I recently gave birth to my first baby (a sweet boy!), and had a lot of fun putting together his nursery. I’ve always loved decorating, but since nurseries are new territory for me, I made sure to do my research before getting started. Today, I’ve rounded up what I learned about choosing window treatments that are safe for a nursery, along with some additional tips for style.
1. Add safety measures to the windows. First and foremost, before you even start on window treatments, make sure the windows are kid-proofed. Add window guards to prevent falls, and window stops to keep them from opening more than a few inches. Don’t depend on the screen to keep your baby from falling out.
2. Don’t place the crib under a window. Any furniture placed under the window can be dangerous as your child gets older and starts to climb. It’s especially important to keep the crib away, to prevent your baby from overheating or getting too cold. It may also save him from being hurt if something breaks through the window like a tree or a rock.
3. Avoid hanging cords. When it comes to the type of window treatment, the most important thing is to avoid hanging, looped cords. They are a serious strangulation hazard for babies and young children, and are not safe for nurseries. Instead, choose cordless blinds and shades.
4. Skip floor-length drapes. Drapes are pretty, but once your baby starts standing, he will grab them if they’re within reach. This poses a safety hazard, as the drapes and hardware could fall on top of him. Besides, those pretty drapes are likely to get ruined by dirty hands, markers, food-covered faces, and more as your baby gets a little older.
5. Make sure your window treatments are properly installed. When installing window treatments in a nursery, take extra care to make sure they are safe and secure. Curtain rods that are stretched too far become unstable and are more likely to collapse. Tension rods are also more likely to fall, since they are not screwed into the wall. All hardware should be attached to a wall stud or secured with dry wall anchors.
6. Opt out of embellishments that could become a choking hazard. Beaded embellishments, tassels, and decorative cording can be pulled loose and may pose a choking hazard. If you’re looking for extra detail, go with embroidery instead.
7. Consider getting blackout shades. Besides safety, the most important thing is making the room comfortable for your little one to rest. Blackout shades keep the room darker, even in the middle of the day for napping. Plus, they prevent 99% of all UV rays and help regulate the temperature of the room so it doesn’t get too hot.
8. Decide if you need something gender-neutral. If you’re planning to use the same room as a nursery for future kids, you may want to choose gender-neutral window treatments so you don’t have to switch them in just a few years. Gender-neutral doesn’t have to mean boring.
9. Consider playful patterns and colors. The nursery is a great place to try out a fun pattern or bold color that you might not use in other rooms of the house. Look for something that meshes well with the overall theme and color palette of the room.
10. But don’t choose anything too infantile. On the other hand, you might want to look for something you can use for many years to come. Simple patterns like stripes or plaid may have a longer shelf life than hand prints or teddy bears. We opted for a solid gray, cordless Roman shade.
Hope these tips help you feel confident in selecting window treatments that will make your nursery beautiful, comfortable, and, above all—safe!
Safety is always in style. That’s why we recommend cordless blinds and shades for ease and safety, and participate in the Best For Kids program. For more information about window treatment safety, please visit baliblinds.com.