How to: maintain privacy in an apartment block

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If you live in an apartment block or in a high density area, it can be a challenge to make it through the day without giving your neighbours an eyeful of your netheregions through your display-all windows!

It’s particularly challenging if you have an inward facing balcony or if your bathroom windows match perfectly with your over-the-road neighbour’s across an air shaft.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your decency in tact and respect your fellow apartment block dwellers who have no choice but to eyeball your apartment as they go about their day.

Place a curtain around your bed

If you live in a studio apartment with lots of windows it can be pretty difficult to escape the eyes of the public. Get a thin curtain to hang around your bed so you can get a little privacy when you turn in for the night. That way you don’t have to worry about your blanket slipping off in the night and revealing to the word that you sleep commando.

Be aware of peak times

I live in a small apartment with an inward facing balcony and I know exactly what golden times I can duck out in my towel to grab some clean underwear off the drying rack without the dude from upstairs copping an eyeful. Golden times do not include 8am when he leaves for work or 6pm when he comes home and it’s certainly not on a Saturday when parades of visitors tramp up and down the halls that provide a perfect birds eye view into our living room.

Prime times for semi-clad dashes are usually between work hours or when it’s dark. I generally avoid lying on the couch in my underwear with the curtains open during peak times too. It’s just good manners.

Invest in privacy screens

One of the major problems with keeping the curtains closed is that you lose all your natural  light and air. If you don’t want to be living in a cave, consider investing in a few privacy screens. You can get cheap and simple screens from furniture stores and discount outlets and they’ll provide you with the privacy you need to watch television in your onesie without  anyone disturbing your moment of tranquility.

You can also buy inexpensive bamboo screens from hardware stores to keep on your balcony if you need a little extra coverage when you’re outside.

Turn the lights off

People from outside your apartment can see the most at night when you have the lights on. I know this because I never notice the apartment across the hallway in my complex until the sun goes down, the lights go on and it’s like my own private reality show.

If you want to keep your curtains open in the evening while still keeping your privacy it’s best to opt for low light or no light. Your neighbours will barely see anything in the flickering light of the television or a dim lamp but be aware that a standard ceiling light turned on might as well be a flood light with a buzzing neon sign. Your neighbours can and will see everything…

Tint your windows & doors

If you own your apartment thnI strongly recommend considering mirror tinting. It not only reduces your heating expenses but also cuts down on glare inside your home. The best perk however is that passers by will not be able to see inside your house without pressing their noses right up against the glass. It provides the ultimate privacy solution for small apartment block living.