Window Covering Ideas for Indianapolis Pet Owners

Bill Burke

Dogs look out open window with no window treatment in Indianapolis.

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There’s an image pet owners in Indianapolis probably know too well: leaving your house only to glance back and see your pet’s face peeking through the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain window treatments, regular trips to the window may spell disaster, as pets can cause some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments.

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

Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

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

Window Treatments With Cords

Similar to children’s window safety, cords can be one of the biggest issues for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with hanging cords, which may mean damage to your window treatment 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 top-down bottom-up configuration or are motorized.

Aluminum Blinds

Cat peeking through aluminum blinds in Indianapolis.

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Aluminum blinds are probably the worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds usually operate via cord, but they’re extremely vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the flimsy slats, resulting in you having to replace the whole thing.

Fabric Window Treatments

Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window covering. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the ground, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also have a tendency to collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they might add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well.

Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

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

Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds

wood blinds in Indianapolis.

Almost all of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. Even if your dog or cat likes to poke its head through the window, durable wood blinds can handle more abuse than metal blinds. Plus, their usual wide slats make it harder for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them.

But, make sure that if you purchase wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones without cords.

Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment

White shutters in Indianapolis kitchen with modern appliances. 

If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment has you concerned, plantation shutters might minimize those concerns. Because they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there are no dangling cords or fabric that might cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pets are able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely durable so damage is hardly a concern.

Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Does your dog want to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Just tilt the louvers to let the light come through without giving up your privacy.

Simply put, plantation shutters are the best window covering for homeowners with pets.

Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project

Want to find a new window covering that’s a great fit for both you and your dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis at 317-558-9066 today to learn all your window covering options. Your pet will be glad you did.