Bathroom Window Options

Updated February 21, 2017

The bathroom window must allow light to pass through so that you can keep your electricity bills down by utilising natural light, but it also needs to allow privacy. You can use several different bathroom window options to make your bathroom window look appealing, allow the light to shine through and help maintain your privacy. Some bathroom window ideas may require professional installation, so be sure to plan your idea and create a budget before starting.

Glass Block

Consider several advantages to installing a glass block window in your bathroom. The glass block is energy efficient as it prevents heated or cooled air from escaping, and it protects against the outside elements like a standard two-pane sealed window. Many people consider glass block to be very attractive as a window material, and that can add value to your bathroom. Glass block also allows privacy by offering frosted block, or a block that distorts the view so much that you can't see anything through the windows. Discuss glass block installation with a professional if you are unfamiliar with how to install it yourself.

Window Frosting

Window frosting allows light to shine through and allows for decorative designs on your bathroom window while giving you privacy. Window frosting kits are available that allow you to cut out any design you would like in the form of a frost decal and install it on your window. Other forms of window frosting include acid-based frosting or sand blasting. You can remove the decal kits, but acid and sand blasting are permanent. If you do decide to go with acid or sand blasting, use safety procedures, such as wearing work gloves and goggles. Practice on a pane of glass first before trying it on your window.


If you prefer the standard bathroom window, cover your window with curtains. Using a white sheer as your bathroom window treatment gives you privacy and allows sunlight to enter the room as well. If you live in an area that has cold winters, consider thicker curtains during the cold season. Decide on a colour scheme for your bathroom, and make sure any curtains or valences match up with your design ideas.

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George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.