IKEA Cabinet Doors With Glass Panels Need Privacy

Updated July 31, 2013 – A number of owners of IKEA cabinets with large glass panels in the cabinet door(s), have asked for ideas on how to hide the contents of the cabinet.  (This answer is applicable to IKEA cabinets and all other furniture with glass doors or panels.)  This is a problem easily resolved with Wallpaper For Windows.

There are a number of Wallpaper For Windows patterns that can be used to add privacy to glass cabinet doors.  Frosted is opaque and will completely block the view of anything inside the cabinet.  The other designs are translucent, they obscure visibility through the glass.  Items close to the cabinet doors can be seen better than items further from the glass.

For most cabinets, a small pattern or solid color is recommended.  Privacy window films such as AustinEverleaf, Eden Privacy and Pebble Privacy are the most popular small pattern designs.  (Only use privacy stained glass designs if the cabinet has lights.  Stained glass colors require back lighting.)

Wallpaper For Windows can be applied to the inside or outside of the glass.  Usually it is best to apply the film to the outside of the glass, but it can be applied to the inside.  By applying it to the outside, you eliminate any glare or reflection from coming off the glass.  Applying it to the inside will still provide privacy, but the glass can still reflect glare and light in the room.

If you use the trim-to-size service, decide if you will be placing the film on the inside or the outside (recommended) as the glass is often sized differently inside vs outside.

You will find this to be a very easy project.  Enjoy.

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One thought on “IKEA Cabinet Doors With Glass Panels Need Privacy

  1. Anne Edwards says:

    This is just the info I needed. I have corner cabinets with glass panels in my dining room. I don’t like that you could see everything that I have in them. I never knew there was wall paper for windows. I usually like to check out the McGraw-Hill Construction website for information when I need it, but I’m so glad I came across your blog. Thanks!

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