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What type of Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?

April 30, 2018

Your house is your castle, and if you’re like most homeowners, getting window treatments in Philadelphia that add privacy and noise control to maintain your sanctuary is a concern. Any window treatment is preferable to an uncovered window. Yet there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, particularly on specialty windows.

Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows

All of the large, standard windows you have are easy to cover with just about any window treatment including Philadelphia shutters, drapes, or blinds|.

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However, there are some situations when you need a special type of window treatment to provide adequate privacy and light control. These could be:

  • Bathroom windows where excess moisture can damage fabric window treatments.

  • Entryway sidelights that are long and thin where window treatments can be knocked around by the door’s movement.

  • Specialty-shape windows such as arches, round windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.

  • Big windows that can be difficult to reach such as second-story foyer windows.

In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to provide privacy to your house.

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

The Top Window Coverings for Privacy

The window treatments we recommend most for privacy are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is your goal. To let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For taller windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle to let light in while still maintaining privacy.

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Plantation shutters are also great for specialty-shaped 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 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. Though they can’t be custom-fit 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 Protect Your Privacy

While any window covering gives you at least some privacy, there are two that perform poorer than others. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains used to be popular a while back and can add an airy feeling to a room. Yet they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly when it’s dark out.

Philadelphia bathroom blinds

Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are cheap or heavy blinds, which can snap or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t totally close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not doing you any favors for privacy.

Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're looking for window treatments that protect your privacy, then drop us a line at 215-874-4897 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our shutter experts will explain all of your options to find the best fit for your style and your budget.