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I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street.

I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily see the insides of my apartment - it's ok if people looking into the room from the street you can see the outline/shadow of people who are inside. I have some pull-down blinds (similar to http://made2style.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/dsc_03271.jpg) which can block the view but these also prevent the sunlight from coming into the rooms. Ideally I could block the view but allow some sunlight to still pass through.

Any suggestions on how to go about doing this? As I am just renting I'm looking for a simple solution - perhaps some kind of screen which I can temporarily prop up against the window?

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What kind of blinds do you have, and did you try adjusting them so the slats point up towards the sun? –  BMitch Jul 6 at 11:19
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Venetian or 1" mini blinds seems like what you need, that's what BMitch is referring to. –  Jack Jul 6 at 13:20
    
I currently have pull-down blinds on the windows rather than venetian blinds (just edited question to reflect this). –  Bob Jul 17 at 7:56
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Sheer curtains are the traditional solution... –  keshlam Jul 17 at 13:44

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Static-cling (clean window, apply with water and a supplied squeegee, no actual adhesive, peels off when you leave without a fight) "stained glass" plastic films are available. They look pretty much as good or bad as you make them look, which is mostly a matter of how carefully you cut the edges. I did a bathroom over with them this spring, and it's a huge improvement over the blinds it used to have. The particular version/brand I used was "ArtScape" and it was found most affordably via Amazon, though HD does carry some of the patterns, but at a higher price.

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Why not use cellular shades?

cellular shade

They are fairly cheap, easy to install, admit a good amount of light and obscure the view.

They are also available with a top down feature (for extra money) that allows you to lower the top portion to allow in light but block the view from a parallel point.

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bib - obviously just trying to sell some blinds on the side. –  DMoore Jul 17 at 13:31
    
@DMoore If I got a nickel for every product I linked or illustrated, I could buy this site! (And think how rich Tester101 would be!!) –  bib Jul 17 at 13:50

Not sure what's available in your area, but a quick google search turned up a bunch of privacy window films. Home depot offers films from Gila, in a variety of styles.

  • Privacy Control Frosted
  • Privacy Control Black
  • Privacy Control Mirror
  • Privacy Control Rice Paper
  • Privacy Control Crackled Glass
  • Privacy Control Mosaic

I'm sure there are many other manufacturers of similar products, this was just the first I found.

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It is my understanding that you do not want to use the reflective type films on dual/triple pane windows that are filled with an inert gas and sealed around the edges. The reflective film supposedly can cause the window to heat up to the point where the gas expands to the point of blowing out the seals. –  Michael Karas Jul 6 at 14:33

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