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Which Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?

April 30, 2018

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, getting window treatments in Virginia Beach that offer privacy and noise control to maintain your castle is a top consideration. Any window covering is more effective than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, even on specialty windows.

Improving Privacy on Non-Square Windows

Most large, square windows you have are simple to cover with just about any window treatment such as Virginia Beach shutters, drapes, or blinds|.

Half circle window shutter Virginia Beach 

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

  • Windows in the bathroom where excess moisture can cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are tall and skinny where window treatments can be pushed around when you use the door.

  • Non-square windows like transoms, circles, bow windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

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

In these instances, you’ll need window treatments that go the extra mile to provide privacy to your home.

As a bonus, shop around for window treatments that can block sound to keep noises outside and keep inside noise inside.

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 fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is what you need. When you want to let light in and see outdoors, just tilt the louvers. For high windows, you can always position the louvers at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in.

Virginia Beach living room shutters 

Plantation shutters are also perfect for specialty-shaped windows because they can be customized to fit any shape or size. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re a natural fit for bathrooms.

Another great window treatment for privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal space above 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 made from moisture-resistant material for areas like your bathrooms.

Window Treatments that Don’t Protect Your Privacy

While any window treatment offers a basic level of privacy, there are two that aren’t as great as those we’ve mentioned. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a breezy feeling to a room. Yet they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, especially at night.

Virginia Beach bathroom blinds

Another window treatment we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap or heavy blinds, which can bend and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way due to breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're on the hunt for window treatments to make your home more private, then drop us a line at 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, our install team will walk you through all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.