When you have children in your home, it can seem incredibly overwhelming to think about childproofing. It’s a big undertaking that requires not just time, but careful planning.
Despite the challenge that comes with ensuring your home is safe for your little ones of any age, it’s something that’s well worth it to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your kids have a safe home to live in.
One of the most important areas to think about when child-proofing your home are your windows. Unfortunately, many children have been hurt or even killed because of unsafe blinds and window coverings with hanging strings that can cause strangulation.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can prevent this from happening while still selecting stylish, beautifully made window coverings.
Below are some specific tips that can help you choose child-friendly window coverings that still look great.
Consider Custom Blinds
You might love the look of a product such as wood blinds, but wonder if it’s possible to find a design that’s cordless. One way to do this is to opt for custom blinds. If you find a reputable designer and manufacturer of wood blinds, you can get the look, feel, and quality of the original product, but you can have it designed with no cords.
The result is the sophistication and timeless beauty of custom wood blinds that don’t look like they belong in a child-proofed home, yet you have the comfort and security that comes with knowing your children are protected.
Motorized Shades and Window Treatments
It seems like everyone is embracing smart home and advanced technology, and one good way to do this while also keeping your children safe is by using motorized shades and window treatments. Motorized window treatments can not just ensure you don’t have to worry about the hazard of cords, but you can set them to automatically raise and lower on the schedule you choose.
Motorized window coverings are also good regarding security since they can be configured to move automatically even when you‘re not home, giving the illusion you’re present.
If you don’t have the budget for motorized shades or blinds, you can also opt for a variety of shades that are without cords. For example, cellular shades can be a good option for homes with little ones, as can roman shades or roller and solar shades.
It should be noted, however, that some of these shades may not be durable enough for a home with active little ones because they can be torn.
If this is a consideration you would likely go with an option listed above, which is the custom wood blind, or you might choose something like bamboo shades, which presents a bit more durability as compared to cellular shades which an be ripped easily.
As a final note, as well as shopping for window coverings that are going to make your home safe, you should also ensure they’re properly installed and that your little one’s crib is placed far enough way that they can’t try to reach them.