If you're a cat owner, you know how much they love climbing drapes and swinging from blinds. If you're a dog owner, you may be tired of your canine companion rubbing their nose against the curtains or clawing at the shades. Is it possible to keep your window treatments nice and also keep pets in your Michigan home? Yes, it is — but you do have to choose the right window treatments.
If you are not relying on window treatments for privacy, just decoration, one option is to have your windows fitted with a grille. A grille divides the window pane into smaller sections. It sits right over your glass and does not dangle anywhere, so it won't tempt a playful cat or dog. Grilles come in a wide array of styles, so you can use them to create either a traditional or contemporary look. A prairie grille, for example, features two horizontal and two vertical bars placed in a way that creates a square in each corner of the window. An equal light grille just features a series of horizontal bars. A grille adds character to both the inside and outside of your home, and it does not require any extra maintenance — even if you have pets.
Another fixed window treatment option is plantation shutters. These are shutters that you mount on the inside of your windows. They open and close like doors. The slats block some light and offer you privacy while also adding some color and character to your windows. A really determined cat may try to climb plantation shutters, but they should not be able to do much damage. Dogs should not cause any damage to them whatsoever. It's traditional to paint the shutters white, but you can really paint them any color to coordinate with your decor.
If you really like the look of traditional blinds but do not want your cat to play with the strings, there are now cordless blinds that may be suitable. These blinds are usually horizontal, Venetian-style window treatments. They may have thick or thin slats, and you can open and close them simply by turning a little knob or pushing a button. The best models actually coordinate with your smart home device so you can open and close them via your smartphone — or set a program that has them open and close on a set schedule. While some cats may still try to play with the blind if they jiggle in the wind, they're far less appealing than standard blinds with cords.
If you like the look of shades, consider buying some made from bamboo rather than from traditional fabric. Bamboo is much sturdier, so it won't snag or fray if your cat claws at it. And since your cat's claws won't sink into it well, your cat won't keep playing with it for very long after trying it. As with blinds, make sure you choose a cordless version for your Michigan home.
Cats, and to a lesser degree dogs, can really wreak havoc on your window treatments. But if you choose the right window treatments, you won't have to worry. And if window treatments aren’t enough to dress up you worn out window frames and foggy panes, it might be time to replace your windows. Contact Renewal by Andersen to schedule a free consultation in your Michigan home.