Prepping a baby's nursery is a labor of love and joy. It’s also one that comes with careful consideration. That’s because it’s not just about color choice, furniture options and a cute theme—it’s also about safety, noise-proofing and comfort.
It’s safe to say that not all window treatments are created equal. Here are some things to consider when choosing shades or curtains for your baby’s room:
- Safety: Choosing window treatments without cords and ties is important to a child’s safety, as cords and ties pose a strangulation hazard.
- Functionality: Every parent knows one of the biggest challenges with small children is sleep. The right window treatments help keep the light out to keep the snoozes coming.
- Style: Today’s nurseries aren’t just functional places for baby to sleep—they’re a stylish extension of your home’s décor. Window treatments have just as much variety as wall color and baby furniture, so you can easily match form and function.
Let’s take the guesswork out of choosing first-rate window treatments for your nursery. Here’s the criteria worth keeping in mind when it comes time to shop.
Completely cord-free shades are one of the safer choices for a baby’s room. Here are three popular options.
- Cordless cellular shades deliver year-round insulation and privacy and come in several light-filtering and blackout opacities.
- Roman shades without accessible cords add a softened look to windows. They come in many colors and fabrics, and their light-blocking capabilities are a bonus for day-sleeping little ones.
- Roller shades add a touch of elegance and an uncluttered appearance to nurseries. This budget-friendly, cordless option comes in fabrics that help control glare and heat penetration. And solar roller shades allow light to move into a room while still blocking UV rays that otherwise could damage furniture and fabrics.
Drapes allow you to bring a timeless look and feel to a baby's nursery, while adding a soft and warm accent to the room. They are available in a wide range of sizes and are easy to install. You can also choose from many drape color options, making it easy to find window treatments to match any nursery's theme or color scheme.
Let's not forget about the energy-saving benefits associated with drapes, which can also translate to a more comfortable room for baby. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) notes that several studies have shown that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gains by approximately 33 percent. Furthermore, the DOE points out draperies frequently stay cooler than other window treatments in summer and can lower heat loss in a warm room by 10 percent.
Drapes with blackout liners can cast a room in near-complete darkness, a great option for daytime naps. Just make sure to avoid tripping hazards by measuring drape length correctly and not allowing them to pool on the floor.
3. Faux Wood Shutters
Faux wood shutters deliver a practical and eye-catching alternative to many traditional window treatments. They can be fine-tuned to allow light to enter a nursery even when the shutters are closed. Another bonus is that they require minimal maintenance, guaranteeing that they will maintain their quality and appearance for an extended period of time.
As you choose the crib, bedding, wall coverings and lighting, remember that window treatments are an important factor to consider in your baby’s new room. Enhance the room’s style and comfort with the right window treatments, and make the nursery a haven for the newest, most treasured member of the family.
Katie Laird is the director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com and a frequent public speaker on social media marketing, social customer care and profitable company culture. An active blogger and early social technology adopter, you can find her online as “happykatie” sharing home décor, yoga, parenting and vegetarian cooking tips. To learn more about the variety of shades and other window treatments like those highlighted in this article, visit the Blinds.com website.