Which window treatments offer more privacy?

Curtis Orton

San Jose privacy shutters

Your house is your castle, and if you think like most homeowners, finding window treatments in San Jose that offer privacy and sound control to maintain your castle is a concern. Any window treatment is more effective than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even on hard to cover windows.

Providing Privacy on Specialty Windows

All of the large, standard windows in your home are simple to cover with just about any window treatment such as blinds, shades, or shutters in San Jose.

Half circle window shutter San Jose 

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

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

  • Entryway sidelights that are long and skinny on which window treatments can be knocked around when the door opens or shuts.

  • Irregular windows like arches, circular windows, bow windows, etc., where conventional rectangular blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without covering up the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that can be difficult to reach like 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 random noise outside and prevent neighbors from overhearing.


The Best Window Treatments for Privacy

The best window treatments for privacy that we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is what you want. To let light in and see outside, just give the louvers a tilt. For tall or high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle so light can come in but passersby can’t see in.

San Jose living room shutters 

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 water resistant, they’re an excellent choice 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 anyone being able to see in your home. Though they can’t be cut 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 offers a basic level of privacy, there are a few that might not get the job done. 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’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly when it’s dark out.

San Jose bathroom blinds

Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are aluminum or bulky blinds, which can bend and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t totally shut the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

Ready for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're looking for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a ring at 408-831-3373 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, one of our window treatment professionals will show you all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.