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What type of Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?

April 30, 2018

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 castle is a priority. Any window covering is preferable to a bare window. Yet there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, particularly on nontraditional windows.

Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows

Most large, square windows in your home are simple to cover with nearly any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Austin.

Half circle window shutter Austin 

However, there are some situations when you need a special style of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These could be:

  • Bathroom windows where water and humidity might damage fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are long and skinny where window treatments can be pushed around by the door’s movement.

  • Irregular windows such as transoms, circles, bow windows, etc., where normal rectangular blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without covering up the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that are difficult to reach like second-story foyer windows.

In these cases, you want window treatments that go above and beyond to add privacy to your house.

As a plus, shop around for window treatments that can block sound to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.

The Window Treatments That Give You The Most 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.

Austin living room shutters 

Interior 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 anyone being able to see in 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 a few 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.

Austin bathroom blinds

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.

Ready for Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around 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 show you all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your style and your budget.