How to Add Privacy to Any Window Without Curtains or Blinds

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2. Cut Cedar Strips

Cut cedar strips on a table saw so that when placed between the straightedge and the trim, they are thick enough to prevent the window from making contact with the straightedge. In essence, cut trim pieces using cedar, and install them on top of the existing trim to raise the trim up above the window.

Measure the length and width of each one of the four sides of the trim and use a miter saw to cut a piece of cedar for each side. Nail the cedar strips over the top of the window trim using 1 1/2-inch finish nails and a hammer. The cedar pieces should be flush with the outside edges of the existing window trim.

Feed-Sack Curtains


Vintage feed sacks serve as the perfect café curtains in this modern country kitchen. Anita from Far Above Rubies hemmed the sacks, then strung them across a wire with rings. The finished curtain lends homey charm to the room.

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Window Quilts


Window quilts have a sheet that can be rolled up and down. They are made out of fabric and usually have a pocket attached to them. They are used to block sunlight and heat. When you roll them up, the sun goes away. They are similar to roller shades, except they are thick fabric.

8. Outdoor Shutters

Not all of your privacy moves have to be made from the inside! If you don’t want curtains and blinds on the inside of the window, you could install some sort of loose shutter to the outside to still give you some light while obscuring the view. Alternatively, you could plant a tree outside or get some ivy over the window from the outside. You aren’t limited to privacy solutions from the inside!

1. Take Your Measurements

Measure the dimensions of the window. Use a miter saw to cut a piece of 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch fir for all four sides of the window.

2. Hanging Object

Whether it is a sign, a chalkboard, or a painting, hanging an object from the top of the window can drastically reduce the visibility which is showing up in the room. Plus, just like a privacy screen, you can adjust the position of the object to cut off whatever view you want to be blocked. By hanging a picture or a chalkboard next to the window, you can create an overlapping design that brings out the piece without swallowing the window in a curtain. For example, if you hang a picture halfway on the wall and let it hang halfway over a corner or the side of a window, you can make the window blend into the wall without swallowing the natural light.


Using the paper templates I took earlier, I cut ou

Using the paper templates I took earlier, I cut out two panels of Reflectix per window. One tip that I can give if you want to use this same construction, orient the creases in the Reflectix to be perpendicular in each panel. Because this material is sold rolled up, there are creases and folds that can’t be removed. If you cut your pieces so that these creases are 90° apart from eachother it will yield a much more rigid panel. The careful reader will notice that I failed to do this, so definitely listen to Lucas of the future on this one!

It was also important to stay organized since all

It was also important to stay organized since all the panels looked similar and could have easily become mixed when proceeding to cover each panel in fabric. Above you can see me using a Sharpie to denote inside/outside layers and right/left side for the the applicable panels.

I was really glad to have taken all of these cutou

I was really glad to have taken all of these cutouts to my car for a dry fit. Almost all of them didn’t fit properly, and with the help of my scissors I reshaped them all to best fit the windows, keeping in mind that the fabric would also add some interference between the covers and the window frames.

While I was down at the car, I also took note of the covers that were directly contacting a steel door frame. On these sides I planned to add magnets to better hold in the covers.

With all the planning accomplished, I began the lo

With all the planning accomplished, I began the long process of tracing all the panels onto the fabric leaving about a 1 inch of allowance to be wrapped around the edge of the Reflectix.

With all the fabric cut out, I started the process

With all the fabric cut out, I started the process of attaching it to the Reflectix using the Super 77 spray adhesive (Amazon Link). I placed small rare earth magnets (like these: Amazon Link) on the edges of the Reflectix and folded over the fabric edges using scissors to make small cuts around the curves and corners allowing the fabric to sit flat. I was very careful to note which panel of each pair went on the outside and which went on the inside. Because, when I cut the Reflectix to match the car during the dry fit, it made all the panels slightly different.

Marking with a Sharpie the location of each panel

Marking with a Sharpie the location of each panel was very helpful, just make sure not to put markings on the side where the white fabric is attached. The black on silver shows right through and I had to disassemble some of the panels to clean this up.

With the fabric attached on both halves of each panel, I used the same spray adhesive to join the halves, making sure all the edges lined up. The Super 77 spray adhesive is a contact cement, so make sure to let the two sides dry a little before pushing them together.

Some More Problems

I was staying with some family right before I left on my trip to Maine. We had a chance to go camping and I thought it would be a good opportunity to have another test of the car. At the time everything was loaded in that I would be taking with me. Right away, I noticed a fairly big problem. Having all the window covers bent to let in air worked really great, but they also created huge entrances for bugs. This completely escaped my mind, and would be a major problem in the mosquito infested state I would be heading to.

So I improvised a solution, adding store bought fabric tulle, framed it with way to expensive velcro, and added the assemble to the tops of the window covers. The idea was to fold open the window cover and attach the netting around the opening. The headliner in my car could be used as the loop side of the velcro.

This was a good short term fix, but the modificati

This was a good short term fix, but the modification had so many problems I won’t bother to show the construction. The tulle was way too weak, the velcro started to tear up my headliner, and the covers would fall out of the frames when I opened a doors because they were attached to the ceiling. They did keep bugs out of the car, but let in more and more as the netting wore.

Another annoyance I found well into the trip, was

Another annoyance I found well into the trip, was if I left the covers up for an extended period, the Reflectix would loose its rigidity. So the covers would just fall out or have trouble just going up. I had to take them down regularly and massage the edges of the window covers to flatten out the Reflectix to make them fit again.

How to Take a Window out of a Metal Frame

Follow this step-by-step approach:

Follow this step-by-step approach:

Step 1: Gather the supplies and take safety precautions

Simply pick up all the tools whose list we have given above. Then take the necessary precautions which we have recommended in step 2. Finally, spread the plastic sheeting under the window.

Step 2: Take out the frame from the track

Metal frames are a cinch to remove from their openings. Simply lift the frame and slide its bottom out of the track. Place the window on a nearby table which should be big enough to house the entire window with room to spare.

Provided you don’t have such a table, place the frame on the ground. Be careful or else you might end up leaving scratches on the frame.

Step 3: Unscrew the window from the frame

Metal frames have screws on all four corners to secure the window in place. Remove the screws one by one and pull the window out of the frame. If you feel that the window is stuck in the frame, use the screwdriver to pry the frame apart. You can now remove stray glass pieces before discarding them.

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