How to Cover Glass Doors for Privacy

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A glass door is an excellent way to bring extra light into your home. Glass doors open up one room to the next, allowing for fewer darker spaces in the house. Glass doors, like French doors, are great options for a house, but what if you would like a little privacy

The great thing is installing a glass door without compromising security , or privacy is possible with some tweaking and additions. Here, we guide you on how you can cover glass doors for added privacy.[toc] 

Window Tint

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Window tints are a cheap, versatile substitute for curtains as a cover for your glass doors

There are different types of window tints; some still let some light pass through as they provide privacy, while others completely block anyone’s view from seeing the inside of the house from the outside.

You can select from a bunch of colors, textures, and designs. You can either go for a practical standard that does the job perfectly or choose fun ones that add to the house’s interior. 

Standard window films differ by the level of their opacity. Standard ones include blackout film, where light is completely blocked out from the room, and neither the individual inside nor outside can see through. 

There is also a translucent window film where soft light could come in and brighten a room but still provide a visual barrier. Then there is a whiteout window film usually seen in meeting rooms and retail stores where it has the opacity and two-side privacy given by a blackout film, but then there’s a soft light that comes through the film like in a translucent film covered window

There is also specialized solar window film that protects individuals and their furniture items from the sun’s harmful UV rays as an added benefit to providing privacy. 

One-way mirror window tint provides privacy protection in the daytime. Anyone trying to take a peek at the window wouldn’t see that people inside could see them. This option only works during the day, so curtains and blinds at night are also needed. 

Decorative window film options are endless. This type of coverage is highly customizable, and possibilities are endless. 

Roman Shades

Spacious dining room interior with white chairs by a wooden table and sliding doors with roman shades

For homeowners with a high ceiling home, privacy protection that works excellently is Roman shades. This type can be more expensive because it is made in one solid piece of fabric, unlike blinds with slats. 

You can use Roman shades made from a lighter material that could be drawn in the daytime and still bring in adequate sunlight by day. 

Pleated Shades

Glass with pleated shades

Pleated shades are also known as accordion-style window coverings. This type of window covering brings significant room illumination and darkening. These window coverings are also made from a single material, but they are cheaper than the Roman shade covers. 

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds on sliding doors

Vertical blinds are a more contemporary option than a glass doors and French door coverings. Cords across the window draw these window coverings and can tilt open to draw light in. They come in an array of fabrics, colors, and slat sizes. 

Sliding Panels

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Vertical blinds and sliding panels differ in the way that vertical blinds can tilt open and close. On the other hand, sliding panels can’t do that. Still, they offer more comprehensive solar and privacy controls options depending on the material or fabric the sliding panels are made of.

This type of window covering is also ideal for layering. This privacy covering is also versatile as it could also be used as “doors” for wardrobe. 

Sheer Shades

Modern living room with glass panes covered with sheer curtain and domestic kitchen design

Sheer shades are elegant privacy covering options made out of two thin fabric facings over fabric vanes. They can be highly customizable when you have it made, but many premade options are available in the market. 

This type of privacy covering offers the best of both worlds as it lets in natural light, and with a pull of the vane, it could give you complete privacy protection. These are usually made of airier fabrics, making them perfect for hotter climates. 


Outside views from inside a modern minimalist room with chairs wooden tile floor and closed glass hinge door

Curtains are the more traditional option for privacy coverings. This could be the first option many homeowners consider when choosing something to dress glass windows and doors. Pick a design for your drapes, insert them on the rod, and hang them up. 

You can use two sheets of curtains to have them meet in the middle or two rods adjacent to let them hang on both sides of the door.

When choosing between a thinner or thicker fabric, you can also decide how much natural light a curtain would let in. See our ultimate design guide to the different types of curtains here.


Glass french doors with shutters

Shutters are the privacy option you go for when looking for uncomplicated options that are also easy to maintain. Shutters are usually made in plastic and thus can be painted to match the walls. 

Etching Cream

Cropped horizontal shot of a white door with glass etched detail

Etching is usually done on small surfaces like glasses or window panes. Etching could also be done on more extensive surfaces like windows or doors. 

You could do etching as an opaque matte covering, plain and unassuming, or you could use or make stencils that would give character to your windows or doors. Beware though, etching bigger surfaces could mean more etching cream, and some don’t come cheap.

Glass Paint

Glass paints are one of the cheaper options on this list. It adheres to the glass permanently and can block harmful UV rays from the sun. Also, as the paint is thinner in comparison to a curtain or even shutters, it could bring in natural light.

To spray the glass paint on, one must ensure the surface is thoroughly wiped down. Make sure that you’re spreading evenly to avoid lumps and uneven surfaces.

You can add another layer to your work to make the glass paint darker. Glass paints also come in various colors, so the possibilities are endless. 

Frosted Glass

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There are many ways to achieve the frosted glass look. First, you can use etching cream to create the frosted glass effect. There is also the option for a special kind of glass paint that could achieve that look. 

If you don’t want the mess of using etching cream and glass paint, there is always the option to go into the frosted window film that would essentially be cheaper and will give you the same effect. 

Decorative Screens

Decorative screen in front of glass

Decorative screens are the epitome of artful privacy coverings. It comes in an array of intricate aluminum designs that also serve as additional protection against a hurricane.

When the sun hits your French doors with these bad boys on, the shadows it will cast on your walls and furniture could rival a work of art. 

How to Cover Front Door Window 

Front door and windows with a grand entryway

Like dressing up and adding privacy options to your glass doors, the same methods and options apply to front door windows and windows in general. Front door window coverings add to the general curb appeal of your home.

Usually, it doesn’t command much attention from everything else inside the house; however, they bring a touch of elegance and hominess in a home, not to mention giving it more privacy. Read more about the types of glass front doors here.

How to Cover Sliding Glass Doors

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Methods of covering windows and glass doors follow the same options when you consider adding privacy covering for your sliding glass doors. See sliding door dimensions to get more ideas.

You can make your sliding glass doors and windows look like the stained windows seen in church, make it look like an art installation with a decorative screen, or give them the elegant and modern treatment using vertical blinds. In the end, let your character reflect in this little aspect of your home. 

For more glass door designs and ideas see our guide to the types of glass doors.

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  1. Hi i have just had a new back door fitted, i am looking for 7 cm wide blinds x2 to cover the glass, can you help please ??

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