Which window treatments offer the most privacy?

Nate Gromen

Cleveland privacy shutters

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.

Half circle window shutter 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.

  • Entryway sidelights 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.

  • Big 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, find 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. 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 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.

Cleveland bathroom blinds

Another product 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.

Ready for Window Treatments that Maintain 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.