Which Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?04/30/2018Nate Gromen 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 a concern. Any window treatment is better than a bare window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even on specialty windows. Improving Privacy on Windows That Are Hard to Cover All of the large, rectangular windows in your house are a snap to cover with almost any window treatment like blinds, shades, or shutters in Cleveland. However, there are 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. Sidelight windows that are long and thin on which window treatments can be jostled around when you use the door. Irregular windows such as eyebrows, circular windows, bow windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape. Large windows that are impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows. In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go the extra mile to add privacy to your house. As a plus, look for window treatments that offer good sound control to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing. The Best Window Treatments for 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. When 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. 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 water resistant, they’re perfect 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 aren’t as great as those we’ve mentioned. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a light feeling to a room. However they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, especially at night. Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap 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. Ready for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy? If you're shopping around for window treatments to make your home more private, then drop us a line at 440-561-6787 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, our install team will explain all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.