Whether you are on a tight budget or ready to splurge on designer products, planning the perfect nursery is challenging. Blinds or curtains? Rollers or traditional wooden shutters? When it comes to window treatments, you have many options. However, when designing a nursery, things can get a little trickier. Even something as simple as curtains needs a lot of consideration. After all, it’s not just about colour choice, furnishings or theme. It’s also about safety, light control, soundproofing and comfort. 

Nursery Window Treatments – Dos and Don’ts

 

If you’re not sure where to start, we have you covered. Make safe choices with these simple yet effective tips on how to plan your nursery window treatments. 

Do Consider Blinds Instead of Floor-Length Draperies

Curtains need to be bigger than windows to work properly. Without complete coverage, draperies are of no use. However, floor-length curtains can look cluttered and pose a threat to your child, who will be crawling all over soon. Considering all the potential hazards and inconveniences of curtain, blinds are a great alternative. They are simple, short, available in cordless models, and remain out of reach oflittle hands. Going cordless is a must. Blinds with cords or tiebacks pose serious safety hazards for children.In fact, there have been several incidents where kids have died due to hanging blind cords.Electrical motorized blinds, by contrast,are completely cord free and safe for children. 

Don’t Let Curtains Upstage Windows

Curtains cover a considerable part of your windows and reduce the appearance of their width. If you’re planning to go for curtains, choose wide-panelled ones and make sure that the rod is long enough to accommodate the extra width. This will allow you to pull back the drapes completely without obstructing your view.Curtain rods extended too far can become unstable and may prove fatal to your child if they fall out.

Do Think About Safety

When it comes to nursery window coverings, safety is your first consideration. Shutters or blinds with long exposed cables are a strangulation hazard to young children. Motorized window treatments, on the other hand, can be controlled remotely. You can even pre-set them to automatically close and open at fixed times during the day.  

Also consider installing safety devices like window guards or stops, and be careful about where you place your furniture. Cribs should be far away from blinds or curtains. Also, never put a crib close to shelving or anything heavy that could fall onto your baby.

Don’t Use Tension Rods

Tension rods are great, especially because they’re adjustable and stretch to fit different windows. Just slide your curtain, pop it into place and you’ll get the desired look without any tools or installation. However, they are not safe for kids’ rooms or nurseries. Since they are not tightly secured to the wall, the spring tension rods may breakdown, causing a serious threat to kids crawling around who might pull the curtain panel.

Do Install Insulating Window Curtains or Blinds

Not many people know that overheating is a major contributing factor for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Keeping the nursery cool and well-ventilated can significantly reduce the risk of SIDS. Even if your child’s room seems cool during the day, it's always a good idea to use heat-resistant, UV-blocking window coverings. Using double-lined, UV-blocking curtains or blinds will keep your little one cool and comfortable during afternoon naps. This will also make your home more energy efficient and reduce your utility bills.

Don’t Go for Curtains with Embellishments

Draperies with cords, beads, and other embellishments are great to look at but aren’t ideal for nurseries.These decorative items can become a choking hazard as they may come out easily or could be pulled off by a child.  If you’re looking for something creative and different,go for digital printsor embroidery instead.

Nothing is more important than your child’s safety and well-being. Designing a nursery can be a both a delightful and nerve-wracking experience, especially for first-time parents. As you prepare to bring your baby home, arm yourself with these nursery window treatment tips to create a safe and secure place for your child. 

Published by Eric Foley