When you’re baby-proofing a house or designing your kid’s rooms, it’s important to think about the window coverings you use.
While it might be easy to overlook, the way you cover your windows will contribute to cleanliness, comfort, and overall safety.
The biggest risk for window coverings is that something heavy will fall on top of a child.
If they yank a curtain too hard and dislodge the rod, it could come tumbling down.
Equally, if you keep toys or decorations on top of a window to keep them out of reach of children, pulling on a window dressing may also cause these to fall.
For smaller children, there is a risk that they can get entangled in a curtain or accidentally suffocated (highly unlikely, but maybe worth thinking about) by a sibling who thinks it’s funny to wrap them up and hold them there.
Here are a few tips for choosing a window cover that’s kid friendly and keeps you from worrying.
Choose Light, Breathable Curtains
The last thing you want is something heavy or obtrusive falling on your child kid while you’re not watching.
Lighter window furnishings are less likely to become dislodged and are easier for a toddler to escape from if they do end up underneath them.
Easy to Clean Materials that Don’t Collect Dust
Especially for kids with asthma, you should aim to get curtains that don’t collect dust as easily.
Avoid materials like velvet or linen, and opt instead for cotton.
It’s also a good idea to pick curtains you can throw in the washing machine so it doesn’t become such a hassle to get rid of germs or dust frequently.
Shutters or Blinds?
Though they look great and have excellent functionality, vertical blinds or venetian blinds have more potential to break at the hands of curious kids. Instead, choose roller blinds or interior shutters.
Shutters are sturdy and can take a banging from kids bouncing around.
You can keep them closed to help prevent kids from accidentally opening high windows, which still allows plenty of light in.
Single roller or double roller blinds are easy even for small kids to operate, so they can have some autonomy over their room (and less hassle for you) earlier on.
Keep the Area Clear
Don’t put a shelf just above or next to a window in a kid’s room, if you can avoid it.
By minimising the tempting objects near a window, kids are less likely to get into accidents by trying to reach for them.
Instead, try putting a bench just under the window, so your child can sit and look out without needing to reach for anything in particular.
Get in touch with the blinds and shutter experts at Washington Shutters.
We can help you find the perfect window covering for your kid’s room.