The rising importance of safety and privacy on account of the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has left the society to deal with unprecedented times. The nature of the virus has caused a massive threat to many lives. In order to cope and adapt to the situation, everyone has had to revaluate their lifestyle and the degree of precaution they exercise whilst in public. The pandemic has led to the realization of the importance of a well planned and organised home. What this means is that the imposition of lockdowns has led people to confine themselves within the corners of their homes. Naturally, when such a situation presents itself, people are incentivized to make the best out of their home for comfort and safety.
Working from home or online education has become an integral part of everyone’s routine. People also have to resort to doing other things at home that under normal circumstances, would be done outside. Under these circumstances, where you spend a lot of time in your home, the need for privacy increases tenfold. The concern for health has also become quite apparent, making safety a key priority for homes. It is not just because of the virus, but the fact that the virus has increased awareness for society to take precautions against anything that can harm them. Some of these common problems are pollution, rodents, mosquito infestation and things like termites and mold.
It is important to know that while you’re at home, it also means that your neighbours are at home as well. So anything you say and do can be seen or heard by them and vice versa. You might get distracted by hearing the people next door or seeing them through your window while having an important business meeting. You will also want to make sure that your private conversations remain private as well.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can keep the affairs of your home private. The best options are usually powerful window treatments that offer privacy. There are other ancillary methods as well, which will be discussed below.
Window treatments that offer privacy
- Sheer shades – The main issue with window treatments that offer privacy is that they might also block the sunlight that enters through your windows. However, sheer shades are different. Because of the translucent fabric of sheer shades, they allow natural light to enter your rooms. This reduces your dependence on artificial lighting. Natural sunlight is a good source of vitamin D and makes it easier for you to keep potted plants inside your home. The best part is that you can get all these benefits without having to sacrifice your privacy, as sheer shades function similarly to blinds, in that they can be closed when needed, allowing you to enjoy privacy. To anybody outside your home, the only thing they can possibly see are silhouettes of objects and people.
- Faux wooden blinds – Faux wooden blinds give you the look and feel of authentic wooden blinds while also giving you the flexibility and durability of PVC blinds. They offer great privacy, blocking of harsh sunlight and glare while also adding tremendous aesthetic value to your home.
- Cellular shades – These shades are also known as honeycomb shades because they consist of hexagonal pockets called “honeycombs,” that cage warm air when it comes into contact with them. Although they are primarily known for their insulation capabilities, the structure and design of cellular shades make them good for providing privacy as well. They can allow natural sunlight to enter while keeping things private. They are also extremely energy efficient because they assist in reducing heating and cooling costs.
- Blackout curtains – Blackout curtains are made out of opaque fabric that is usually dyed into dark colors. The primary purpose of it is to completely darken your room to make it perfect for resting, during the day or night. They work really well for bedrooms, nurseries, and dens. As an extension, this opaque material makes it impossible for people to look inside your home. What is also noteworthy is the fact that these curtains have the ability to absorb noise. If you live on a busy street this can be very useful to you.
- Floor Length Draperies – Floor length draperies are stylish and bring a sense of grandeur to your home. They are also extremely versatile with respect to fabric, color, textures and designs which allows you to play around with different combinations to find what you like best for your home. Their privacy features are on par with some of the best window coverings on the market. The fact they are floor-length addresses your privacy concerns even further.
4 Other Ways of Ensuring Privacy and Safety
Leaving it all up to your window treatments might be a tad bit cumbersome. There are also times when you may have to keep your curtains, blinds or shades open. At times like that, here is what you can do –
- Optimal placement of plants – You can place your plants right outside your window in such a way that they block the view of anyone who wants to get a look of what is going on inside. This allows you to draw your curtains open without fear. This also accentuates your view. People often adopt this strategy on the balconies in their apartments or on their front yards.
- Fencing – Fencing is a long-term investment that can pay off. They ensure safety and privacy. You can erect a fence on your own or with your family with the help of an authentic guide, or you can also seek some professional help.
- Sealing window frames – Sealing your window and door frames prevents insects from entering your home. They also prevent leakage whenever it rains. While sealing upgrades the safety of your home, it also reduces the amount of noise that comes in or goes out, keeping things private as well. There are many ways you can seal your frames, usually with caulk, different types of foam or tape. Make sure you understand the process before getting into it.
- Surveillance – Installing a camera or two outside your home doesn’t hurt. People don’t want to be caught peeping. You never know when they might come in handy.
Evaluate your home’s needs (other than privacy), which may include blocking of sunlight (or allowing natural light to enter), insulation and aesthetic value. Draw up a budget and find the optimal window treatment that can help your privacy needs along with other concerns as well. Under certain situations you can include the other aforementioned measures in addition to your selected window treatment.