Which window treatments improve privacy?

Neil Blackwelder

Charlotte privacy shutters

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like most homeowners, getting Charlotte window treatments that give you privacy and sound control to maintain your sanctuary is important. Any window covering is more effective than a naked window. Yet there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, particularly on hard to cover windows.

Improving Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows

All of the large, rectangular windows you have are simple to cover with just about any window treatment including Charlotte shutters, drapes, or blinds|.

Half circle window shutter Charlotte 

But there might be some situations when you need a specific style of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These might be:

  • Bathroom windows where excess moisture might cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are tall and thin on which window treatments can be jostled around when you use the door.

  • Irregular windows like eyebrows, circles, bay windows, etc., where conventional rectangular blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.

  • Big windows that are hard to reach like second-story foyer windows.

In these instances, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to add privacy to your space.

As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.


The Window Treatments That Give You The Most 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 what you want. To let light in and see outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For tall or high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in.

Charlotte living room shutters 

Interior shutters are also great for specialty-shaped 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 easy to pull down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. While they can’t be cut 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 Protect Your Privacy

While any window covering offers a basic level 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 a light feeling to a room. Yet they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly at night.

Charlotte bathroom blinds

Another window covering we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap or heavy blinds, which can snap or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way due to breakage, then they’re not providing much privacy at all.

Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around for window treatments that protect your privacy, then drop us a line at 980-231-1116 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, one of our window treatment professionals will show you all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.