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Gr8dame Tue 02-Jun-20 06:19:03

My DM has dementia and lives in a ground floor apartment with a very large patio style window which is set slightly below street level.
Does anyone know if there is a protective film I can put on the glass that will allow her to see out but stop passers by seeing in? I’ve tried net curtains and vertical blinds but she just trashes them saying they make the room too dark. I need
to find something which won’t block out the light.

Willow500 Tue 02-Jun-20 06:23:46

There are several firms online which do self adhesive film. I've used it on some small conservatory windows to try and block out the sun. It does affect the light a little and your mum probably wouldn't be able to see out which might have been another reason she didn't like the nets. It's fairly easy to apply but for a big patio door you might need another pair of hands. Check out the videos on YouTube which are a good source of information.

HAZBEEN Tue 02-Jun-20 18:16:53

You can get window film that acts like one way glass. It means if its lighter outside than in you can see out but they cant see in. The only thing is if you put the light on at night and don't draw the curtains everyone can see in to your house clearly!
It is on Amazon amongst others but be aware its not that easy to install without practise, its very easy to get bubbles or creases. If you can practised on a small window or even just a piece of glass first and follow the instructions.

bikergran Wed 03-Jun-20 07:53:04

Have a look at Argos day and night roller blinds.
product number 446/9489 think they do black and grey.

Lock Wed 03-Jun-20 10:18:46

This is the sort of thing you probably need.

jaylucy Wed 03-Jun-20 10:19:30

Wilkinsons do this film. It is called static cling adhesive film and comes in either a frosted finish or with different patterns and you can buy it online from the Decorating and DIY department, with the sticky back plastic.

gustheguidedog Wed 03-Jun-20 10:40:30

Try this pet

Beloulou Wed 03-Jun-20 10:45:10

@Gr8dame, My sister has this film on her kitchen window. It’s excellent and she is very please. She got hers from Wilkinson’s.

donna1964 Wed 03-Jun-20 10:50:41

If you type in 'Film for Windows Privacy' on Ebay you will find a selection at reasonable prices.

Squiffy Wed 03-Jun-20 11:20:48

There was a thread recently which had a link to this company:

Not cheap, but it sounds really good!

grandtanteJE65 Wed 03-Jun-20 12:05:46

We used this kind of film on a toilet window with success.

To apply it well, without wrinkles, wipe the window pane with undiluted washing-up liquid first.

The film makes so little difference to the light coming in that I doubt your mother will notice it and it will stop people seeing inside her flat.

Anywhere that sells wallpaper should stock it, or be able to get it in for you.

MissTree Wed 03-Jun-20 12:08:44

Can you see through it to the outside, grandetante ?

lizzypopbottle Wed 03-Jun-20 12:12:14

You can choose from lots of window film patterns. Most will obscure the view from outside but if you choose carefully you can have gaps at different looking out heights.

MissAdventure Wed 03-Jun-20 12:14:44

The mirror effect film only works during the day.

There are others, which are opaque, which blur the view from inside and out.

MissAdventure Wed 03-Jun-20 12:17:36

NotSpaghetti Wed 03-Jun-20 13:39:26

I used this years ago when I worked in refuge. It was expensive then - but the quality of light/vision from the inside was excellent.

Make sure you are careful with fitting and you will forget it is there.

Good luck!

NotSpaghetti Wed 03-Jun-20 13:40:39

My daughter has an opaque one in a downstairs loo. I would not recommend opaque here or your mother will not like it.

MissAdventure Wed 03-Jun-20 13:43:54

I have it on my kitchen window, just the bottom half.

Patsytaylor Wed 03-Jun-20 18:16:51

Rabitgoo self adhesive film off Amazon