Child-Friendly Window Furnishings
When selecting window furnishings, style, functionality and durability play a key role in the decision-making process. Once you add children into the equation, safety and ease of cleaning also become important factors. Here are our top three options for child-friendly window furnishings.
Roller blinds are a versatile and durable option when considering window furnishings particularly if you favour continuity of style throughout your home. They have a sleek design that suits most aesthetics and when a neutral colour is chosen, they fit seamlessly within the space. When selecting roller blinds you have the option of single, double or block out, each with their own benefit of controlling the level of light filtering in. Block out blinds are recommended for bedrooms, particularly with babies, as they help to create a dark environment linked to deeper and more restorative sleep, which is worth its weight in gold for parents.
Roller blinds are the safest blind option as they do not have a cord like Venetian blinds or Roman blinds that can be a strangulation hazard. On a standard blind there is a small, taut chain that is fixed to the inside of the window cavity allowing you to adjust the height of the shade. Motorised roller blinds are available as a completely cord free option if this is a safety or cosmetic concern. The motor is hidden behind the blind within the window cavity, far away from curious little hands and creates a sleek design.
One of the joys of having children is watching their unique personalities flourish and which interests they favour; however peculiar they may be. Curtains can be a fantastic interchangeable option where design is concerned as you are only limited by your imagination, so you’re bound to find something that fits the design brief of your little one. The majority of curtain fabrics are also machine washable so may be easily laundered at home, this is an important consideration when selecting your textiles.
Layering of curtains and roller blinds is a popular design option, not only will you filter out the most light, creating that sleep-promoting atmosphere but you will also have a high quality insulation option. If you’re in a cooler climate this layering will help regulate and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home.
If they fit within your aesthetic and budget, plantation shutters are by far the most durable and safe option for window furnishings in your home. Depending on how often they are used and whether you choose solid wood or composite, your shutters can last you between 10 – 20 years. While custom-made shutters are the most expensive option, they add value to your home, will not need to be replaced and aid in energy efficiency, so they end up being an economical option in the long run. Plantation shutters are by far the easiest window furnishing to clean as they only require a light dusting with a microfiber cloth but can be washed with a wood specific solution should your children, spouse or pets create a mess. Plantation shutters are not only cord free, but your child is able to independently adjust the desired light level in their room with a simple hand motion, allowing them a level of autonomy. From a security perspective shutters act as a deterrent for prowlers and burglars as they obscure the view into your home and are an extra barrier on the window. When choosing plantation shutters you have the option of selecting a locking function for added piece of mind.
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