There are as many ways to cover up the window next to the front door as there are reasons to want the window covered. Covering the window prevents unwanted visitors from looking through into the home, thus helping to prevent potential burglaries by obstructing the view of valuable items. Covering this window also provides a sense of privacy, allowing the person inside to look out the peephole but preventing the person waiting on the doorstep from seeing inside.
Things You'll Need
- Landscaping or potted plants
- Wire (if necessary)
- Wardrobe, coat rack or grandfather clock
- Wood boards
- Paint and brushes
- Framing nails
Plant a tree or dense shrubbery in front of the window by the front door, positioning the branches in such a way that they block the window. Position the branches with wire if they do not stay in place. Alternatively, position a large potted plant as close to the window as possible. Placing a potted plant on the inside of the window may be beneficial, as well, as the plant will grow toward the sun and fill the window on its own.
Position a wardrobe, coat rack or grandfather clock next to the door so that it blocks the window from view. Set this item on the inside of the house unless using something decorative that would fit in naturally outside, such as an old wooden canoe or a piece of antique farm equipment.
Create filler blocks that block the window from view by cutting a wood board or boards to fit the window opening. Paint the blocks the same color as the interior wall of the entryway, then set them in place over the window. Secure them in position by hammering a few framing nails around their edges and into the edge of the window well.
Install functional, nondecorative shutters on the window. This method works well if you want to be able to quickly cover and uncover the window.
Tips & Warnings
- Shades, blinds and curtains are options in addition to these more atypical solutions.
- Window film also can be added to the window to prevent a clear view of the interior.
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