The Dos and Don'ts of Nursery Window Treatments

Samantha Hardin
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When it comes to having a baby, there are a lot of things you must consider. One that you might overlook but is important is the blinds you put in the nursery. While it might seem like you can just throw some blinds on the windows, this isn't the case. Read the guide below to learn about Dos and Don'ts when it comes to nursery window treatments.

Do Hire a Professional

While you can likely hang curtains on your own, it is important to bring in a professional to ensure you end up with the best curtains for your space. A professional can measure your window to make sure you get the right length curtains. They can also install safe window treatments to give your nursery the right amount of functionality, privacy, and light.

Don't Let Your Curtains Overwhelm the Window

You don't want to get curtains that won't allow you to actually view the outside through the window. Ensure that your curtains can be pulled back to allow you to see outside. You can accomplish this by getting curtain rods that extend past the window, allowing you to fully pull the curtains to the side.

Do Use Natural Light to Your Advantage

Many babies struggle with the proper day/night cycle when they are born. You can use natural light coming through the window to help your baby learn when it is daytime and time to be awake. A professional can help you find curtains that will allow the proper amount of light into the nursery.

Don't Forget to Consider Safety

When it comes to babies, safety is of the utmost importance. It can be easy to forget about safety concerns when picking curtains for your nursery. You will want to avoid long curtains that the baby can reach as they grow, as they can pull on them and potentially cause the curtains/rod to fall down. Also, avoid curtains with long cords, as they can potentially choke your baby.

Do Consider Using Roller Shades

Curtains can get pretty pricey, so roller shades can be a great option if you are looking to save money. One of the great benefits of roller shades is that they can be completely rolled up during the day to allow plenty of sunlight into the nursery. If roller shades are a bit plain for your taste, you can also attach a decorative fabric to the shades to add a bit of color.

Don't Ignore the Functionality of Window Treatments

Window Treatments/Coverings can do more than provide aesthetic value to your nursery. A proper window treatment can provide insulation and protection from harmful UV rays from the sun. Suppose you aren't sure exactly what you want your window coverings to accomplish. In that case, a professional can help guide you in the right direction.

Do Consider the Aesthetic of the Room

A great window covering can both be functional and stylish if you know what to look for. You can find designs that fit the style of your nursery while also being completely functional. You can choose a fun pattern that goes along with your decorating scheme to help bring your nursery aesthetic together. While also looking stylish, your window coverings can provide functionality like blocking the light while the baby sleeps and protecting the baby from UV rays.

Don't Wait Until the End to Find Blinds

While blinds might be the last thing on your mind when decorating your nursery, choosing your blinds first is a good idea. There are many paint colors out there and loads of color-matching technology, so it will be much easier to match a paint color to your blinds than vice versa. And who knows, finding your blinds might even give you an idea of a theme for your nursery.

Do Consider Layering Window Treatments

Who says you have to stick with one type of window treatment? You can create an interesting aesthetic by layering window treatments to create your own unique look. 

For example, you can combine blinds or shades with a valance or curtains. A valance will cover the top part of your window and is often used to cover up the hardware used for your window treatment. Layering window treatments can also allow you to decide how much light you want to allow into your nursery. A final bonus is that more window treatments mean the room is more insulated, which can be helpful if the nursery gets drafty. 

Reaching out to a professional is a good idea if you are considering this route because they can help guide you on the best way to layer window coverings.

Don't Use Tension Rods for Hardware

While tension rods can be great in some scenarios, they are best avoided in a nursery. Since they are not actually attached to anything, there is a chance they can fall down and hit the baby on the head. This is especially true if the baby can reach the curtains or cords and cause pressure on the tension rod. Instead, use hardware that attaches directly to the wall.

Do Keep the Nursery Cool

It is believed that overheating can be a contributing factor to SIDS, so it is imperative that you keep your nursery at an appropriate temperature. Installing heat-reflecting and UV-blocking window treatments can help keep the room cool. Another option is to buy UV-blocking film that can be applied right on the window glass.

Don't Go Overboard

While window treatments can be a great way to add style and functionality to a nursery, you don't want to go overboard with what you put in. If you put in a window treatment that is bulky or oversized, you can unintentionally cause your nursery to look smaller and dark. You want the room to appear bright and inviting, so avoid putting too much on the windows.

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