Tips & Tricks

Curtains for Privacy: How to Choose Window Treatments for Street-Level Windows

For people who live on the ground floor in a relatively busy environment, getting enough privacy without totally blocking the natural light can feel like a tricky task. However, with the right approach, it doesn’t need to be too difficult at all. To help you come up with the perfect solution, we decided to compile some of our top tips on the subject in the article below.

Sheer curtains

First up, if you haven’t already considered sheer curtains from a store like Woodyatt Curtains, then they’re definitely worth looking into. Sheer curtains are made from transparent fabrics, that allow a lot of sunlight to enter into a room without letting people see in. 

This can be great for rooms where you still want a lot of daylight – you can get them in a wide range of different colours, but most people choose to go with a subtle shade of white or another light option.


A lot of people think that they need to make the decision between thicker curtains and sheer curtains. You don’t – sheer curtains can work very well when layered with another window covering that’s designed to block more light.

In a street level bedroom, for example, you can use sheer curtains during the day, and then some thicker lined curtains or blackout blinds at night to create an optimised sleeping environment. This can be a lovely way to create a sense of depth in a room, in addition to being highly practical.

Privacy window films

If you don’t want to layer your curtains, then you can always choose to go the film route. You can get films that can be applied to your glass, essentially making the glass have the same opacity as frosted glass.

Make sure that you get a high-quality option; cheaper film manufacturers can use low-quality adhesives that make it impossible to get the film off when the time comes. 

Roman shades

Roman shades can also be a great option for increasing privacy. You can choose between materials that still let light in and fabrics that totally block the light out, depending on the intended use of the space.

Roman blinds are also incredibly stylish, and can fit a wide variety of aesthetics. We especially recommend them for smaller rooms, as they don’t take up much space when they’re pulled all the way up to the top.

Top-down/bottom-up shades

Finally, Top-down/bottom-up shades can be a great practical solution for creating a private environment in ground-floor rooms. As the name suggests, you can either pull them up from the bottom, or down from the top. That means that you can block off just a single part of the window, while still letting light in either at the top or the bottom.

All of the options listed above will provide a slightly different approach – which one is best for you depends on your personal stylistic preferences. Whether you go with sheer curtains or Roman blinds, we’re sure you’ll find something that’s perfectly suited to your domestic environment.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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