- Consider the age of your child. Although fabric curtains are attractive and fun to hide behind, some will pull down easily if you have an active toddler and generally are more appropriate for the room of an older child or teen.
- Consider how much light you want in your child’s room. You can control the light level in a kid’s room by adjusting the blinds. For an infant or napping toddler, choose blinds that completely block out light to help achieve adequate sleep. For a teen concerned about privacy, use blinds or lined curtains.
- Consider whether blinds or curtains are easier to use. Blinds generally are easy to clean with a damp cloth. Curtains must be taken down, washed, and pressed and draperies must be professionally cleaned.
- Consider the safety and health issues associated with blinds and curtains.Blinds work well for children with allergies, as they resist the buildup of dust mites and pet dander. Additionally, blinds can be a safer alternative. Small children might pull down curtains or become entangled in them. Choose blinds that use rods instead of cords for opening and closing if you have small children.
You are not limited if you go with blinds. Blinds come in a wide variety of colours and styles. Choose slats that are narrow or wide. If you wish, add a colourful swag or valance at the top that coordinates with your room colour.
Many parents prefer the look of curtains in their child’s’ rooms. If you do choose to use fabric window coverings, avoid heavy drapes and opt for a cotton blend, which is easier to wash and re-hang.
One reason for choosing fabric window coverings for your child’s room is to have them match themed bedding
. If your child is old enough to participate in the selection, elicit his or her help to insure everyone is satisfied with the choice. Teenagers can be especially picky, so including them in the decision is an excellent idea.
If you simply cannot decide which is best, blinds or curtains, try using both. Doing so provides privacy and gives you design options you will not have with blinds alone. Look on-line for window treatments using both to get some ideas of effective ways to create unique window looks.