Buying Custom Bathroom Window Treatments

Window Covering Ideas: Choosing the Best Window Coverings for your Bathroom

Bathroom window treatments bring style, color, and decoration, while softening the look of the room's hard surfaces. If you're looking for an easy, fast and affordable way to freshen up the look of this important room, updating or adding new bathroom window treatments is something to consider.

Selecting the right bathroom window treatment starts by keeping the family's functional needs in mind, while at the same time,not loosing sight of your styling issues and desires. Your bathroom window coverings should complement the look of the decor while addressing the special circumstances of this particular living space.

Keep in mind that you can have beautifully painted or wallpapered walls, great tile, and tastefully selected towels and shower curtain, but if the bathroom window treatments don't go with the rest of the decor, the overall "feel" of the bathroom will not be what you had in mind. Or, you can select window treatments that match beautifully, but are not moisture resistant, and that great look you started with disappears years before its time.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Bathroom Window Treatments

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There are many factors to consider when selecting the right bathroom Window treatments. The main functional reasons to install window treatments in the bathroom are privacy and light control. Additional factors in making any choice include budget, safety, window orientation and moister resistance. You can have a beautiful window covering, but if it doesn't fit the function of the window, you won't be happy in the long run.

Light Control & Privacy Considerations

For obvious reasons, providing privacy is the most important function of your bathroom window shades or blinds. At the same time, most people want a lot of light (preferably natural light) in the area. This means that bathroom window treatments need to focus on both privacy and light. Window blinds and roller shades are popular for bathrooms because they offer easy control of both the incoming light, as well as privacy levels.

Top down bottom up shades or duofold shades are very popular for privacy. These shades can be lowered from the top or raised from the bottom. This allows light into the room but still provides privacy especially for second story bathrooms. Top down bottom up shades come in honeycomb cellular shades, bamboo woven wood shades, and roman shades. HOWEVER, if you use any of these options, the bathroom should have good ventilation and you do not want them near a source of water vapor, and you should inquire about the material and whether moisture exposure should be a concern.

Favorite light filtering and privacy control bathroom window coverings also include faux wood blinds, aluminum mini blinds, vertical blinds and roller shades.

Bathroom Window Treatments & Moister Control

When evaluating window treatment options for your bathroom, be sure to choose moisture-resistant materials in order to prevent warping, cracking, or mildew. They should be easy-to-clean, and be able to withstand steam and other water vapor. Popular bathroom window treatments material options for moister control include faux wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Tip: Protect window treatments by using a bathroom fan when generating moisture in the room.

Measure Your Coverage Area

You can't know what bathroom window covering options you have without knowing what sizes you need to order. The size of the area covered, whether inside or outside mount, will limit the availability of shades and blinds types made to those size ranges. Once you have this information, you are ready to start making choices.

Inside Mount
  • Mounted within the window frame
  • Provides a clean, built-in look
  • Great way to leave attractive woodwork exposed
Outside Mount
  • Great option when there is not enough depth for an inside mount
  • Mounted to the wall, ceiling or molding surface surrounding the window
  • Often used to make the window appear larger or to hide a less attractive window or door

Blindster offers illustrated instructions for measuring each type of kitchen window treatment.

Bathroom Window Coverings Budget: Where "Want" meets "Wallet"

Window covering cost for bathrooms vary considerably by type, so it's important that you have a plan and a budget to make sure you can achieve your overall window decorating goals. Keep in mind that you are buying something that should last for many years. Consider how long you think you will be living in your present home, as well as other factors that will influence how much you wish to "invest" in your bathroom window treatment's new look.

Bathroom Window Coverings Safety: Focus on kids & pets

All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our bathroom window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe bathroom window treatments when children or pets are present in a home, so be sure that any shades or blinds meet these CPSC standards. If you wish to eliminate cords altogether (even on treatments meeting the CSPC standards) many popular Blindster window treatments offer cordless options. For much more information about window covering safety, see Child Safe Blinds & Shades.

Free Samples Remove the Guesswork

It can be really difficult to visualize the textures, colors and fabrics of various bathroom window blinds and shades. Blindster removes the selection guesswork by offering free samples of window treatments. This can help you in coordinating the overall look of the bedroom, to make sure that the bed linens, carpet, paint or other elements work together for just look you want. Be sure to hold the sample up to the window to evaluate the level of privacy it provides.


Comparing Bathroom Window Treatments Features

Although there's a lot to know about bathroom window treatments, you don't have to know everything about each type window blinds and shades available. Compare the advantages and disadvantages (presented below) of popular bathroom window coverings to assist in a quick elimination of those that don't meet the needs of the bathroom environment. This lets you spend more time focused on the window coverings better suited to your specific needs.

Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular ShadesFaux Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Faux Wood blinds for Bathrooms

  • Cost: Made from synthetic materials so they are less expensive than real wood blinds.
  • More durable. Faux wood blinds are perfect for rooms with moisture in the form of water vapor or steam.
  • Easy to clean. Because faux wood blinds can get wet they are easy to wipe down with a wet cloth.
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1" Privacy Aluminum BlindsAluminum Mini blinds (click to zoom)

Aluminum Mini Blinds

  • Aluminum mini blinds are naturally resistance to moisture, so are ideal for bathrooms.
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Light weight.
  • Large color selection.
  • Poor insulators.
  • Aluminum slats can bend.
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Smooth PVC Vertical BlindsVertical Blinds (click to zoom)

Vertical Blinds

  • If you choose a moisture resistant material (PVC vinyl) these blinds can work well in a bathroom, although not a common choice.
  • Perfect for large hard to cover windows and sliding doors.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Economical.
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
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Deluxe Vinyl Roller ShadesRoller Shades (click to zoom)

Roller Shades for Bathrooms

  • Take very little window space. Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Wide color selection.
  • Best suited for modern or contemporary style rooms or for homeowners looking for simple, low profile Bathroom Window Coverings.
  • Ideal for windows that cannot accommodate traditional drapes or shades (smaller spaces).
  • They can be wiped with a damp cloth to maintain their quality.
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Super Value Cordless Single Cellular ShadesCellular Shades (click to zoom)

Honeycomb Cellular Shades

  • If your bathroom has good ventilation or the window is away from a water source, a non-cotton fabric treatment can provide a bright splash of color and soften the decor.
  • Cellular shades feature cells that trap hot or cold air, giving them a strong insulation feature. Consider cellular shades on a large window over the tub to help maintain the soaking temperature.
  • Cellular shades come in a variety of fabric styles and colors to complement your bathroom's interior. Many also offer a privacy or room-darkening lining that can be added to the shade.
  • When raised, cellular shades nearly disappear to keep the view through your bathroom window open and bright. If you desire more decoration, layer them with fabric treatments.
  • Large color selection.
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
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Pleated ShadesPleated Shades (click to zoom)

Pleated Shades

  • If your bathroom has good ventilation or the window is away from a water source, a non-cotton fabric treatment can provide a bright splash of color and soften the decor.
  • Combine the elegance and appeal of cellulars at lower cost.
  • Pleated shades are perfect when looking for a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds.
  • Unique structure and versatility of allows multiple control options.
  • While pleated shades do not have the same energy efficient properties as cellular shades, they still offer multiple options in light and privacy control.
  • Lighter colors and textures of sheer and semi-private pleated shades allow some features to be visible from the outdoors.
  • Pleated shades come in a variety of weaves and colors that help block light and provide dark accents to rooms.
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Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group ABamboo & Woven Wood Shades (click to zoom)

Bamboo / Woven Wood Shades

  • When you're redesigning a bathroom, bamboo probably isn't the first material that comes to mind. However, bamboo is extremely durable and resistant to bacteria, making it perfect for use in a bathroom.
  • When you use bamboo window blinds, bamboo floors and bamboo textiles, you lend your bathroom a clean, spa-like vibe that's perfect for the space.
  • Relatively good at controlling the amount of sunlight that a room receives, especially when combined with privacy liner.
  • Top down bottom up option.
  • Ideal for a vintage, tropical, country, rustic or rugged look.
  • They're available in a range of shades from dark to light browns.
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Premium Solar Shades 3% OpenSolar Shades (click to zoom)

Solar Shades

  • If selecting solar shades for the bathroom where the window faces a neighboring home or a street, consider installing drapes or a privacy curtain in addition to your shade. That way, when the sun sets, you can still maximize your privacy while still enjoying the benefits of solar shades during the day.
  • Tremendous energy savings because energy costs will be greatly reduced.
  • Keep your eyes and body protected from the sun's strong and dangerous UV rays.
  • Protects furnishings and flooring, reducing the risk of fading, discoloration and burning.
  • Enjoy outdoor views while keeping excessive heat and sunlight out.
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Real Wood Blinds

  • Wood blinds are not recommended for the bathroom. Athough they have a protective finish, they do not do well in wet areas and will warp, crack or mildew. If a horizontal blind is desired, select faux wood blinds or aluminum mini blinds. If your bathroom is a half-bath with only a toilet and sink, wood blinds may be a viable option.
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Premium Roman Shades Group BRoman Shades (click to zoom)

Roman Shades

  • Roman shades are not recommended for the bathroom due to mildew concerns. If a window shade is desired, select a cell shade or pleated shade made of polyester.
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More Window Treatment Information

The information you need to make the best bathroom window treatments selection is at your fingertips at We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.

The information you need to make the best bathroom window treatment selection is at your fingertips at We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.

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