What type of Window Treatments Help With Privacy the Most?04/30/2018Eric Ramsey Your house is your castle, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, finding Tampa window treatments that add privacy and sound control to maintain your castle is important to you. Any window treatment is preferable to a bare window. Yet there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, especially on nontraditional windows. Improving Privacy on Non-Square Windows Most large, rectangular windows in your home are a snap to cover with almost any window treatment including Tampa shutters, drapes, or blinds|. You might encounter some situations when you need a particular kind of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These could be: Bathroom windows where excess moisture might ruin fabric window treatments. Sidelight windows that are long and thin where window treatments can be knocked around when you use the door. Irregular windows such as arches, circular windows, bay windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and shades can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape. Large windows that can be difficult to reach such as second-story foyer windows. In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go the extra mile to add privacy to your space. As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and keep inside noise inside. The Top Window Coverings for Privacy The 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 outdoors, just give the louvers a tilt. For high windows, you should keep the louvers tilted at an angle so light can enter but passersby can’t see in. Plantation shutters are also perfect for non-rectangular windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are moisture resistant, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms. Another window treatment that helps with privacy 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. Though they can’t be custom-fit 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 Protect Your Privacy While any window covering gives you at least some privacy, there are two that might not get the job done. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a breezy feeling to a room. Yet they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly when it’s dark out. Another product we don’t recommend for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can break or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not doing you any favors for privacy. Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy? If you're shopping around for window treatments that protect your privacy, then give us a call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, our shutter experts will explain all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.