Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.
Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door.
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...
Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.
Options Under $25
1. Frosted spray paint for privacy in bathroom windows
Grab some painters tape and this can of frosted glass spray paint for less than $4 and you have got a pretty easy privacy fix.
2. Frosted contact paper window treatments
You can use the contact paper "as is" or you could use a cut out to make a fun pattern like this tutorial over at Thrifty Fun. This would be a great fix for a rental but my guess is the humidity from your bathroom would cause peeling. This might not be the best permanent solution but a great inexpensive temporary solution costing less than $10.
3. Privacy window vinyl static film
A more permanent option would be to spend a little more to purchase vinyl cling film for your bathroom windows. The cost depends on the size of the window but a 17 X 78 inch piece from Amazon costs around $14.
4. DIY privacy screen using lace or sheer fabric
A creative option would be to make a privacy screen to place in front of the panes of your bathroom windows. All you need is a wood frame and a remnant of lace. Check out how to make this lace window screen here. If you need a little more privacy use a more patterned lace or a sheer piece of fabric.
5. Hang thrifted art over part or all of your bathroom window.
Many people hang art in their bathroom, so why not use that art to cover a window? I know the photo is not a bathroom but a piece of art could cover a lot of window. For a smaller window positioned high, a small piece could cover the bottom window pane. If you want to keep it budget friendly head to the thrift store to find a treasure.
6. Install inexpensive bathroom window curtains
A short cafe-style curtain can create bathroom window privacy and still let in light from above. These bathroom window curtains fit perfectly in humid environments, as they actually repel water. Find them on Amazon for under $14.
7. Sew your own bathroom window curtains
Can't find any bathroom window curtains that fit your style or size? All you need to make your own is a tension rod, a bit of fabric, and some needle and thread. Check out this easy tutorial for the step-by-step instructions.
Want to make your own bathroom window curtains, but don't want to sew them? Find out how to make no-sew curtains by following this tutorial.
Options Under $50
1. A simple bathroom window curtain panel
Why over-think it when simple bathroom window curtains will create usable and durable privacy. This is what we use for my master bathroom window.
2. Custom cafe curtains
If you have a larger window use thicker drapery panels to cover the bottom part of the window. You would need to buy a curtain panel and a curtain rod putting this project over the $25 mark, unless you have a small window and can use a tension or cafe rod. Another budget friendly option is using kitchen towels for curtain panels.
3. Small faux wood shutters
This is such a great fix for smaller bathroom windows. You can find these at Lowes or other home improvement stores. If you have a standard size window you can often find paintable wood versions at local salvage stores or Habitat for Humanity Re-stores.
4. Double-sided mirror privacy window film
Turn your window into a tinted mirror with two-way window film. You will be able to see outside but they will not be able to see into your bathroom. The cost of this depends on the size of your window but a small window can definitely be covered for under $50.
5. DIY a roman shade with shower curtain fabric
You can use a tutorial like this one to make a roman shade using a fabric shower curtain.
6. Cordless bathroom window shades
These simple shades go up and down without the use of cords, meaning they're ideal for homes with pets or small children. Let light in as you please for under $50.
7. Hang a macrame wall hanging in the window
Privacy is key when you're in the bathroom, but it's also important to let as much natural light in as possible. Hanging a macrame wall hanging in the window (especially one in a light color), adds beauty and privacy. We love this one from Amazon!
Options under $100
1. Hang a mirror over your window
Block the view through your bathroom window with a large mirror. It works even if its not over your sink as well. It can be a great dressing or make-up mirror.
2. Hang vintage stained glass over your window
You can find vintage stained glass for under $100 at flea markets and antique stores. Hello, architectural detail!
3. Install Leaded Glass Window Film
I am actually not sure if the window above is window film but I have always wanted to try this leaded glass window film from Wall Paper for Windows. I also like the tudor style leaded glass. They have the blurred glass and the privacy frosted glass as well. The cost depends on your window size but its pricier and more durable than the less expensive window cling.
4. Hang a Bamboo Shade In your Bathroom
Bamboo shades are great options for privacy while also allowing light to filter through. Bamboo can also hold up to humidity pretty well as well. You can find many options under $50 at home decor stores or department stores.
Options Over $100
1. Install Plantation Shutters
These plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window. You can order then at most home improvement stores in their special order area.
2. Install a leaded glass, stained glass or frosted glass replacement window
If you are remodeling this might be a good fix but it will be the most expensive.
3. Install Shower Grade Plantation shutters in your shower.
There are companies, like Hunter Douglas, that make shower grade plantation shutters and trim to install over existing bathroom windows in your shower.
4. Install Privacy Window Inserts
Indow Window is a window insert company that has a wide variety of uses for their window inserts. This is much less expensive than installing a new window. They have frosted privacy options that can be easily installed by any homeowner like the pictures shows above.
5. Install Bottom-Up Top-Down Roman Shades
Most custom blind stores sell bottom-up/ top down roman shades. By just using the cord attached they can work like roman shades or they can raise up from the bottom to shade the lower part of your bathroom windows.
In conclusion, there's no need to expose yourself. Hopefully one of these bathroom windows solutions will work for you!