Which window treatments offer more privacy?

Kimball Jones

Southern California privacy shutters

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like most homeowners, getting Southern California window treatments that give you privacy and sound blocking to maintain your sanctuary is a priority. Any window treatment is more effective than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, particularly on hard to cover windows.

Providing Privacy on Windows That Are Hard to Cover

Most large, square windows in your home are simple to cover with almost any window treatment including Southern California shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter Southern California 

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

  • Bathroom windows where water and humidity might cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are long and thin where window treatments can be knocked around by the door’s movement.

  • Irregular windows such as eyebrows, round windows, bow windows, etc., where typical store-bought blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without covering up the window’s unique shape.

  • Big windows that can be impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows.

In these cases, you need window treatments that go the distance to provide privacy to your home.

As a plus, find window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise 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 be shut completely, for when total privacy and sound control is what you need. When you want to let light in and see outside, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle to let light in while still maintaining privacy.

Southern California 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 perfect for bathrooms.

Another great window treatment for privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal 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 moisture-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 a few that aren’t as great as those we’ve mentioned. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a an airy feeling to a room. But they don’t offer the level of privacy of other window treatments, especially when it’s dark out.

Southern California bathroom blinds

Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t totally close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re useless for privacy.

Ready for Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're looking for window treatments that protect your privacy, then give us a ring at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, one of our window treatment professionals will show you all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your home and your budget.