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Which Window Treatments Help With Privacy the Most?

April 30, 2018

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, getting Seattle window treatments that give you privacy and noise blocking to maintain your castle is a concern. Any window covering is preferable to a bare window. Yet there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, even on nontraditional windows.

Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows

All of the large, standard windows in your house are easy to cover with almost any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Seattle.

Half circle window shutter Seattle 

However, there are some situations when you need a particular kind of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These could be:

  • Windows in the bathroom where excess moisture may ruin fabric window treatments.

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

  • Specialty-shape windows such as eyebrows, circular windows, bow windows, etc., where normal rectangular blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.

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

In these instances, you’ll need window treatments that go above and beyond to add privacy to your home.

As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise 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 be shut completely, for when total privacy and sound control is what you need. To let light in and see outdoors, just tilt the louvers. For high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle to let light in while still keeping your privacy.

Seattle living room shutters 

Interior shutters are also perfect for non-rectangular windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. 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 at the top of the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. While they can’t be custom-fit to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes in moisture-resistant material for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy

While any window covering adds a minimum amount of privacy, there are a few that perform poorer than others. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a breezy feeling to a room. But they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly at night.

Seattle bathroom blinds

Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can break and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

Ready for Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around for window treatments that protect your privacy, then give us a call at 360-464-2277 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, our install team will show you all of your options to find the best fit for your style and your budget.