How to Add Privacy to Your Entry Door
Whether you live on a busy street subject to plenty of cars and passersby or just want to add a little extra security to your home, adding privacy to your entry door is easy and inexpensive. Your entry door is an important part in terms of security for your home and you’d be surprised how adding an extra layer of privacy to your exterior entry doors can also contribute to your home’s overall security. Being mindful of the exposure of your home is proactive, and a bit of prevention can go a long way.
Curtains are a no-brainer when it comes to adding a layer of privacy to your entry door and windows. They’re easy to install—all you really need is a rod and wall brackets. Curtains come in a variety of lengths, so this option is customizable to your entry door’s windows.
A benefit of using curtains is the sheer amount of options for style, color, and length. Plus, if you do tire of the curtains you selected initially, you can always switch them out. Curtains are inexpensive and you don’t have to be particularly handy with tools to install them.
It’s easy to mix up blinds and curtains or to assume that they’re one in the same. Blinds, however, are different and their slotted design allows you to angle them upward or downward for both privacy and natural light.
Blinds can be more expensive than curtains, depending on which ones you’re looking at purchasing. Blinds can even be automated, a perfect solution to those with a smart home in mind. Although blinds are available in standard window sizes, you may need to get them custom cut to fit your entry door’s windows as these windows are narrower and vary in sizing.
For a more permanent solution, consider installing obscured privacy glass. If you plan on living in your home for a while and aren’t interested in having curtains or blinds for your entry door, privacy glass offers a more integrated and sleek solution to shut out prying eyes. Not only does privacy glass add privacy and security to your home, but the glazed look also helps to filter natural light.
Installing privacy glass is more expensive because you’ll likely need a professional to give you a hand. You’ll have the initial purchase of the glass, the custom fitting, plus the labor and materials of the contractor. However, the end result is often worth the extra money as you’ll have a seamless, uncluttered look for your entry door.
If you like the idea of privacy glass but don’t like the cost, privacy film is good alternative option. An added benefit is that you don’t need to hire a professional to install privacy film. It’s an easy do-it-yourself project that requires no special tools or skills. Most privacy film can be purchased at your local home improvement store or online.
The kits will come with everything you need. All you need to do is to trim the film to fit your entry door windows and apply the film against the surface. That’s all there is to it. The best part? You won’t break the bank and have the same clean look as you would with obscured privacy glass.
Are you feeling fancy and want to add some major flare to your entry door that also gives your home some much needed privacy? Stained glass is the answer! Stained glass windows on an entry door not only look beautiful, but they’re functional, too. You’ll keep out prying eyes while boosting your home’s unique curb appeal.
Of course, with such a beautiful addition to your entry door you can expect to pay some good money for the stained glass piece you want, custom fit, and to hire the professional to install it. If you’re in your forever home, this investment could be worth it because the final result is nothing short of spectacular.
Like privacy film, glass paint is a cost effective alternative to obscured privacy glass. Glass paint is a little more precise because it allows you to get the nooks and crannies with the paint brush instead of having to trim the film to an exact size.
Glass paint adheres to the window and is a permanent solution for extra privacy. It blocks sunlight just enough, so you aren’t subject to harmful UV rays, but still allows natural light to filter through. Applying multiple layers to the window will give darken the natural light. Glass paint also comes in a variety of colors.
Glass Etching Cream
Etching cream is similar to glass paint, but the product works best for smaller areas as the bottle is smaller than that of paint. It’s a cheap alternative, but if you just need to cover a small portion of a window or a small part of the glass, it’s a workable solution. Plus, you’ll add more character to your entry door as you can apply etching cream with a stencil.
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