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Which Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?

April 30, 2018

Your house is your castle, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, finding window treatments in Cleveland that give you privacy and noise blocking to maintain your castle is important to you. Any window treatment is better than a naked window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even on nontraditional windows.

Improving Privacy on Windows That Are Hard to Cover

All of the large, rectangular windows in your house are simple to cover with almost any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Cleveland.

Half circle window shutter Cleveland 

But there might be some situations when you need a particular type of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These include:

  • Bathroom windows where water and humidity can cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Entryway sidelights that are long and thin on which window treatments can be knocked around when you use the door.

  • Non-square windows such as eyebrows, round windows, bow windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

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

In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go above and beyond to add privacy to your space.

As a plus, find window treatments that offer good sound control to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.

The Window Treatments That Give You The Most Privacy

The window treatments we recommend most for privacy are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to be shut completely, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is your goal. If you want to let light in and see outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in.

Cleveland living room shutters 

Indoor shutters are also great for non-rectangular windows because they can be customized to fit any shape or size. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms.

Another window treatment that helps with privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space at the top of the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. Though they can’t be custom-fit to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes in water resistant material for areas like your bathrooms.

Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy

While any window covering adds a minimum amount of privacy, there are two that might not get the job done. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a light feeling to a room. However they’re easy to see through, especially at night.

Cleveland bathroom blinds

Another window covering we don’t recommend for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds because of breakage, then they’re not providing much privacy at all.

Want Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're on the hunt for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a ring at 440-561-6787 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, our shutter experts will explain all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.