How To Choose Windows For A Kid’s Room
By: Architectural Visions
When you’re selecting windows for your children’s bedrooms, safety features should be your first consideration. Once you have the necessary safety elements in place, ensuring the windows are cohesive with your home’s architectural style and enhancing the curb appeal are the next steps. If you’re considering new windows for your children’s bedrooms, read on for more insights.
Key takeaways for choosing windows for a kid’s bedroom:
- When you’re selecting the type of windows to install in your child’s bedroom, certain windows are more secure than others, such as a casement or fixed window.
- No matter the type of window you install in your child’s bedroom, there are certain upgrades you can make to increase the window’s safety, such as shatter-resistant windows, tempered glass windows and window locks.
- No matter how secure the windows are, keeping safety in mind as you set up your child’s room, such as keeping furniture away from windows, keeping children away from the screens and installing cord-free window treatments is essential.
Types of windows
When you’re selecting the type of windows to install in your child’s bedroom, specific windows are more secure than others. Below are several of the safest types of windows that can provide an extra security element.
A casement window is one of the most secure types of windows. It has a single pane of glass with hinges on one side and a crank that opens the window. When the window is open, the space is narrow, making it difficult for a child to exit the window.
Double-hung windows are a classic shape found in many homes. Double-hung windows typically have two panes hanging on top of each other. Both of these panes can move up and down. Double-hung windows lock from the inside, and are nearly impossible to open from the exterior, preventing anyone from entering from the outside. Double-hung windows also come with a safety lock, so the window will only crack open an inch or so.
To eliminate any room for error and help prevent falls or accidents, installing a fixed window will ensure the window doesn’t open. Fixed windows, such as a picture window, are a type of window that don’t open or close, as the glass pane is within the window frame. To allow for airflow, install casement windows on either side of the fixed window.
Window safety upgrades
No matter the type of window you install in your child’s bedroom, there are certain upgrades you can make to increase the window’s safety. These additional precautions can provide further peace of mind. The options below explain how to guarantee your window’s safety further. In addition, below are several safety upgrades you can add to your windows to enhance their security.
Replacing the window glass, also known as window glazing, with shatter-resistant windows makes windows harder to break. This reinforced glass will help prevent the window from being smashed in from the outside, or broken by accident on the inside. This type of window is mounted with a heavy frame and firmly anchored within the frame.
Tempered glass windows
Tempered glass is roughly five times stronger than standard glass. While it’s not shatter-proof, if a tempered glass window does shatter, it will break into small pieces to lessen the potential injuries to anyone nearby.
Ensuring the windows in your children’s bedrooms have the standard window latch and a safety lock will help prevent little fingers from lifting the window open and keep the window secure from the outside.
Child window guards
It’s essential to install child window guards from the inside, so you can still open the window in case you need to exit the window in an emergency. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that child window guards should also prevent the window from opening more than four inches.
Safety tips for children around windows
No matter how secure the windows are, keeping safety in mind as you set up your child’s room is essential. Below are some safety tips to keep in mind for a child’s bedroom:
Keep furniture away from the window
Keeping furniture, stools, toys, or any other items that a child can stand on to open the window away from the window will help prevent them from climbing up to gain easy window access.
Don’t rely on screens
Window screens do little to protect a child from falling out a window. Kids often have a false sense of security and lean their heads and bodies against the screens. Avoid relying on screens to prevent any potential falls.
Remove cords on window treatments
When selecting blinds or curtains for your window treatments, avoid options that have cords and strings, as there is the risk of getting stuck or strangled. Cords-free window treatment options are best for children’s bedrooms.
AVI Windows & Doors
Turn to a professional to help you install windows in your children’s bedrooms by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop for all types of windows, with in-person and online service options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or come by one of our Southeast locations and let us help you!