Covering a Bathroom Window

We are remodeling a bathroom that is in a house built in 1954. It is a very small bathroom with no shower. We are installing a shower and keeping the tub and putting up the bath surround kit.


In the middle of the bathtub wall is a window. We took off the wood window seal which allows more room. My husband is going to cut the window out of the surround and seal it. How should I cover that window. Any ideas or suggestions?

By Sandy from West Columbia, SC

June 15, 20100 found this helpful

Leave the window (it's easier) and cover it with frosted glass or plastic that is used on industrial type lights (to hide the bulbs). (What I used on my bathroom window that sounds similar). You have the light, but no one can see in Have the glass cut to size, but you can probably cut the plastic yourself.

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Agree that you'll want some light in there, so go with the frosted glass concept.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

Unless he intends to add some other source of lighting, you are going to need the window. I'd suggest having him install the glass blocks which would allow light to come through, but still provide the privacy you need in a bathroom.

Good Luck with your project.


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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

I have a window in the same place. I have a expandable curtain rod across the window and pull it open when the shower is not in use. I love having a window in my bathroom. Also if anyone has metal doors or metal window frames, Target sells magnetic curtain rods and you don't have to punch a hole to hang the rods.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

Ditto on the glass block window! They are awesome for a bathroom and you can get the kind that have a small window opening with a screen for fresh air built in to them. :-)

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

This is what happened to us covering the window in our bathroom, mold started growing. Redid it and mold again. We have no bathroom fan installed and that was the problem. I found this online after the fact. The uncovered window is in the bathroom to stay.

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

Replace the whole window with glass bricks.

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

Try installing a film covering. You can buy it at Lowe's/Home Depot? It is relatively inexpensive. We have used it on our back door, front door, and a window above the front door. It lets you look outdoors but keeps anyone from looking in. We love it. I think it says in it's paperwork that it keeps out 75% of the heat. It keeps drapes, carpets, etc from fading. It is the best thing we could have done to keep out the heat as the sun shines directly on the front of our house in the am and on the back of the house in the pm. No shade on any side of the house. Good luck and I hope you find this idea helpful.

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

I've always wanted glass blocks in my bathroom,but our's is in the middle of the house & doesn't even have a window.

You could put some of that pretty peel & stick film that looks like stained glass on the window,then you could still get the light but have your privacy. I just saw some a few days ago at Home Depot between the lighting & appliance departments.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

We had much the same thing at our other house. First, we sealed the remaining wood with a marine varnish, it is made to hold up to water. We never had any problem with molding or rotting. Then, I made a curtain out of a frosted shower curtain. I simply cut it down, hemmed the top and we used a rod on top of the window which was out of the water stream of the shower. Since it covered the entire window, it kept water from pooling on the windowsill. Because it was clear, but frosted, we gained privacy and were able to keep the light. Just make sure to wipe any water from the window after each shower use to ensure that you won't have any future problems.

Our neighbor where we live now, replaced their bathroom window with a clear block window. The blocks are already put together in the shape of a window and it was installed just like a regular window. The blocks weren't glass, but plastic (making it lighter than glass block), and the window could be opened for ventilation.

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I have a window in my shower/bathtub area and it's starting to mold and mildew. How can I take that out or cover it without it looking trashy inside and outside?

By porkbubbles from TX


Covering a Bathroom Window

You could clean the window really good and apply a window tint to the window. I would choose a really dark one. (06/30/2009)

By notwrong

Covering a Bathroom Window

I have a window like you described. I got a plastic shower curtain and cut it to fit and hung it on a curtain rod. That has worked pretty good. (06/30/2009)

By kflawson

Covering a Bathroom Window

I had a window in my tub/shower before we gutted the bathroom and got rid of it. For privacy as well as preventing the problem you are having we got a thick piece of white Plexiglas and screwed it to the window molding with stainless steel screws. Of course you won't be able to open the window after this and you will really need to be rid of the mold and mildew first. But if you are able to kill off the mold and mildew, you'll be able to prevent it from coming back. (07/01/2009)

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