Nov 092011

There are a million and one things to consider when decorating any room in your home, and the process is made even more complicated when you have pets thrown into the equation. It’s their home as well as yours, and it’s important to make sure that any additions in terms of interior furnishings are compatible with your furry friends. This can mean in terms of both comfort and safety.

One such furnishing that needs to be carefully considered is your choice of window treatments. There are a wide range of choices which means that your decision should be an extremely thought out one. Perhaps the least convenient choice is curtains, because there are so many possibilities to what pets can do to them. This point is particularly relevant to cats and dogs, who may be extremely tempted to scratch, climb and pull at them all day long. An alternative window treatment that doesn’t provide such temptations is a set of roller blinds.

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Perhaps the main benefit of these blinds is the functionality. If you have a pet that is a regular scratcher or general nuisance with window treatments, this can be easily avoided by simply rolling the blinds up and out of their reach. This can also be achieved with curtains, however this involves tying them high and out of reach which also takes away from the visual appeal. Roller blinds, on the other hand, allow fewer chances for your four legged friends to get a firm grip.

As a result of this, you will end up saving money with roller blinds. The rough treatment curtains and other window furnishings will receive on a daily basis will take their toll over time and will eventually need replacing. This will inevitably hit your wallet hard. In addition, general wear and tear on curtains in particular is likely to make them a safety hazard to both you and your pets, with the potential for injury being high.

It’s easy to get too bogged down in the safety issues however, and ignore the comfort factor of roller blinds in the home. They are available in a wide range of opacity’s, which means both you and your pet can easily get a good night’s sleep no matter how light it is outside. During the day time, they can be easily rolled up out of the way, allowing everyone in the home to take in the sun on those warm summer days.

Remembering that your home needs to be the perfect environment for a pet as well as yourself is so important when decorating. Every choice needs to be thoroughly considered and pros and cons need to be weighed up for both you and your companions. Roller blinds are one way to provide a comfortable and practical environment for all concerned.

This is a guest post from Roller Blinds Direct, a company that has specialized in supplying designer made to measure roller blinds for over 15 years.

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