Blinds, whether you use them alone or combine them with drapes, can provide the perfect window covering. This is because they can be adjusted quite easily to control the amount of light and privacy in your home. If you have a dog that loves the window, you may be concerned that they will damage the blinds. The following tips can help you avoid this problem:
Tip #1: Opt for a cordless model
The cords or blinds can be a major hazard for your dog. Not only can they be tempted to pull and chew on them if they fall within reach, but the cords can also be a choking hazard if they get wrapped around your dog's neck when you aren't there to rescue them. Cordless blinds come in a few styles. There are some that operate via wands that you twist or by a push button. There is also a corded style that has the cords inside a box mounted next to the blinds and out of reach of your dog.
Tip #2: Skip fabric coverings
Fabric covered blinds may be pretty, but they will attract dog hair and skin oils, which can make them difficult to clean. Instead, stick with hard surface blinds that you can simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Aluminum and plastic blinds are inexpensive, but larger dogs or dogs that are tempted to chew can damage these easily. Thicker wood and vinyl blinds are a better option in this case.
Tip #3: Consider automation
Is part of the problem the fact your dog gets into the blinds when you aren't home to manage them? For example, many dogs ignore windows after dark, but as soon as the sun is out, they want to see outside. If you aren't home to open them, this can be a problem. Automated blinded can be placed on a timer so that they open and close when you want, whether you are home or not.
Tip #4: Don't overlook the vertical option
If pulling on standard horizontal blinds or getting tangled in the blinds is a problem you can't seem to break your dog of, then you still have an option. Free-hanging vertical blinds don't have a cord along the bottom, so your dog can easily nose between the blind panels without injury or damage to the blinds. Although typically used for glass doors, you can also find them sized for standard windows.
For more help, talk to a blinds company in your area.
My name is Ian Flaherty and this is my home and garden blog about painting. Many people don't enjoy painting the rooms in their house, but I think it's a very relaxing task that I often do after work. I frequently change the colors of the rooms in my home and every time I do, it gives the home an entirely new appearance, I learned how to paint rooms many years ago when I first started changing the paint colors in my house. When I was first learning how to paint, I had a few mishaps, but then I would do research to learn how it's done right. If you want to discover a whole new world that can be achieved with paint, I hope you'll read my blog and apply these tips and ideas.