Once upon a time, we built our dream home, but the piece we didn’t get to choose the front door and we did not want the sidelights that were on it!
For years we battled with sidelight windows and the complete lack of privacy.
Our babies were running around in diapers, or the piece of clothing we desperately needed was in the downstairs mudroom.
However, the only way to get there was down the front steps in front of the sidelight windows. Truly, the lack of privacy was an everyday battle in our home. We do reserve the right to privacy, but until now have not been able to achieve such!
When you want to pretend you are not here (sometimes we all do this!) and the doorbell rings, the person at the front door can see right in, ugh!
Hate that! Now, add to the mix, a cat or a dog who wants to see outside after you put up sheers and you have the recipe for a daily disaster.
Pets want to see outside and they have absolutely no boundaries. Sheers are not the answer.
Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets and Privacy Is there Really An Option
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So, what are the best sidelight window treatments for pets and privacy and is it easily accessible?
Is this a DIY or is someone coming to do an installation?
How long will the solution for best sidelight window treatments for pets and privacy take?
I have ALL those answers and more!
Best Sidelight Window Treatments For Pets and Privacy
Products were provided by Blindster.Com, DIY Project and images are my own.
Today’s story will share our journey through covering sidelight windows and WHY we did.
I am sure you have some of the same issues.
Read on, it’s always fun to share things and hear from each of you that you have the same thing going on! We are all in this together, LOL! ~ Dana XO
*Please note, due to lighting, change of window coverings, sunny and not sunny days, nighttime photoshoots, and daytime photo shoots, the colors on these images will all be different.
It would be impossible to get the same lighting on any day. I did not alter any of these photos, I wanted you to see the real deal. Lighting is just lighting.
Sidelight Window Treatment – What Should I Use?
We built our home a few years back, and while I wanted everything in it, we had to wait to make some changes. However, as you know, buying a house is a huge financial undertaking.
So at the same time, we purchased the house we placed the kids in private school, ice hockey, purchased a new car, and the list just went on and on. Yes, it is the natural progression of life and it seems that everything happens at once.
DIY Attempts To Achieve Privacy for the Sidelight Windows
First, as a DIY kind of gal, I attempted to cover with some decor each season. At best, the seasonal stuff provided minimal coverage, but it was a start!
3 kids, one in diapers, and lovely front sidelights allowed the whole world passing by to see right on into the house, especially at night with the lights on in the house and when it was dark outside!
We might as well have just let the front door open as well and say, “welcome world!”
Battling these sidelight windows got old because we had zero privacy in a very busy, homeowner association-run neighborhood of over 230 homes (le sigh).
Second Attempt to Achieve Privacy from the Ever-Present Sidelight Windows
Glistening Sheers Will Make A Sidelight Window Treatment but…
My mom had been somewhere and had the idea to make ‘sheers’ for the sidelight windows!
Literally, a few yards of see-through beige/gold, a mounting bracket set, and suddenly the windows were slightly covered, lightly solving our current issue (but they are not cat-proof.. read on!)
Well, here’s the thing about sheers, they are SHEER.
While they offered less light and hampered the ability to see straight in, they still allowed the light of our other rooms to filter out and people to see in.
However, this was a good enough solution for us, as it got at the current time because we were involved in other home projects.
Then There Was Buffalo Head, the Nosiest Neightbor Of All
If you have ever listened to my podcasts you might know that my one neighbor calls his wife buffalo head, it’s not us, and he calls it to her face!
Buffalo head earned her name because her hair sits like it did in the 80’s tall and wide with enough hairspray locking it in that 90 MPH winds won’t move it!
At least no one could see right in, but that did not stop our one neighbor.
One day, a neighbor felt the need to stop by and tell us, that our lights could be seen ON and that she knew we were here and WE should answer the bell.
She continued on to tell me that, ‘we knew you were there because the kitchen light was on and we saw it!”
Here’s what they did not know, we were working on the construction of a bathroom in the basement!
Drills running and our nightly adventure to take on the world and add in a much-needed amenity. Thanks, Buffalo Head!
Our Lives Changed With Bella The Cat & Craved Privacy: Best Sidelight Window Treatments
Oh my gosh, Bella, our cat is darling or so you might believe, but under that Santa hat is a tiny little beast that unleashes when she sees her ‘outside’ friends!
‘Help us all’ is what I have to say. If you have pets you already know where this is going.
Did you see the sheers above and the arrow? The simple sheer comes down as soon as she jumps on the ledge.. but there’s more!
Sidelight Window Treatments Don’t Stand A Chance With A Pet
Quickly, we learned that Bella believed she was the protector of the house, and while she was a rescue cat, and so sweet, things changed when the chipmunk, birds, and squirrels visited the front stoop of our home!
Bella has a chipmunk friend through the window.
The Chipmunk backs up to her, rolls his eyes backward while she stares head-on at him and it happens at both our French doors and the front sidelight windows!
Our largest problem is that Bella somehow undoes the sheers from the tie downs and has her Chipmunk moment daily. An everyday battle of the SHEERS vs. BELLA takes on a whole new meaning!
Goodbye Sheers Hello Faux Wood Plantation Shutters. Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets & Privacy!
Something had to give in our home, and it was the sidelight sheers.
NO more can I deal with inadequate sidelight coverage, nor could I deal with Bella the cat and the Chipmunk ripping down the sheers each day, a few times a day.
That’s the ‘AHA’ Moment we needed.
BLINDSTER.COM Is the Solution for those seeking both privacy and window treatments for pets!
We needed to make this a DIY project that we could quickly install upon arrival at our doorstep.
