How to Select the Right Window Coverings for Your Pet

Luminette® Privacy Sheers in the Family Room

Luminette® Privacy Sheers in the Family Room

Selecting new window coverings for your home can be daunting by itself. Add cats and dogs into the mix, and now your design choices become a bit more complicated. For homeowners with pets, there are a variety of window coverings that are obviously better than others. Hunter Douglas, the leader in window fashions innovation, believes you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for safety. In fact, they take child and pet safety very seriously—from design to operating systems. If you have questions about what might be best for your pet, speak with a trained professional at Windo VanGo serving Baltimore.

Decorating With Your Pet in Mind

When we talk about pets in the home, it is important that our furry friends feel comfortable and safe. Pets love to see outside, so keep your blinds or shades raised partway to avoid your pet damaging your window coverings. Here are a few product selections from Hunter Douglas that will add style and are pet-safe.

  • Designer Roller & Screen Shades – Allows you to raise the shade to a comfortable position, so the pet can see out. They offer a sleek modern style with remarkably smooth operation, ease of lifting and the smallest light gap in the industry. Roller and screen shades are available in hundreds of fabric choices, opacities, textures, and solids. Pets can sneak behind the shade without the threat of the shade falling down.
  • Duette® Honeycomb Shades – Made from a very durable fabric and is available in hundreds of colors and opacities. Add the top-down/bottom-up feature with LiteRise® cordless system, and you have the best of all worlds: Lower the top, raise the bottom, or keep them in a combination of both. Honeycomb shades cover the entire window, so dogs tend not to bother them.
  • Vertical Solutions Vinyl Blinds – An economical solution for sliding or patio doors. Available in 3 ½” slat size in an array of patterns and colors. If closed, your pets can nudge the slats to see outside and then they will fall back into place. The vinyl slats are also very easy to clean.
  • NewStyle™ Hybrid or Palm Beach™ Polysatin Shutters – Both are very durable and difficult for pets to maneuver open. Shutters can withstand slight to medium pressure. Available in grain-like finishes, whites and off-white colors, and three slat sizes. Dust with a cloth.
  • Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds – Allows you to tilt open or closed the slats, so pets can see out. They are easy to clean. More durable than wood, but a large dog could still snap the slats.

Operating Systems for Pet Safety

Pirouette® Window Shadings in the Office

Pirouette® Window Shadings in the Office

The operating system is just as important as the product itself. Hunter Douglas offers a wide selection of lifting systems to enhance child and pet safety, such as:

  • Cordless
  • Motorized
  • Retractable lift cords
  • Cord tensioners
  • Wand controls

Window treatments to avoid would be mini blinds, fabric shades, fabric verticals, draperies, and corded blinds or shades.

Remember to select the right product and fabric to meet your pet’s personality. No window covering is completely safe from chewing and scratching, but you can take precautions to minimize the hazards. Please visit or call Windo VanGo to learn more about all the products that are child- and pet-safe.

Finding Pet-Friendly Window Treatments in Baltimore, Timonium MD Areas

Windo VanGo is your premier Hunter Douglas Window Treatment specialist and supplier of Farrow & Ball premiere paints and wallpapers in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville. Serving residential and commercial clients in Ellicott City, Timonium, Westport, Forest Hill, Annapolis, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas.Contact us today for a design consultation!