Buying Creative Window Treatments for Kids Rooms

Window Covering Ideas: Choosing the Best Window Coverings for Kid's Rooms

Window treatments for kids rooms should provide a good balance between safety and light control. When looking for window treatments for your youngster's room you want to offer a safe, welcoming and fun environment. Choosing the right window covering for your child's room is an important task, but it doesn't have to be difficult.

Selecting the right kids window treatment starts by keeping the family's functional needs in mind, while at the same time,not loosing sight of your styling issues and desires. Your kids room window coverings should complement the look of the decor while addressing the special circumstances of this particular living space.

Keep in mind that you can have beautifully painted or wallpapered walls, great flooring, and tastefully selected furniture, but if the window coverings don't go with the rest of the decor, the overall "feel" of the child's room will not be what you had in mind. Or, you can select window treatments that match beautifully, but are not of the right material to hold up to a child's environment, and that great look you started with fades (literally), years before its time.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Window Treatments for Kids

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There are many factors to consider when selecting the right window treatments for kids rooms. The main functional reasons to for window treatments in general are privacy and light control. Additional factors in making any choice include budget, safety, window orientation and durability. You can have a beautiful window covering, but if it doesn't fit the function of the window, you won't be happy with it in the long run.

Safety Considerations for Window Treatments for Kids

All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe window treatments when children or pets are present in a home, so be sure that any shades or blinds meet these CPSC standards. If you wish to eliminate cords altogether (even on treatments meeting the CSPC standards) many popular Blindster window treatments offer cordless options. For much more information about window covering safety, see Child Safe Blinds & Shades.

Safety and functionality are the two primary aspects of window treatments for kids' rooms that should be initially considered. A child's room is not the place for long drapes or cords, but you do want to have a window covering to give light control if your child still requires a daytime nap and to offer the privacy you need at night. In this sense, light control also provides safety from anyone who might be able to look into the room from outside.

Before you decide on a window treatments for kids' room, think about the height and age of the child and what hazards could exist with a window covering that is within reach of a a toddler or young child.

Cordless lift controls are a great option for window treatments for kids because they offer easy up and down operation and is an important safety consideration for homes with small children (or pets). Cordless window treatments also offer a clean, uncluttered look for your child's room. Additionally, many cordless shades are made from vinyl which is durable and easy to maintain.

Light Control & Privacy Considerations

Roller shades are a great cordless shade option because they provide privacy with either light filtering fabric or room darkening/blackout fabric and vinyl. While it's important to consider color when choosing a roller shade, the degree of light blockage is dependent upon the material selected.

Blackout roller shades provide maximum privacy. Also known as room darkening shades these window treatments are available in dense fabrics with tighter weaves to block out natural light. Designed to provide maximum control over light, room darkening roller shades also prohibit others from seeing inside your home when closed.

The most difficult functional factor to control is light. Most window treatments for kids fall into one of five categories for controlling light exposure:

  • Transparent - Clear, without obstruction
  • Translucent - Diffused light, preventing perception of distinct images
  • Filtered - Muted light in bright conditions
  • Semi-Opaque - Surfaces impenetrable by light, yet allows some light through gaps
  • Opaque (or Black-Out) - Blocks all light

Measure Your Coverage Area

You can't know what kids window covering options you have without knowing what sizes you need to order. The size of the area covered, whether inside or outside mount, will limit the availability of shades and blinds types made to those size ranges. Once you have this information, you are ready to start making choices.

Inside Mount
  • Mounted within the window frame
  • Provides a clean, built-in look
  • Great way to leave attractive woodwork exposed
Outside Mount
  • Great option when there is not enough depth for an inside mount
  • Mounted to the wall, ceiling or molding surface surrounding the window
  • Often used to make the window appear larger or to hide a less attractive window or door

Blindster offers illustrated instructions for measuring each type of kitchen window treatment.

Free Samples Remove the Guesswork

It can be really difficult to visualize the textures, colors and fabrics of various kids room window blinds and shades. Blindster removes the selection guesswork by offering free samples of window treatments. This can help you in coordinating the overall look of the bedroom, to make sure that the bed linens, carpet, paint or other elements work together for just look you want. Be sure to hold the sample up to the window to evaluate the level of privacy it provides.

Children's Window Budget: Where "Want" meets "Wallet"

Window treatments for kids vary considerably, so it's important that you have a plan and a budget to make sure you can achieve your overall window decorating goals. Keep in mind that you are buying household items that should last for years. Consider how long you think this choice will work for your child's age and other factors that would influence how much you wish to "invest" in the new look of your window treatments. Refer to the information below that compares both advantages and disadvantages of the most popular window treatments to better understand your choices.

Comparing Window Treatments Features

There's a lot to know about window treatments for kids, but you don't have to know everything about each type in order to eliminate some styles from consideration. Compare the advantages and disadvantages (presented below) of popular blinds and shades to assist in this initial evaluation. This will let you spend more time focused on the types better suited to your specific needs.

