Which Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?

Kasey Udy

St. George privacy shutters

Your house is your castle, and if you’re like most homeowners, getting St. George window treatments that add privacy and sound blocking to maintain your sanctuary is important. Any window covering is better than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, even on specialty windows.

Providing Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows

All of the large, rectangular windows in your house are easy to cover with almost any window treatment such as St. George shutters, drapes, or blinds|.

Half circle window shutter St. George 

However, there are some situations when you need a specific kind of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These might be:

  • Windows in the bathroom where excess moisture can damage fabric window treatments.

  • Entryway sidelights that are long and thin on which window treatments can be pushed around by the door’s movement.

  • Specialty-shape windows like transoms, round windows, bow windows, etc., where conventional rectangular blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of 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 above and beyond to provide privacy to your space.

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

The Best Window Treatments for Privacy

The best window treatments for privacy that we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to be shut completely, for when total privacy and light control is what you need. If you want to let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still keeping your privacy.

St. George 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 great window treatment for privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space above the window, but are easy to pull down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. Though they can’t be custom-made 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 Help With Privacy

While any window covering adds a minimum amount of privacy, there are two that might not get the job done. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains used to be popular a while back and can add a a light feeling to a room. But they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly when it’s dark out.

St. George bathroom blinds

Another window treatment that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t totally shut the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

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 call at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, one of our window treatment professionals will walk you through all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your style and your budget.