We know that every bedroom needs the ideal window dressing, and when it comes to your children’s rooms, window blinds are the ideal choice. But, choosing the perfect variety, complete with functionality and safety can be a daunting task.
Firstly, you have to account for a growing child’s changing tastes, and blinds are an excellent choice. Kids can be fickle creatures, so if you’re not quite ready to commit to hot pink walls in your home, blinds are a great alternative.
Window blinds are also a good way to make a statement in a child’s room if you are renting your home. After all, not all landlords love the idea of statement wallpaper, so blinds make for the perfect compromise.
So, whether you are moving in a brand-new property, redecorating your children’s rooms as they’ve outgrown or grown tired of their current theme, or you’re all just ready for a change, blinds could well be the way to go for your child’s room. There are a few things to consider when choosing blinds for children’s rooms, though, including:
- The Age Of Your Child – Some blinds pull down easier than others which could be a safety hazard if you have an active toddler.
- Light – How much light do you want in a child’s bedroom? Blinds allow you to adjust the light level in any room. For a napping toddler or infant, you will want to pick blinds that completely block out the light to help them achieve sound sleep. Teens are more concerned about privacy, though, over light control.
- Ease Of Use – Blinds of all kinds are generally easy to use and easy to clean with a damp cloth.
- Health And Safety Issues – Blinds are ideal for children who suffer with allergies, as blinds tend to resist the build-up of pet dander and dust mites. They’re also safer than curtains and other window dressings since smaller children could pull curtains down or get tangled up in them. For children’s rooms, blinds that use rods rather than cords are best.
Choosing Blinds for Your Child’s Room – Consider Room Design
To help you choose the perfect blinds for your child’s room, you need to consider the design of the room.
Fortunately, you can use just about any kind of window blind for the bedroom, provided it helps with privacy and comfort. Darker Roman blinds and blackout shades are popular choices as they keep out light and aid daytime sleep. Electric blinds are also great as you can pre-program them to open and close at set times.
For smaller children and infants, safety and sleep are the two main concerns. The blinds should not include cords that your child could reach, and they shouldn’t be placed near cribs. You should also make sure that there aren’t any small spaces where toes or fingers could get pinched. Blackout shades can help create a dark, sleep-friendly space any time of the day or night while automated blackout shades are ideal as you don’t have to pull cords.
Panel blinds work well for larger windows and doors and add great personality to a kid’s room as there are so many different kinds of patterns, textures and colours to choose from. They’re actually great for kids of any age and they are sure to have fun helping you choose their favourite colours. These blinds also offer child-safe, smooth operating wands that are ultra-easy to use. When they’re open, the blinds allow for loads of light to shine through, but when drawn, they create a fabric screen and excellent privacy and light control.
Choosing Blinds for Your Child’s Room – Based on Function and Purpose
When it comes to practicality in a child’s room, vertical blinds are a fantastic choice. These are a brilliant hybrid of curtains and blinds, ideal for just about any size window. They also offer complete light control and privacy, since you can rotate the blades on the spot or slide them out of the way completely. Vertical blinds are available in hundreds of different kinds of fabrics and colours to suit a wide range of budgets, too, making them great for every life stage and every bedroom.
Shutters are another good choice for a kid’s bedroom as they are easy to operate and act as hearty window coverings. They’re also aesthetically beautiful and work well on both small and big windows. You can even choose custom colours. Keeping shutters clean is easy too, and only takes a damp cloth.
However, shutters are not ideal for light control, and while they’ll block out most of the light, there are always gaps along the track and between louvres that allow light in. If you and your child want a completely dark room, this is not the option for you. They also take up a lot of room when they are stacked, and not everyone has a big bedroom and free space for the stacked panels.
One of the most common options for children’s rooms is roller blinds. From kid friendly, chic designer fabrics to metallic blackout options, there are so many different fabrics and colours to choose from. Block out materials for roller blinds are completely block out, too, so no light will get into your little one’s bedroom. Best of all, most roller blinds for children’s rooms are wipeable so maintenance is incredibly easy.
Choosing Blinds for Your Child’s Room – for Safety
Of course, when it comes to your child and his or her bedroom, safety is your number one consideration. And here, roller blinds come out tops. While most blinds do meet international child safety standards, roller blinds come with a secure and highly advanced operating mechanism, offering state-of-the-art safety for your child and peace of mind for you. They’re also an excellent way to manage light and heat, completely blocking off the sun or filtering in warm sunshine.
It should be noted, though, that roller blinds don’t allow for light filtering, which means that you must have the blind either up or down, and it cannot be angled. There’s also the issue of privacy. When the blind is up – even a block out roller blind – anyone can see in through the window. The only way you can maintain privacy is by keeping the blind lowered.
If you have a toddler or baby, we know that safety features are incredibly important in their bedroom. Your window blinds should not have looped pull cords or loose cords and wands should always be placed out of a child’s reach.
Fortunately, there are many kinds of blinds on the market that are easy and convenient to lower, raise and even open with just the touch of the hand and you can get this kind of feature for venetian blinds, wood blinds and even faux wood blinds. Blinds that don’t have exposed cords offer the best kind of child safety in your little one’s bedroom.
With so many options at Made To Measure Blinds in terms of colours, fabrics and cost, we’re sure you will have no problem finding the perfect window blinds for your children’s bedrooms. Best of all, you can have fun upgrading the blinds as your child, and his or her tastes, change over the years.