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Best Window Covering Options for Pet Owners

Pets are family members, plain and simple. We love their late night cuddles, their purrs, their wagging tails, and their overall presence and affection. Many of us can’t live without them, and they play a significant role in our overall happiness.

That being said, our furry little friends can also be terrors when it comes to window coverings. There are hundreds of videos posted online of pets (and more specifically cats) tearing window coverings to shreds with their silly antics.

If you’re a pet owner that’s due for a new set of curtains, shutters, shades, or blinds, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of all the best window covering options for pet owners!

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Fortunately, dogs tend to leave curtains alone for the most part. Cats, on the other hand, love nothing more than to climb this conveniently placed fabric and curl up on puddled draperies. That can leave your curtains filled with a whole lot of hair!

To combat this issue, keep your curtains as short as possible (without sacrificing aesthetic of course). You can do this by:

  • Raising the curtain rod
  • Creating horizontal pleats held in place by fabric glue
  • Installing a tieback
  • Pinching and lifting the fabric using a clip or ring
  • Faking a valance by putting a forward-folding crease at the top of the curtain
  • Getting your curtain hemmed

Also, select curtain fabrics that repel pet hair, such as the following:

    • Silk: This naturally slippery fabric is resistant to the accumulation of pet hair.
    • Polyester: Polyester is an inexpensive material that’s easy to clean and significantly less clingy than other curtain fabrics.
    • Tight Weave Microfiber: This fabric is specifically designed to stop loose hair from adhering to it, and it’s also super durable!


Shades & Shutters

The following types of shades and shutters have withstood the test of time against even the most rambunctious pets:

      • Roman Shades: These easily adjustable shades are perfectly fitted to the top and bottom of the window, and they can be made without any dangling cords. Roman shades also come all in one piece so your pet won’t be tempted to stick their heads or paws through their non-existent slants.
      • Roller Shades: Roller shades are another type of shade that comes without any gaps in-between slants. They are easy to clean and don’t collect as much pet hair as other types of shades.
      • Plantation Shutters: This type of window treatment prevents your pet from accessing the window and is durable enough to withstand the most persistent paws. Your pets may also be less tempted to tinker with this type of shutter since it can be left open, providing your pet with a great view of the outside world!



If you like the privacy and lighting control that blinds have to offer but have a curious pet in your household, opt for the following types of blinds:

      • Vertical Blinds: Cats can’t climb and damage vertical blinds the same way they can with their horizontal counterparts. If a few louvres do happen to get damaged either by a cat falling or a dog chewing on it, it’s pretty easy to order individual replacements. Plus, vertical blinds often come in a cordless form!
      • Faux Wood Blinds: If you’d prefer to have more traditional looking, horizontal blinds, faux wood blinds are the way to go! They are pretty heavy duty compared to plastic, vinyl, or aluminum blinds, which means their slants can be left open without the risk of being damaged.


Evidently, owning a pet doesn’t limit you to having to get one type of window covering – you just have to know what to look for! In general, it’s best to avoid dangly cords and low-hanging fabrics. Also, save yourself an extra trip to the shop by getting the most durable shutter and blind fabrics available.

By following these guidelines, you and your fluffy companion(s) will live happily ever after!

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