Most people appreciate their privacy, especially within their own homes. In order to maintain your privacy in your home, consider these options for window coverings. Here are our recommendations for the best five window privacy ideas.


Curtains are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to cover your windows. With so many colors, fabrics, and thicknesses to choose from, curtains are easily customized to your unique space. If you are looking for a window covering option that can be changed out seasonally, curtains are a great choice

The benefit of curtains is an easy installation and simple maintenance. A traditional curtain rod can be screwed into the wall above a window to hang the curtains from. Tension rods are also available if you are looking to hang a light-weight curtain without causing and damage from screws or nails. If the fabric of your curtains is machine washable, you can simply take the curtain off the rod and put it in the washing machine to remove dust and lint. 

When you are home and you want privacy, you can pull the curtains together to block outsiders’ views into your home. If you want to see out the window or allow in natural light, curtains can be pulled back and secured with decorative ties.


Blinds are a common option for window privacy. With so many styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, blinds can enhance any space.

Some of the most common styles of blinds are Venetian blinds, mini blinds, and vertical blinds. Blinds are a good choice if you want to be able to decide how much light you want to be let inside of your windows. Blinds can be pulled up or over all the way to fully expose the window. The slats can also be tilted to allow in some light or completely closed.

Unlike curtains, blinds are permanently installed. Blinds need to be dusted frequently to avoid the buildup of particles.


Shades are a soft window treatment made from fabric that can be retracted and released vertically. This is a good option for people who want both privacy and light-blocking qualities from their window coverings.

The most popular styles are pleated, roller, Roman, and cellular shades. Unlike blinds, shades do not have individual slats, so you cannot change the level of light that comes through your windows. However, when you select your shades, you can choose the opacity of the fabric. 

Cellular shades have an added benefit of providing increased energy efficiency along with privacy. The honeycomb-shaped air pockets of cellular shades provide more insulation than other fabric or wood window treatments. 

Privacy Film

Privacy film for windows is a simple and cost-effective way to protect your privacy. You can have privacy film professionally installed, or you can opt to go DIY for this window privacy idea.

Privacy film can be stuck to your windows to filter light that comes in and out of your windows. The film will distort what outsiders can see from your windows while allowing most sunlight to still come in through your windows. 

Many privacy films have a decorative design that can enhance your space. A downside to privacy film is that you will not be able to see clearly out of your window. If you are not worried about sacrificing a view, privacy film is a great option. Privacy film is also easy to remove if you change your mind.

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass windows are the most permanent of the window privacy options we are sharing with you. These windows come with glass that distorts the view inside and out of your windows. The texture of the glass allows some light to come in while providing you with privacy.

If you choose to have frosted glass windows installed, you should be prepared to lose the view outside of your window. However, if you would prefer to have a window without any curtains, blinds, or shades to your view, frosted glass is the way to go. These windows are also easy to keep clean and its sun filtering ability can help preserve the vibrancy of your furnishings over time. 

No matter what option you choose to cover your windows for privacy, you should be mindful of your personal taste and style. Are your current windows doing the most they can for the spaces in your home? We are here to make the window replacement process go as smoothly as possible! If you feel like your home would benefit from a window makeover, start by requesting a free quote online today.