What type of Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?

Holly Perron

Philadelphia privacy shutters

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 important to you. Any window treatment is more effective than an uncovered window. Yet there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even 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 like Philadelphia shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter Philadelphia 

But there might be some situations when you need a special type of window treatment to provide adequate privacy and light control. These might be:

  • Bathroom windows where excess moisture can ruin 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, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

  • Big windows that can be impossible 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 space.

As a bonus, find window treatments that offer good sound control to keep outside 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 total privacy and light control is your goal. When you want to let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For taller windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in.

Philadelphia living room shutters 

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 waterproof, 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-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 Help With 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 a 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.

Ready for 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 set up a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our install team will show you all of your options to find the best fit for your style and your budget.