Window Treatments for Sacramento Pet Owners

Curtis Orton

Dogs look out open window without window covering in Sacramento.

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There’s a scenario Sacramento pet owners know all too well: leaving your house only to look behind and see your four-legged friend’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window may mean trouble, as pets can make for some of the worst accidental harm to your window treatments.

So what can you do to protect against pet damage? The simplest way is to install a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most excitable pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners in CA.

Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

First, let’s take a look at which window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home.

Corded Window Treatments

Just like with window safety for children, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which might mean damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet.

Opt instead for window treatments without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window treatments that feature a bottom-up top-down configuration or are motorized.

Metal Blinds

Cat looking through aluminum blinds in Sacramento.

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Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do they usually operate via 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, and even snap the thin slats, which means you’ll need to replace the entire thing.

Fabric Window Coverings

Depending on your pet and the style of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to avoid. Long fabrics like curtains can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window treatments also usually end up collecting pet hair which nullifies any aesthetic value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws.

Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

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

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Sacramento.

Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to poke its head through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than aluminum blinds. In addition, their wide slats make it harder for pets to get tangled in them.

But, make sure that if you choose wood or faux-wood blinds that you opt for ones without cords.

Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment

White shutters in Sacramento kitchen with modern appliances. 

If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment has you concerned, plantation shutters may reduce those worries. Because they mount directly into the window frame, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that can cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pet is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and extremely durable so damage is almost never a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Does your dog want to look out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without risking damage. Does your kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply tilt the louvers and let the light come through without losing any privacy.

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

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window covering that’s the right fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Sacramento at 916-250-0758 now to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will thank you for it.