What type of Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?04/30/2018Tyler Jorgensen Your home is your sanctuary, and if you’re like most homeowners, finding window treatments in Austin that offer privacy and sound control to maintain your sanctuary is a priority. Any window covering is preferable to a naked window. Yet there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even on nontraditional windows. Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows Most large, rectangular windows in your home are a snap to cover with just about any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Austin. However, there are some situations when you need a special kind of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These could be: Bathroom windows where water and humidity may damage fabric window treatments. Sidelight windows that are long and skinny where window treatments can be pushed around when the door opens or shuts. Irregular windows such as transoms, circles, bow windows, etc., where typical rectangular blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without covering up the window’s unique shape. Large windows that are impossible to reach like second-story foyer windows. In these cases, you want window treatments that go above and beyond to add privacy to your space. As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing. The Best Window Treatments for Privacy The most privacy-friendly window treatment we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to be shut completely, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is what you need. To let light in and see outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still maintaining privacy. Indoor shutters are also perfect for specialty-shaped windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are water resistant, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms. Another privacy-friendly window treatment is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal 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 cut to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes in water resistant material for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom. Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy While any window treatment adds a minimum amount of 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 a breezy feeling to a room. But they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, especially at night. Another product that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or bulky blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way because of breakage, then they’re not doing you any favors for privacy. Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy? If you're on the hunt for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a ring at 512-549-6077 or fill out 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 perfect window treatment for your style and your budget.