A child’s playroom is often one of the busiest rooms in the house, and home to lots of raucous behaviour and plenty of action. This means that care and consideration needs to be taken when choosing furniture and window coverings, as they’ll likely face the brunt of a kid’s curious nature (especially if they’ve grown bored of their toys!) Though we don’t know a great deal about what bed or play pen is best for a playroom, we do know a bit about playroom blinds, curtains and shutters. To help you pick the right window covering for your kid’s playroom, we’ve compiled a quick guide on coverings we recommend (and a couple we definitely don’t!)
Playroom Blinds, Curtains, & Shutters
Good: Roller blinds
Roller blinds are one of the easiest types of playroom blinds to customise with a motor system, which can eliminate the danger of dangling chords and chains. Roller blinds offer a great degree of privacy and light control, and are available in light filtering, blockout and sunscreen options. These types of playroom blinds are also the most versatile when it comes to choosing a style and colour, as they suit virtually every kind of décor.
Good: Roman blinds
Like roller blinds, roman blinds can be easily motorised with ready to go motorisation kits and are available in plenty of colours to suit any taste. Roman blinds are available in the traditional option of a simple pull down or plantation style with slats that can be pulled up. If your child is of toddler age, you can purchase roman blinds with hard to reach pulling mechanisms instead of opting for motorisation.
Good: Custom made playroom curtains
Custom made curtains work particularly well in playrooms if they’re at the appropriate drape length, as there’s little worry for tripping hazards. Custom made curtains are the optimum choice for playrooms, as they can be easily augmented to the right length, and come in a variety of styles, colours, patterns, and themes. If you’d like the option to change from complete blockout to light filtering, consider mixing playroom curtains with a sheer curtain. Just remember to incorporate kid friendly tie backs to the playroom curtains to avoid any potential tangling.
Good: Plantation shutters
For a window furnishing solution that abolishes the need for loose chains and chords, consider plantation shutters. Using a simple lever to manoeuvre them up and down, plantation shutters are a safe alternative to traditional blinds and curtains as a lever can not pose a choking or tripping hazard. Plantation shutters are also a good option if you’re looking for a window furnishing solution that adds value to your home, as it’s seen as a permanent fixture to the home. The only drawback to shutters is if they break, a pin from the shutters may come loose and fall to the floor. This shouldn’t be too much a concern if the shutters are used appropriately, but if you feel your child may be a little overzealous with the lever, it might be best to steer clear.
Bad: Vertical blinds
Though a wonderful option for living rooms, vertical blinds don’t tend to fair well with children, as the small chain mechanism between panels can be easily broken and twisted if played with.
Bad: Venetian blinds
Like vertical blinds, venetian blinds can be easily broken as the panels aren’t as durable as plantation shutters or roman plantation blinds. If pulled with force, a venetian blind may end up uneven on one side, or the slats can potentially break or warp. Venetian blinds are best left to areas in the household with less little foot traffic, such as the master bathroom or kitchen.
We hope we’ve given you some good ideas on playroom shutters, curtains and blinds for your child’s playroom. If you’d like to talk to a window covering specialist about decorating your child’s playroom, please get in touch with a member of our team on 1300 884 749 today. You can browse our range of blinds online or order custom made curtains Brisbane wide.