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pseudotriton ruber ruber
12-19-2009, 04:46 AM
This thread (http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=544452) reminded me that I have an interior design question that I don't know the answer to: has there been invented a window treatment that allows one to look out of one's window while NOT allowing outside viewers to look in?

Here is my situation: I have a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline from my dining room and kitchen BUT I often wake up in the morning in whatever I was sleeping in (often nothing) and wish to poke around in the kitchen, make coffee, etc. in a state of dress that will alarm any passing neighbor who peers in. (Outside my window is a walkway to other apartments in my high-rise, empty space for about 23 hours and 55 minutes per day, but it's those other 5 minutes I'm concerned about.)

For years, I just kept the skyline blocked off with heavy drapes, but that seems a shame to me--the ideal would be some sort of treatment that lets me look out but doesn't let passersby look in. Does this exist?

Wesley Clark
12-19-2009, 04:55 AM
http://ehow.com/how_13729_select-window-treatments.html

http://homesolutions123.net/WindowIdeas

They have a variety of ideas.

The Urban Spaceman
12-19-2009, 05:12 AM
One-way mirror film is your answer. It reflects a percentage of sunlight to appear mirrored from the outside during daylight hours (example (http://gpwindowfilms.com/image-files/solar-heat-control-window-film-schering-plough.jpg)), but lets enough through so you can see outside. Note however that at night, without this reflected sunlight, a lit interior will become visible again, so curtains are still necessary. It also adds a slight blueish tint when looking out in the daytime.

I've also seen similarly mirrored blinds, as a more flexible solution.

Richard Pearse
12-19-2009, 06:03 AM
Our next door neighbour has mirrored windows, you can't see anything inside them during the day.

Chief Pedant
12-19-2009, 06:21 AM
This art design concept for using one-way glass for a public toilet made the news a while ago:

http://snopes.com/photos/arts/toilet.asp#photo

Note that such a solution for your windows does not prevent the sight of you from injuring those inside your home...

LouisB
12-19-2009, 08:38 AM
If you're that concerned about being busted, put on a robe.

pseudotriton ruber ruber
12-19-2009, 08:54 AM
interesting defnition of "window treatment."

LouisB
12-19-2009, 09:12 AM
interesting defnition of "window treatment."I guess I meant the OP should put the robe over the window. Or something. Gimme a break; I'm old and my mind gets cloudy from time to time.

Zsofia
12-19-2009, 09:13 AM
The neighbors have just learned not to look in our windows, because the boyfriend is in his underwear 97% of the time and the structural integrity of his underwear is... questionable.

The Weird One
12-19-2009, 09:39 AM
The neighbors have just learned not to look in our windows, because the boyfriend is in his underwear 97% of the time and the structural integrity of his underwear is... questionable.
I believe this to be a permanent condition of boyfriends.

OP, I'd go with the mirrored window film. The manufacturer's instructions should include spraying the window with a dilute soap solution just prior to applying the film, and using a squeegee to adhere the film tightly against the glass. Be generous with the soap solution and press hard on the squeegee - it'll help prevent air bubbles from getting trapped between the glass and film, which would interfere with the view.

ZenBeam
12-19-2009, 10:25 AM
This art design concept for using one-way glass for a public toilet made the news a while ago:

http://snopes.com/photos/arts/toilet.asp#photo

Note that such a solution for your windows does not prevent the sight of you from injuring those inside your home...You could freak someone out by just staring as if you could see them.

aceplace57
12-19-2009, 10:35 AM
The newer low E windows with UV coatings, argon gas etc. block people from seeing in. Although, it's still a good idea not to turn lights on in the room.

BigT
12-19-2009, 06:23 PM
Is there anything close to those sunglasses that have logos on one side, but appear as normal sunglasses on the other? Those work, even at night.

In fact, regular tinted windows work at night. You might want to look into combining that with the other suggestions.

ZipperJJ
12-19-2009, 07:21 PM
I was pondering this very question one time and I also landed on the "two way mirror" idea.

But then I thought...my city probably would make me take them down. Seems like something a city or a suburb would regulate against because of the glare it would cause for drivers. Not that every house is situated where headlights would hit its windows, but in my little neighborhood there are 5 intersections where I know my headlights hit the windows of the houses across the street.

Does this sound like a real concern or no?

twickster
12-19-2009, 07:27 PM
Not to the OP, who's on the 17th floor.

ZipperJJ
12-19-2009, 07:59 PM
Not to the OP, who's on the 17th floor.

