Bathroom privacy might not be the most glamorous topic to talk about, but it’s something that a lot of homeowners, and even business owners have probably thought about on more than one occasion. There is typically a lot of glass in the bathroom, whether it’s a window or a door and privacy can be a big issue. No one wants their neighbor being able to see straight into the bathroom, or someone being able to easily open up doors, so what do you do? Well, you have a few different options.
While I have included a variety of different tips, this blog does focus heavily on window film. It focuses heavily on window film because it's a pretty affordable way to increase privacy in a bathroom, it doesn’t require a lot of work on your part and you have a ton of different options. A lot of people out there might not be familiar with window film and the benefits it offers for bathroom privacy, so I thought this might help educate and potentially help some people out!
The first solution you have when it comes to bathroom privacy is decorative window film. Decorative window film is great for bathroom privacy because you have so many different options you can choose from. No joke, you have hundreds of different window films to pick from. There are solid frosted window films and there are decorative window films that are more opaque than others for maximum privacy. You can also choose a patterned window film like dots or stripes if you want a cool design instead of a solid window film. The options are endless!
You might be wondering how window film works with water moisture from the shower. While this can be a problem for drapes, blinds and other window treatment options, a really nice benefit of decorative window film is that you don’t have to worry about water moisture. It isn’t going to ruin or affect the installation or lifespan of the window film whatsoever. When it comes to bathroom privacy, decorative window film works great on shower doors as well as both interior and exterior glass.
The majority of showers have glass doors. Glass obviously allows for no privacy at all, and for some situations this might not be a huge problem. A master bathroom for example might not need increased privacy on the shower door glass. A Jack and Jill bathroom on the other hand might be a situation where more privacy is needed.
Another situation where you might need added privacy on a shower door is if it's being shared by siblings. School mornings are chaotic and busy and more than one person might need to be in the bathroom at the same time. Installing a decorative window film on the shower door is a really easy and cost effective way to accomplish this.
With decorative window film and frosted window film you will have maximum privacy. You won’t be able to see out and outsiders won’t be able to see in, which is great for both interior and exterior windows. A lot of decorative window films are opaque and are clean looking. It isn’t going to drastically change the look of your home and will most likely go with the flow and theme in your house.
Gradient window film is another option you have when it comes to increased bathroom privacy. Technically, gradient window film is either decorative window film or custom graphics. There are gradient window films made by manufacturers that you can have installed. If you don’t like any of the standard gradient window films, our in house graphics team can also create a custom one specifically for you and what you are looking for.
If you aren’t familiar with gradient window film, it’s a kind of window film that goes from completely opaque to completely clear. You can choose which end of the glass you want to be opaque and what you want to be clear, or you can have clear on both ends like the photo above. If you choose to make a custom gradient window film you can even choose where you want the opaque portion to start and end. Cool right?
This is a nice option for both shower doors as well as interior and exterior windows because you still get some natural light as well as the increased privacy. When it comes to shower doors, this could be nice in a master if you want to don’t want to cover the entire glass door. Just like with decorative window film, with gradient window film you don’t have to worry about water moisture ruining the film.
Up next on the list we have reflective window film. Don't worry this is the last window film we will talk about for this blog 😉 If you don’t like the fact that you can’t see outside with decorative window film, then a reflective window film might be a good option for you. Reflective window film gives you the ability to still see outside while preventing outsiders from seeing in. Depending on how reflective you go, the window film will look like one way mirror.
A huge added benefit of reflective window film is the amount of heat and glare that is going to be blocked. If your bathroom gets really hot, then this might be a great option for you. With reflective window film there are even options where you can choose an exterior window tint and not have to worry at all about the moisture in the bathroom.
Within a bathroom you might have other doors within it. Often times these doors don’t have locks on them which might be kind of weird for some people. Keeping locks on all bathroom doors is always a good idea. It makes people feel more comfortable and significantly increases privacy. Not to mention, it’s really affordable. Putting locks on all bathroom doors throughout your house is a very easy way to increase privacy.
Some bathrooms might not have individual doors within them and are more open concept. While some homeowners might like the idea of an open concept bathroom, I have to venture to guess that this might make others cringe. If you like the idea of an open concept bathroom feel free to skip this section of the blog.
However, if you don’t like the thought of an open concept bathroom, then you might want to try putting in partitions. It is much easier to buy a few partitions and put them up throughout your bathroom then having doors installed. Partitions can help separate sections of the bathroom without making it feel small and closed off.
Lastly, we have utilizing or installing skylights in your bathroom. I know what you’re thinking, how do skylights increase privacy? They don’t. However, if you are worried about losing natural light by installing window film, this is a great way to get some back! You don’t really have to worry about lack of privacy from skylights because they are on the roof of your house and no one will be able to see in anyway.
There you go! A few different ways you can use window film to increase bathroom privacy as well as a few other things you can do. I know it’s not the most interesting thing to talk about, but bathroom privacy can be a real struggle for some people! As always, if you are interested in learning more about decorative window film or would like a free quote, give us a call today! We help homeowners with this kind of thing everyday 😊
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