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Which Window Treatments Help With Privacy the Most?

April 30, 2018

Your house is your castle, and if you think like most homeowners, finding window treatments in Minneapolis that give you privacy and noise control to maintain your castle is important. Any window covering is better than a naked window. However there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, especially on hard to cover windows.

Providing Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows

Most large, rectangular windows in your house are a snap to cover with almost any window treatment including Minneapolis shutters, drapes, or blinds|.

Half circle window shutter Minneapolis 

But there might be some situations when you need a specific type of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These include:

  • Bathroom windows where water and humidity can ruin fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are long and thin where window treatments can be jostled around when the door opens or shuts.

  • Specialty-shape windows such as transoms, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and shades can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

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

In these instances, you’ll need window treatments that go above and beyond to add privacy to your home.

As a bonus, look for window treatments that offer good sound control to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.

The Top Window Coverings for 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 need. To let light in and see outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still protecting your privacy.

Minneapolis living room shutters 

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

Another privacy-friendly window treatment is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space above the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent anyone being able to see in your home. While they can’t be custom-fit to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes in moisture-resistant material for areas like your bathrooms.

Window Treatments that Don’t Protect Your 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 an airy feeling to a room. But they’re easy to see through, especially at night.

Minneapolis bathroom blinds

Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can break and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way because of breakage, then they’re useless for privacy.

Want Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around for window treatments to make your home more private, then drop us a line at 952-856-8130 or complete the form below to schedule 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 best fit for your home and your budget.