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ernstw
ideas for glass in front door

We have an old craftsman with a large oval (18 * 28) pane of glass in the front door. I love the light but our bedroom door is right next to the front door, and we would like some more privacy. I am not too keen on putting up a curtain there, but I am open to any ideas. Thanks in advance.

A. Spruce
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ernstw wrote:

We have an old craftsman with a large oval (18 * 28) pane of glass in the front door. I love the light but our bedroom door is right next to the front door, and we would like some more privacy. I am not too keen on putting up a curtain there, but I am open to any ideas. Thanks in advance.

Please clarify, you don't want a curtain over the front door window or over your bedroom door? You don't have a door on the bedroom you can close/keep closed?

Cheapest thing would be to mount a fabric curtain over the window itself. You can do something shear or solid and it only has to be over the window. This curtain can also be operable so that it's open when you want it to be and closed when you would prefer that.

Another option would be to overlay the inside of the window with an opaque piece of glass or plexiglass which will still allow light in, yet obscure the view from the outside.

If there is no door on the bedroom, then I would suggest installing one.

dj1
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To continue Spruce's second option, you can also install a window tint film, the kind that lets light in but blocks the view from outside in, day or night.

ernstw
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Thanks for the ideas. I try to keep the door to the bedroom closed but with kids running around, it often gets left open or is opened at inopportune moments. I saw those window films ******, how well do they work? Second piece of glass may be the solution for the long term. As a follow up, would you put it in with glaze and points?

Thanks.

ernstw
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Saw the window films on google. Not sure what happened there with prior post.

A. Spruce
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ernstw wrote:

Saw the window films on google. Not sure what happened there with prior post.

The language filters edited out on-line. We have an ongoing spam problem, and it was instituted to help curb some of it.

In answer to your question about putting a second piece of glass in, I would have the glass cut to fit the window area, then use something along the lines of screen clips or mirror clips to hold it in place. This will allow you to take it out for cleaning as needed, as well as moisture won't be able to build up between the panes.

HoustonRemodeler
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You can also use glaziers points to hold in that second piece of frosted glass.

What about a spring loaded hinge on the bedroom door?

dj1
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Arrow staples can hold glass well too.

TriplexLady
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The window film is relatively inexpensive and should be easy to do. You just cut it to size and then apply. I know the old way was to spray the glass with water and use a squeegee on the film and it sticks to the window. I'm not sure if the stuff they sell now is like that or it is has adhesive on it. Either way, it is pretty easy (no glazing points needed). The big box stores sell several patterns for around $20. I bought one to "frost" my basement window so nobody can peek in and see all my tools (but I still get light)...I just have to get around to installing it...lol.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: ideas for glass in front door

If you really want a permanente solution, contact a stained glass studio and have a stained glass piece built and installed.

Jack

JLMCDANIEL
Re: ideas for glass in front door

Oh and they will probably have multiple Craftsman style designs.

Jack

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