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Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular ShadesFaux Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Faux Wood Blinds

Advantages
  • Cost: Made from synthetic materials so they are less expensive than real wood blinds.
  • More durable. Faux wood blinds are perfect for homes with active children and/or pets.
  • Easy to clean. Because faux wood blinds can get wet they are easy to wipe down with a wet cloth.
Disadvantages
  • Not recommended for kids' room unless a cordless option is selected.
  • Most people still prefer the warmth of real wood.
  • There are limited color choices.
  • There are size constraints and size limitations.
  • They are flimsier yet heavier than wood.
View Window Treatments: Faux Wood Blinds
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2Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Real Wood blinds

Advantages
  • Look and feel of real wood. Stains showcase the wood grain texture in the blinds.
  • Larger selection of colors and stains
  • Lighter than faux wood blinds. This is important for larger window blinds. Lighter blinds are easier to raise and last longer.
Disadvantages
  • Cost
View Window Treatments: Wood Blinds
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1" Privacy Aluminum BlindsAluminum Mini blinds (click to zoom)

Aluminum Mini Blinds

Advantages
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Lightweight.
  • Large color selection.
Disadvantages
  • Not recommended for kids' room unless a cordless option is selected.
  • Poor insulators.
  • Aluminum slats can bend.
View Window Treatments: Aluminum Mini Blinds
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Smooth PVC Vertical BlindsVertical Blinds (click to zoom)

Vertical Blinds

Advantages
  • Perfect for large hard to cover windows and sliding doors.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Economical.
Disadvantages
  • Not recommended for a kid's room due to the long vanes a child could become tangled in.
  • Contemporary look may not suit all room styles.
View Window Treatments: Vertical Blinds
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Deluxe Vinyl Roller ShadesRoller Shades (click to zoom)

Roller Shades

Advantages
  • Take very little window space. Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Wide color selection.
  • Best suited for modern or contemporary style rooms or for homeowners looking for simple, low profile window coverings.
  • Ideal for windows that cannot accommodate traditional drapes or shades (smaller spaces).
  • When a cordless option is selected roller shades are a safe window treatment for kids and pets.
Disadvantages
  • Must be fully raised for complete view.
View Window Treatments: Roller Shades
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Super Value Cordless Single Cellular ShadesCellular Shades (click to zoom)

Honeycomb Cellular Shades

Advantages
  • Individual cells trap air for excellent insulation. Considered best choice for energy saving window treatments.
  • Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Large color selection.
  • When a cordless option is selected roller shades are a safe window treatment for kids and pets.
Disadvantages
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
View Window Treatments: Honeycomb Cellular Shades
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Pleated ShadesPleated Shades (click to zoom)

Pleated Shades

Advantages
  • Combine the elegance and appeal of cellular shades at lower cost.
  • Pleated shades are perfect when looking for a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds.
  • Unique structure and versatility of allows multiple control options.
  • While pleated shades do not have the same energy efficient properties as cellular shades, they still offer multiple options in light and privacy control.
  • Lighter colors and textures of sheer and semi-private pleated shades allow some features to be visible from the outdoors.
  • Pleated shades come in a variety of weaves and colors that help block light and provide dark accents to rooms.
  • When a cordless option is selected roller shades are a safe window treatment for kids and pets.
Disadvantages
  • Less energy efficient than cellular shades.
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
View Window Treatments: Pleated Shades
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Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group ABamboo & Woven Wood Shades (click to zoom)

Bamboo / Woven Wood Shades

Advantages
  • Easily mix and layer with drapes for a more dramatic effect.
  • Relatively good at controlling the amount of sunlight that a room receives.
  • Ideal for a vintage, country, rustic or rugged look.
  • They're available in a range of shades from dark to light browns.
  • When a cordless option is selected roller shades are a safe window treatment for kids and pets.
Disadvantages
  • Requires liner for nighttime privacy.
  • Cost.
View Window Treatments: Bamboo Shades
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Premium Solar Shades 3% OpenSolar Shades (click to zoom)

Solar Shades

Advantages
  • Blocks up to 90 percent of the sun's heat.
  • Tremendous energy savings because energy costs will be greatly reduced.
  • Keep your eyes and body protected from the sun's strong and dangerous UV rays.
  • Protects furniture and flooring, reducing the risk of fading, discoloration and burning.
  • Enjoy outdoor views while keeping excessive heat and sunlight out.
  • Not recommended for a child's room unless a cordless option is available, and a liner is used that would block the view of the room's interior at night.
Disadvantages
  • Requires liner for nighttime privacy.
View Window Treatments: Solar Shades
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Premium Roman Shades Group BRoman Shades (click to zoom)

Roman Shades

Advantages
  • Roman shades combine the covering and decorating effect of drapery fabric with the operating ease of window blinds.
  • Fabric shade material retains an elegance similar to the effect of the curtains, but offers a cleaner, more polished and controlled look to the room's decor.
  • Lined, cloth Roman shades are best for light-blocking and privacy, while unlined shades usually only filter light.
  • Roman shades offer design versatility because of the variety of fabric colors and patterns.
  • Roman shades are ideal for small spaces that you wish to decorate with drapery-type fabric because they take less space. These window shades cover what is needed to be covered.
  • When a cordless option is selected roman shades are a safe window treatment for kids and pets.
Disadvantages
  • Must be fully raised for maximum view.
View Window Treatments: Roman Shades
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More Window Treatment Information . . .

While a particular window covering may meet all of your functional needs, it may be a poor match for the overall decor of the room. With all the window fashion options now available, you should have many window treatments for kids to choose from for any decor.

The information you need to make the best window treatments for kids selection is at your fingertips at Blindster.com. We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.

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