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Which Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?

April 30, 2018

Your house is your castle, and if you think like most homeowners, finding window treatments in Clearwater that offer privacy and noise control to maintain your sanctuary is a priority. Any window covering is preferable to a naked window. Yet there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, particularly on nontraditional windows.

Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows

All of the large, rectangular windows in your home are simple to cover with almost any window treatment such as Clearwater shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter Clearwater 

You might encounter some situations when you need a special type of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These might be:

  • Windows in the bathroom where water and humidity might damage fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are long and thin on which window treatments can be pushed around when the door opens or shuts.

  • Non-square windows such as arches, circles, bay windows, etc., where typical store-bought blinds and shades can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that are impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows.

In these instances, you need window treatments that go the distance to add privacy to your home.

As a plus, shop around for window treatments that offer good sound control to keep random noise outside and keep inside noise inside.

The Best Window Treatments for Privacy

The most privacy-friendly window treatment we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is what you want. To let light in and see outside, just give the louvers a tilt. For tall or high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in.

Clearwater living room shutters 

Interior shutters are also perfect for specialty-shaped windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re a natural fit for bathrooms.

Another privacy-friendly window treatment is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space above the window, but are easy to pull down to prevent any views from outside your home. While they can’t be custom-made to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes made from moisture-resistant material for areas like your bathrooms.

Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy

While any window covering gives you at least some privacy, there are a few that perform poorer than others. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a light feeling to a room. However they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, especially at night.

Clearwater bathroom blinds

Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way due to breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

Looking for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around for window treatments that protect your privacy, then give us a call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, one of our window treatment professionals will walk you through all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your home and your budget.