Which window treatments help with privacy?

Cory Cryer

Houston privacy shutters

Your house is your castle, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, finding window treatments in Houston that offer privacy and noise control to maintain your castle is a top consideration. Any window treatment is better than a naked window. Yet there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, especially on nontraditional windows.

Providing Privacy on Windows That Are Hard to Cover

Most large, square windows you have are a snap to cover with almost any window treatment like blinds, shades, or shutters in Houston.

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You might encounter some situations when you need a particular style of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These might be:

  • Bathroom windows where water and humidity might cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Entryway sidelights that are tall and skinny where window treatments can be jostled around when you use the door.

  • Specialty-shape windows such as eyebrows, round windows, bow windows, etc., where conventional store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

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

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

As a bonus, find window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and keep inside noise inside.


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 blocking all the light and sound you can is what you need. When you want to let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For taller windows, you can always position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still keeping your privacy.

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Interior shutters are also great for specialty-shaped windows because they can be customized to fit any shape or size. And since Polywood shutters are moisture resistant, they’re perfect for bathrooms.

Another window treatment that helps with privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space above the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent any views from outside your home. Though they can’t be custom-made 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 Help With Privacy

While any window covering gives you at least some privacy, there are a few that might not get the job done. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a breezy feeling to a room. However they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, especially when it’s dark out.

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Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can break and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not providing much privacy at all.

Looking for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're looking for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a ring at 713-853-9629 or complete 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.