Do you have a window in your bathroom? Having natural light is a good thing.
Bathroom windows are tricky because you want natural light BUT you need privacy. And there are so many wet things happening in the bathroom that you have to consider something that can get wet.
Here are my favorite options for covering a window in the bathroom, These won’t make your bathroom feel like a dark cave.
Window Film/Decal for the Bathroom
If you have a window directly behind your bath or shower, a curtain is sometimes not the best solution. For windows in the shower you can use removable decals. These decals are a lot better looking than they used to be and they are the perfect combination of privacy and light filetering. These work great in high moisture situations and they are easy to apply and remove.
Amazon has tons of selection and the prices are very reasonable. You can get just a plain frosted film, or one with a pattern like pebbles, stripes or even a simple frosted look.
Roman Shades for Your Bathroom
What if you have a window right beside your toilet? It’s nice, but you may feel like a film is not enough privacy. Shades are good for small bathrooms because they stay neatly tucked inside the window frame and don’t get as dirty.
Custom roman shades can be pretty pricey. See this posit if you want to find roman shades on a budget.
ETSY has the most selection of fabrics if you can afford a custom shade (make sure to buy from a seller that has lots of good reviews). Custom roman shades start at around $100 and go up from there. Here are a few examples of some amazing shades on ETSY from sellers that do all kinds of custom drapery with great reviews.
- SewlovelybyKelly – I bought roman shades from this seller for my sun room and they are really reasonably priced.
If you want a roman shade but you don’t want to spend a lot, try selectblinds.com. The fabrics are not as luxurious but they are simple and good quality. The prices are about 30% lower than custom shades on ETSY.
Cafe Curtains For Your Bathroom
Cafe curtains are really just curtains that don’t cover the whole window. They can be a great option to let light in, but they have gotten a bad reputation. If you put “cafe curtain” into google you will see really dated looking options. Here are some examples of some more modern cafe curtains.
This is the cafe curtain I made for my bathroom using a shower curtain from Target. You can see the tutorial for this simple curtain here. I’m a beginning sewer and I was able to make this with just one cut and one seam.
Rod Pocket Curtain For Your Bathroom
This is a simple curtain that has a rod on the top. It’s easy to make even if you are not the best seamstress. Here’s a link to a great video that will show you an option for making these yourself with just a few easy seams.
If you prefer not to go the DIY route don’t despair. There are inexpensive options that you can doctor to fit the window. Here are two options from Pottery Barn that are $40-$63.
In bathrooms the windows are often small, so you may only hang one panel and you may need to shorten it, which can be done with hem tape if you don’t sew. Keep in mind that curtains will look better in a bathroom if they are light filtering vs. room darkening.
Fabric Panel For Your Bathroom
This is a DIY approach to covering a window. I read a great post from Serena at Thrift Diving. It’s inexpensive and you will need to make a wood frame and buy fabric. This looks amazing if you have a fabric that has lots of pattern to it and you are OK with something that doesn’t move.
No Window Covering
If you can get away with it because your bathroom is on the second floor on the back of your house, not covering the window at all gives you the lightest and brightest option.
How have you covered the windows in your bathrooms?