Plantation shutters keep your pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to poke its head out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without much risk of damage. Does the cat want a patch of sunlight to sleep in? You can easily adjust the louvers and let the light come through without giving up your privacy.
Simply put, plantation shutters are the perfect window covering for pet owners.
Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project
Want to find a new window treatment that’s a good fit for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas at 702-850-6619
now to see about your window treatment options. Your pet will be glad you did.