What window treatments improve privacy?

Tyler Jorgensen

San Antonio privacy shutters

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, getting window treatments in San Antonio that give you privacy and sound control to maintain your sanctuary is a concern. Any window covering is better than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, particularly on specialty windows.

Improving Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows

Most large, square windows in your home are a snap to cover with nearly any window treatment like San Antonio shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter San Antonio 

But there might be some situations when you need a special kind of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These could be:

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

  • Sidelight windows that are long and thin where window treatments can be jostled around when you use the door.

  • Irregular windows like transoms, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that can be difficult to reach like second-story foyer windows.

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

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


The Best Window Treatments for Privacy

The window treatments we recommend most for privacy are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when complete privacy and sound control is what you need. If you want to let light in and see outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can come in but passersby can’t see in.

San Antonio living room shutters 

Indoor shutters are also perfect for non-rectangular windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms.

Another window treatment that helps with privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal space above 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 such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Window Treatments that Don’t Help With Privacy

While any window treatment adds a minimum amount of privacy, there are two that aren’t as great as those we’ve mentioned. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains used to be popular a while back and can add a an airy feeling to a room. Yet they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, particularly when it’s dark out.

San Antonio bathroom blinds

Another window treatment we don’t recommend for privacy are aluminum or heavy blinds, which can snap or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t completely shut the blinds because of breakage, then they’re useless for privacy.

Looking for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're on the hunt for window treatments to maximize your privacy, then give us a call at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, 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.