Which Blinds Are Best for Privacy?
Jul 12 2022In the comfort of your own home, you want to be able to relax and unwind. Whether you like to enjoy the latest series to hit the streaming platforms, curl up with a book and a glass of wine or enjoy quality time with the kids, the last thing you want is to be exposed to the view of your neighbours or people passing by. You want privacy, and it’s one of the main features of blinds that we often overlook. So this month at Your Blinds Direct, we thought we’d take you through the best privacy blinds for windows in your home. Whether you have a living room window sitting directly on a pavement or footpath, or a bedroom at the back of your house that is overlooked by other buildings, we have a blind to solve the problem.
Privacy blackout blindsLet’s start by taking a look at one of the best materials for keeping out light and giving you maximum privacy: blackout material. When used in combination with a variety of styles, you can give any room a sense of seclusion and calm without ruining the aesthetic of the blind itself. At Your Blinds Direct, we give each blind a dimout rating out of 5, so check the ‘Key Features’ section to find out how well each blind blocks out sunlight. Blackout blinds are the ideal solution, and they needn’t be dull — check out our vibrant Polaris Blackout Honey roller blind.
Privacy Roman blindsNext on our list is the Roman blind. Because it’s formed out of one large, often thicker blanket of material, it offers great levels of privacy when closed. Completely blocking out the window, you can rest peacefully with the blind down or raise it in folds incrementally to allow some light in while keeping most of the window covered. Take a look at our Shibuya Sky Roman blind for a stunning patterned material that will offer any room some much-needed privacy.
Privacy roller blindsOne of the simplest blinds on the market, roller blinds are also great for privacy, especially when combined with blackout material. You simply raise or lower the blind to your desired position, or keep them fully lowered to block out the view into your home. A strong breeze through the window may shift the blind slightly, allowing in some sunlight, but it’s still a great solution if you’re sticking to a budget. Try the Vapour Jasmine roller blind in our collection for a clean look with a dimout rating of 3 out of 5.
Privacy vertical blindsThere’s a reason you often see vertical blinds in commercial office spaces, particularly in healthcare settings, and that’s because they offer excellent privacy for larger windows. Where smaller blinds may leave gaps, a vertical blind uses long slats and completely covers the window, adjusting to form a full sheet. As with roller blinds, a gust of wind may disrupt this privacy, but your vertical slats can be joined together at the bottom to limit this. Combine vertical blinds with blackout material through our Banlight Duo FR Rose vertical blinds.
How to use blinds for privacyAs you’ve seen, there are plenty of options to help improve the sense of privacy you get in your home, no matter where you live. But to help get the most out of them, here are some tips on how to use blinds for privacy:
- If you can, keep windows closed to avoid the wind billowing your blinds, as this allows sunlight to break through and also gives a view into your home.
- If you opt for Venetian blinds, try turning the slats upwards so their curved side faces outwards. This helps to keep out light and means anyone looking down on your window from above can’t see through the spaces in between the slats.
- Hang your blinds outside the window recess with an overhang margin to fully block any angled view or simply go for a perfect fit pleated or Venetian blind to cover the window itself.
- Consider using a second blind over the window (in addition to one hung outside the window recess) to be lowered at night time if you want a lighter material during the day simply for light filtration. This is usually a combination best deployed in a bedroom or living room.