The Best Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Oklahoma City02/08/2017Tyler Jorgensen Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s a scenario Oklahoma City pet owners are all too familiar with: leaving your house only to look behind and see your four-legged friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, daily trips to the window could spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments. So how do you avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to choose a pet-friendly window covering that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Here are some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across OK. Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should avoid. Corded Window Coverings Similar to window safety for children, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with dangling cords, which might mean damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automated. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do they typically operate by cord, but they’re very susceptible to damage from even the smallest of pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the thin slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole window treatment. Fabric Window Coverings Depending on your pet and the type of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to stay away from. Long fabrics like curtains can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window treatments also frequently collect pet hair which nullifies any aesthetic value they might add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that you’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window treatments. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds All of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to poke its face through the window, resilient wood blinds can handle more abuse than aluminum blinds. Also, their usual wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in between them. But, make sure that if you purchase wood or faux-wood blinds that you opt for ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters can help minimize those concerns. Because they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there are no hanging cords or fabric that may cause issues. What’s more, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and extremely sturdy so damage is almost never an issue. Plantation shutters can help keep 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 cat like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? You can easily tilt the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without losing any privacy. In short, plantation shutters are the most ideal window treatment for homes with pets. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Ready to find a new window treatment that’s the right fit for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City at 405-300-4664 today to see about your window treatment options. Your pet will be happy you did.