Which Window Treatments Are the Most Privacy Friendly?04/30/2018Spencer Madsen Your house is your castle, and if you think like most homeowners, finding Boise window treatments that add privacy and noise control to maintain your castle is important. Any window treatment is more effective than a naked window. However there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, particularly on specialty windows. Providing Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows All of the large, square windows you have are simple to cover with almost any window treatment such as blinds, shades, or shutters in Boise. You might encounter some situations when you need a specific style of window treatment to provide adequate privacy and light control. These could be: Windows in the bathroom where excess moisture may ruin fabric window treatments. Entryway sidelights that are tall and thin where window treatments can be knocked around when the door opens or shuts. Non-square windows like arches, circles, bay windows, etc., where normal rectangular blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape. Big windows that are impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows. In these instances, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to add privacy to your house. As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep outside noises outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing. The Window Treatments That Give You The Most Privacy The most privacy-friendly window treatment we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when total privacy and light control is your goal. When you want to let light in and see outside, just give the louvers a tilt. For taller windows, you can always position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still keeping your privacy. Interior shutters are also great for non-rectangular windows because they can be customized to fit any shape or size. And since Polywood shutters are waterproof, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms. Another great window treatment for privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal space at the top of the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. Though they can’t be cut 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 treatment gives you at least some privacy, there are two that perform poorer than others. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains used to be popular a while back and can add a a breezy feeling to a room. Yet they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, particularly when it’s dark out. Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are cheap or heavy blinds, which can bend and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t close the blinds all the way because of breakage, then they’re not doing you any favors for privacy. Want Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy? If you're shopping around for window treatments to maintain your privacy, then drop us a line at 208-609-9129 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our shutter experts will show you all of your options to find the best fit for your style and your budget.