Choosing a window treatment goes beyond picking the option that looks best in the room. If you have small children, safety has to be at the top of your concerns. Fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice safety for style. These tips can help you have both.
Tip #1: Skip the Tension Rod
Tension-mounted curtain rods are not the most secure option. One tug can bring heavy curtains and hard curtain rods down onto the head of your little one. When choosing a curtain rod, opt for models that are screwed into the wall and make sure they are screwed into a wall stud so they can't easily be pulled out of the wall. For extra safety, skip the heavy curtain rods just in case they are pulled down. Instead of real wrought iron, for example, opt for lighter weight aluminum with a wrought iron finish.
Tip #2: Say No to Cords
Cords and chains can turn into an accidental noose if your child becomes tangled up in them. This goes for both the outer cords that are used to open blinds and drapes, and the inner cords on some blind and shade styles. Opt for cordless window treatments, which usually have the cords secured inside a covering so that they aren't hanging loose. Curtains and drapes don't have inner cords, so they are safer than many blind and shade designs — especially if you opt for a cordless style. If you do opt for blinds, check that they have safety stops installed on the inner cords so that it isn't possible to pull out a large loop of cordage.
Tip #3: Consider the Placement
Some children are more prone to adventurous discovery than others. If you have a child that likes to climb, avoid floor length drapes that can tempt them ever upward. Window treatments that end just at or slightly below the window sill may be a better option. If your child likes to pull on the curtains or bend the blinds, you may want to consider a frame mounted window treatment, like louvered shutters. These are too stiff for a child to damage and they are cordless in operation. They also provide a safety barrier that also lets in light if you have a window that could pose a falling hazard for your child.
Visit a local store with draperies and window treatments learn more about the different options that are available to you.