The Best Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

Beagles look out open window with no window treatment in Philadelphia.

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There’s an image Philadelphia pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to look back and see your four-legged friend’s face peeking through the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain window treatments, regular trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can cause some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments.

So what can you do to prevent pet damage? The simplest way is to choose a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Let’s take a look at some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners throughout PA.

Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should avoid.

Corded Window Treatments

Similar to children’s window safety, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which may mean damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet.

Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automatic.

Metal Blinds

Cat looking through metal blinds in Philadelphia.

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Metal blinds are possibly the worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they typically operate via cord, but they’re incredibly vulnerable to damage from even the most well-behaved animals. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, and even snap the flimsy slats, resulting in you having to replace the whole thing.

Fabric Window Coverings

Fabrics might be something to avoid, depending on your pet and the type of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also have a tendency to collect pet hair which eliminates any style value they could add. Finally, fabrics can tear, which means trouble for cat owners.

The Most Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Now that you’ve seen which window treatments don’t mix well with pets, we’ll go over some pet-friendly window coverings.

Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

faux-wood blinds in Philadelphia.

All of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat wants to look through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. Also, their wide slats make it harder for pets to get tangled in them.

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

Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment

Plantation shutters in Philadelphia kitchen with modern appliances. 

If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you worried, plantation shutters may minimize those concerns. Since they mount directly onto the window, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that might cause issues. And, even if your dog or cat is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is almost never an issue.

Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to peek out the window as you head out? Shutters can let it do so without any chance of damage. Does the kitten want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply adjust the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without giving up your privacy.

Simply put, plantation shutters are the most ideal window covering for homes with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Ready to get a new window covering that’s a good fit for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia at 215-874-4897 today to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be glad you did.