What type of Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?04/30/2018Mike Horn Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, getting New Brunswick window treatments that offer privacy and noise blocking to maintain your sanctuary is important. Any window treatment is better than a bare window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, particularly on specialty windows. Providing Privacy on Non-Square Windows Most large, standard windows you have are easy to cover with just about any window treatment like blinds, shades, or shutters in New Brunswick. However, there are some situations when you need a specific style of window treatment to provide adequate privacy and light control. These might be: Bathroom windows where excess moisture may cause problems for fabric window treatments. Sidelight windows that are tall and skinny on which window treatments can be jostled around by the door’s movement. Specialty-shape windows such as arches, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and shades can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape. Large windows that can be impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows. In these instances, you want window treatments that go the distance to provide privacy to your home. As a bonus, shop around 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 your goal. If you want to let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For high windows, you can always position the louvers at an angle so light can come in but passersby can’t see in. Indoor shutters are also great for specialty-shaped windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re perfect for bathrooms. Another window treatment that helps with privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal 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 made from water resistant material for areas like your bathrooms. 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 used to be popular a while back and can add a a breezy feeling to a room. Yet they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, particularly at night. Another product that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can break or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t totally shut the blinds because of breakage, then they’re useless for privacy. Want Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy? If you're looking for window treatments to maximize your privacy, then give us a ring at 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our shutter experts will walk you through all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.