Which window treatments give you the most privacy?

Richard Rampton

Chicago privacy shutters

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, getting Chicago window treatments that give you privacy and sound control to maintain your sanctuary is important to you. Any window treatment is more effective than a bare window. However there are some window treatments that give you more privacy than others, even on nontraditional windows.

Providing Privacy on Hard to Cover Windows

All of the large, standard windows in your home are simple to cover with nearly any window treatment like Chicago shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter Chicago 

You might encounter some situations when you need a specific type of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These might be:

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

  • Sidelight windows that are long and skinny on which window treatments can be jostled around when the door opens or shuts.

  • Specialty-shape windows such as eyebrows, round windows, bay windows, etc., where typical store-bought blinds and curtains can’t cover your window without hiding the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that are difficult to reach like second-story foyer windows.

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

As a plus, shop around for window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and keep inside noise inside.


The Best Window Treatments for Privacy

The best window treatments for privacy that we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to be shut completely, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is what you want. If you want 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.

Chicago living room shutters 

Indoor shutters are also great 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 great window treatment for privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space above the window, but are easily pulled down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. While they can’t be custom-fit to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes made from moisture-resistant material for areas like your bathrooms.

Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy

While any window covering offers a basic level of 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 an airy feeling to a room. However they’re easy to see through, especially when it’s dark out.

Chicago bathroom blinds

Another product that isn’t great for privacy are aluminum or bulky blinds, which can break and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds because of breakage, then they’re not helping keeping your home private.

Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're on the hunt for window treatments that protect your privacy, then give us a call at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our install team will explain all of your options to find the perfect window treatment for your home and your budget.