When planning your child’s nursery or bedroom, safety is paramount. You also want your home to look good and to be practical for both you and your child. One important aspect that you need to consider is what are the most child-friendly window coverings you can use in your home. In this article, we’ll discuss the types of window coverings available and which are best to use in a child-proof home.
1. Window Film for Child’s Bedroom
Window film is a relatively new form of window covering for your home. There are an increasing number of styles and patterns available, which is resulting in its current popularity. Window film makes a good modern alternative to net curtains. It’s an insulator and will help keep the bedroom warm. The film will also block out UV light, however, it’s not so good for blocking direct sunlight and glare. It’s also not the best window covering for privacy. Safety-wise, window film is a good choice for children’s bedrooms. Some window film can also offer added security at the window as the film holds the glass together, making it much more difficult for an intruder to break in through a window.
2. Net Curtains or Voiles
Net curtains and voiles add a whimsical touch to children’s bedrooms. However, they’re not so practical. If you choose to hang net curtains or voiles, you will still need to hang curtains for privacy, to block out the sun and to keep the room warm.
Net curtains and voiles are generally safe for children, however, as with all window dressings where cords are used, you should regularly check that your curtains are safe for children. This includes making sure that any cords used to hold header pleats are secured at all times, especially if you adjust the header pleats after your curtains have been fitted. Never leave a length of cord exposed.
3. Blinds in a Children’s Room
Blinds look simple and stylish in a children’s room or playroom. They are available in many different designs, so there is something to suit every child. You can also choose blackout blinds which will help children to sleep during the summer light nights.
If you choose to install blinds, it’s vital and indeed a legal requirement that you take safety precautions. If you buy a blind with cords, you must also install a discreet little cleat or hook for the cord to wrap around, so there are no loose strings. These must be fitted at a minimum height of 1.5m above the ground. With some blinds, it is possible to order a special kind of breakaway chain that will pull apart with excess force (and can be fixed after the incident). You can also choose cordless options.
4. Curtains in Children’s Rooms
The most traditional window covering in a children’s room is a pair of curtains. You can choose blackout-lined curtains to keep the light out and the warmth in the house. Curtains come in a variety of styles, colours and patterns so there is something for everyone. They’re great for privacy and adding texture to a room.
As with blinds and net curtains, it’s very important that there are no hanging cords or threads. For child safety, you are advised to choose short curtains rather than long drapes and don’t use tie-backs.
5. Child-Friendly Window Shutters
For the ultimate choice in home interior design choose window shutters. They’re not only stylish, but window shutters are also a more child-friendly window covering option than some designs of blinds and curtains as they don’t have any leads or strings attached. Plantation window shutters are wooden slatted blinds that are fitted within the window frame so they don’t move around, meaning young children are unable to grab any loose elements. In addition to being child-friendly and stunning, DIY options make getting the luxury style of shutters just as affordable as blinds and curtains.
The Benefits of Window Shutters
There are many benefits of choosing window shutters, including:
- They are a stunning style feature
- They provide increased security
- They provide increased privacy
- They help your home stay warmer in winter…
- And keep your home cooler in summer
- They block out sunlight making it easier to get children to sleep during the summer months
- They reduce noise levels
- They are long-lasting
- They’re easy to use
- They can be designed to fit any window
- They can increase property value
So, safety has to be your biggest concern when choosing window coverings for your child’s bedroom. Window shutters are the safest choice and also a stunning interior design feature. Remember to plan your child’s room so their cot/bed is not next to the window and to take safety precautions if you choose blinds or curtains.
Which window coverings would you choose for your child’s room?