Which window treatments improve privacy?04/30/2018Greg Arnett Your house is your castle, and if you’re like the majority of homeowners, finding Phoenix window treatments that add privacy and sound blocking to maintain your castle is a priority. Any window covering is preferable to a bare window. Yet there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, even on specialty windows.Improving Privacy on Specialty WindowsAll of the large, square windows in your house are simple to cover with almost any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Phoenix. But there might be some situations when you need a specific style of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These could be:Bathroom windows where excess moisture can cause problems for fabric window treatments.Entryway sidelights that are tall and skinny where window treatments can be knocked around by the door’s movement.Non-square windows such as transoms, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where conventional rectangular blinds and shades can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.Large windows that can be hard to reach like second-story foyer windows.In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to provide privacy to your space.As a plus, find window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.The Top Window Coverings for PrivacyThe best window treatments for privacy that we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when complete privacy and sound control is your goal. To let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For tall or high windows, you can always position the louvers at an angle so light can come in but passersby can’t see in. Interior shutters are also perfect for specialty-shaped windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, 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 easy to pull down to prevent any views from outside your home. While they can’t be custom-made 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 Make the Cut for PrivacyWhile any window covering adds a minimum amount of privacy, there are a few that perform poorer than others. 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, particularly when it’s dark out.Another window treatment that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or bulky blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way because of 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 drop us a line at 480-485-7743 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our install team will show you all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your home and your budget.