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Windows in Bathroom and Stairwell

by Lili Stevens
(Sacramento, CA)

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I have three arched windows in the bathroom area.These windows are facing south which lets in alot of evening sun and heat. The challenge is one is in the shower itself, one over the tub and the third in the closet. I need something that I can open in the morning and winter and close in the summer and evening. It should be water and mold resistance if possible.

I also have a square window in the stairwell about 20ft high. It is also facing south. I would like to be able to cover it in the summer evenings and open it in the winter.

Answer

The best window treatment for windows in places like bathrooms and other wet areas is faux wood. You can do either faux wood blinds or if you want to cover the arched part you can have faux wood shutters.

The 20 foot window in your stairwell is much too tall to cover with one window treatment, however you can use 3 or 4 window shades and mount them on the two sides of the window one above the other. Also use shades that are remote control that you should be able to open without having to go upstairs.

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Bathroom Casement windows


(Greensburg, PA)

Question: I am considering replacing our standard bathroom casement windows with frosted or privacy glass. The original glass is Low "E". Does frosted glass come in Low "E" or is it not necessary since the window is frosted?

Answer: Frosted glass is not the same as low e glass, one will not replace the other.

You could have both by keeping your current low e windows and putting on frosted window film for privacy.

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Bathroom that's long'ish & narrow -- facing neighbor's home

by Donna
(East Texas)

Question

The rectangular window in our new home's master bathroom is 31.5w x 36h and 3.5d....the bottom of the window casing starts about 46.5" from the floor.

This master bathroom is small - it's more like galley style. We're lightening the wall color, adding a surface mount mirror and other pieces that are non-intrusive and will not make this area look smaller than it is.

The window -- it looks out to the north and though we're in a very rural setting, we have a neighbor about 1/2-3/4 an acre away who can look smack dab into the bathroom without a treatment.

I need a treatment that will not make the area look smaller than it is...that provides privacy and also can be opened during the day hours. I need the light in the bathroom during the daytime but will close the treatment at night, etc.

I was thinking of using wood or faux wooden blinds, mounted inside the window casing. I'm not sure of this and if I do faux/wood - if I should keep this a lighter wooden tone or go with off/white. Perhaps blinds are not the best at all!

What do you think?

Thank You!!

Answer

Faux wood is most appropriate for a bathroom since it will not get ruined from water.

Definitely keep the color light since dark colors will make the bathroom look smaller which you don't want.

If wetness or humidity is not an issue cellular shades will provide a light and airy solution for a small room.

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Square window in shower

by Debbie
(oviedo, FL, USA)

Question: I have 5 windows that are in a bay shape that you see from the front of the house. 3 windows are in the shower and 2 are in the toilet room. There are 24 1/2" wide and appx 50in long.

I have the bottom half covered with curtains on a tension rod now. I just want to replace the curtains, because they are molding, but I cannot find the curtains sized 30w by 25 1/2 long anywhere. That is the size of the curtains I have now that I originally bought from Sears. Any ideas???

Answer: The short curtains for the lower half of the window are called cafe curtains. When you search for the curtains you should specifically include the words "cafe curtains".

If you still can't find the exact length you will need to purchase one that is slightly longer and hem it to fit.

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