Well duh :p But I am asking if people think this might be something that would be banned or at least regulated by some cities in general, for the reason I came up with.

Peter Morris
12-19-2009, 08:03 PM
There's this marvelous invention I've seen which allows people on the inside to see out, but stops people on the outside from seeing in. It's called "net curtains."

janeslogin
12-20-2009, 11:21 AM
It reads as if curtains or drapes up to the waist or shoulder level would allow viewing from inside out both day and night and prevent the cantankerous grievous objections to anything seen viewing from outside in.

Gala Matrix Fire
12-20-2009, 11:41 AM
Thank you for starting this thread. I've been wanting to know this myself, since I like to walk around naked and I also like as much sunlight coming into my house as possible.

pseudotriton ruber ruber
12-20-2009, 11:45 AM
Really? And how are YOU doin'?

You're welcome, BTW.

ChrisBooth12
12-20-2009, 03:56 PM
I was pondering this very question one time and I also landed on the "two way mirror" idea.

But then I thought...my city probably would make me take them down. Seems like something a city or a suburb would regulate against because of the glare it would cause for drivers. Not that every house is situated where headlights would hit its windows, but in my little neighborhood there are 5 intersections where I know my headlights hit the windows of the houses across the street.

Does this sound like a real concern or no?

There is a building in downtown sacramento that has the coating on the windows and when you are east bound on I-80 with the sun in just the right spot it is one of the biggest retina hurters I have seen, the solar panals on the roof are especially bad

Rigamarole
12-21-2009, 12:53 AM
In fact, regular tinted windows work at night. You might want to look into combining that with the other suggestions.

Yes, this is what I would prefer if the building codes allow it. You can get windows tinted the same way as a limousine's. Then you don't even have to worry about turning lights on, nobody will ever be able to see in (unless they press their face right up against the glass).

Tibby or Not Tibby
12-21-2009, 03:42 AM
You could freak someone out by just staring as if you could see them.

Indeed, a fun Candid Camera bit would be to have a little girl scream while pointing at one of those glass enclosed public toilets about 10 seconds after someone goes in, with the quickly encircling crowd looking something like this (http://metalinsider.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/shocked-crowd-300x225.jpg). :eek:

Q.N. Jones
12-21-2009, 06:08 AM
I just went to Target and bought some sheer ivory curtain panels for around $5 each. They let in a lot of light and allow me to see out. But, when looking into my house from the street (about 25 feet to the curb), I could not see enough detail to know whether someone inside was naked or not (thought I could see the person).

Serenata67
12-21-2009, 09:49 AM
In the bathroom of my house, we have some plantation shutters (http://shuttermaster.co.uk/images/cafe-style-large.jpg) like this, where they only cover half the window. While sitting on the commode, I can still look out my window, and when standing, only my head is showing out the window.

Anaamika
12-21-2009, 10:07 AM
You don't even have to want to walk around naked to want something like this. I want my curtains open all the time but the SO has this fear that someone will see our big screen TV or our stuff and break in. I say, they would anyway, but I know I will never win this battle.

Some good ideas in here. Thank you.

pan1
12-21-2009, 10:21 AM
I was pondering this very question one time and I also landed on the "two way mirror" idea.

But then I thought...my city probably would make me take them down. Seems like something a city or a suburb would regulate against because of the glare it would cause for drivers. Not that every house is situated where headlights would hit its windows, but in my little neighborhood there are 5 intersections where I know my headlights hit the windows of the houses across the street.

Does this sound like a real concern or no?

Not a real concern for most people. Most cities have no regulation regarding the reflectivity of windows. Neighborhood covenants however may restrict just about anything.

Homes are usually placed so as to never have a car on a road shining it's headlight right at the house. People think about these things when deciding where to put houses and roads, really, they do. If it's unavoidable due to road curvature - hedges.

SCSimmons
12-21-2009, 10:54 AM
Is there anything close to those sunglasses that have logos on one side, but appear as normal sunglasses on the other? Those work, even at night.
Unless your anatomy is very, very different from mine, your sunglasses are never backlit. That's the problem with windows at night--the lights on inside reflect from interior objects and then out the windows, rendering them visible to outside observers. This would happen with your sunglasses as well, if you somehow inserted a bright light source between the glasses and your eyes. (A procedure I'm not recommending, by the way. :) )

Harmonious Discord
12-21-2009, 11:28 AM
Well duh :p But I am asking if people think this might be something that would be banned or at least regulated by some cities in general, for the reason I came up with.

This summer we discussed people with tin foil in windows and the glare it produces which can be blinding. i won't be searching for the thread.

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