Once the samples arrived, we chose the color and worked online to submit our simple measurements, it’s that fast and easy as well as painless!
DIY: Putting The Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets
Then we wondered how hard this was going to be?
What would the shutters be like when they came in the box?
Honestly, if you can wield a drill and a level, you’ve got this and we’ve done a ton of DIY, so it didn’t matter. It’s easy anyway, FYI!
Construction Time For Shutters: Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets
2 Long boxes arrived, and we set the contents on the floor, taking only about 15 minutes to construct the frame of the shutters.
I have to tell you they are so smooth to touch, with no roughness, and I know they will be easy to maintain! Goodbye to this below!
So what is the faux wood plantation shutter going to look like? Right there in front of you is the answer.
Of course, you can see the right-bent frame on the current sidelight window from Bella jumping on it to rip the sheers.
Quickly Gaining Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets: Hanging The Shutters
Just setting that shutter frame against the door meant the tides were about to change and my anticipation was growing more by the minute!
It’s exciting because we will be able to open the shutters or fully open the shutter panel. In other words, we regulate how much of the world we let in, not the sidelights!
You are going to need 2 people to hang.
Unless you McGyver a way to keep the shutter frame setting straight up while you are working on it, 2 sets of hands are better than one.
Installing Best Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets and Privacy is Super Easy
The shutters add a well-needed dimension to the room.
First, we made sure the fit was good before we began our project at night after our workdays.
See the hinges on the left?
We have pins for them and we will place the shutters in there. Get ready!
We Are Almost Done Installing the Best Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets and Privacy
Now, unfortunately, we have to let the world in one more time, before we shut it out for good! Shortly, there will be no more Buffalo Head looking in, or passerby’s on the sidewalk, or privacy invasion due to time of day!
I love the framing and this is perfect for those sidelights. Faux Wood Plantation Shutters are durable and they are the best sidelight window treatments for pets and privacy I could have hoped for!
Quick Before & After: 1/2 Best Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets Installed!
One faux plantation shutter installed!
Do make sure to check that they are level take your time because no matter what, your new DIY installation offers you the best sidelight window treatments for pets and privacy!
Mike is working on the level piece right here.
The fall of the shutter door will be affected improperly if not level.
It took minutes, and suddenly it’s done!
The one window is covered.
Best Sidelight Window Treatments For Pets and Privacy ~ Installing Pins in the faux plantation shutters
Now all the shutter pins go in. One by one. We placed one in and tested it for level and plumb.
Alas, the first one is installed, and I could not be happier!
In the image, you see the lever that will open and close the shutters.
This is where you get light or privacy. Thus, why I say these are the best sidelight window treatments for pets and privacy.
However, there are other options on the faux plantation shutter to get light and privacy.
Before + After Best Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets & Privacy! Faux Plantation Shutters
We are not done, but we have installed the first faux wood plantation shutter so, let’s reveal!
I am so happy we made this decision, it may be one of the best to date!
The sheers look, ‘cheap’, and frail, and not really durable, nor are they the answer to privacy!
Pet Owners Triumph at How Versatile The Best Sidelight Window Treatments or Pets and Privacy Really Are!
Now, look at the Faux Wood Plantation Shutter on the left.
The lever in the middle opens and closes the shutters.
There are 2 panels, and the 2 panels are ONE solid piece, allowing us to choose to open both, or we can open one and shut the other!
Last, the whole shutter opens, and I am about to show you why Pet owners everywhere can rejoice at this solution!
Bella The Cat & The Sidelight Faux Wood Plantation Shutters
Little Bella is thrilled and as soon as I open the panel during the day so she can look outside and be nebby.
Of course, I do not always open it, but it gives her the freedom to watch the chipmunk while NOT destroying my window treatments.
Also, opening a panel allows plenty of light inside, or closing it keeps it darker and cooler!
There are other times when Bella is more aggressive about looking outside and she likes to STAND On the frame of the sidelight windows. That’s fine now too because I can open them up and she is no ripping them down like our old sheers.
Pets and Looking Outside: Easy Option
Bella can spend hours here and she totally cracks me up as she thinks she is defending her house against birds and chipmunks.
She will sit in front of the new Faux Wood Plantation Shutters and whimper a bit until I open them, then she will occupy herself for hours looking out there.
I love this feature and so will you if you have you have a cat or dog who loves to look out, and you’ll soon understand why these are the best window treatment solutions for pets and privacy once you install them!
The Best Window Treatments for Privacy
By night, there is NO way I leave them open because the kids are running all over with towels after showers or from playing outdoor sports.
I just touch close them with a touch and the world gets locked outside while we are inside.
Again: Before + After Best Sidelight Window Treatment for Privacy. Faux Plantation Shutters
I have to do this, so you can see the stunning difference.
Honestly, these pictures don’t do the area justice, but I have an additional reveal shortly that will make up the difference.
A totally different DIY Project that is in the same area and makes this even more ‘WOW!’
Once I started changing the sidelight windows, I moved to the above tall window because that looked awful with the current window treatment.
Then I moved to the French Doors and multiple windows! Why not? Updating is amazingly easy and I love DIYs!
Before and After Installing the Best Sidelight Window Treatments for Pets & Privacy
Really, it’s been a work in progress, as we change up bits and pieces of the house we did not like.
There are things that came standard when we built this house but ‘the standard’ is not meeting MY Standards nor Michael’s so we are ridding them one at a time!
And now Bella can live happily ever after viewing the world from the inside out and never touching those precious pink paws to the exterior world!
The Chipmunk can visit each day and they will have the best friendship! lol! Pet life! ~ Dana XO
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