Installing window film: a quick easy way to add privacy

Window with start window film and curtains either side
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Installing window film brings with it a host of benefits and as an added bonus it's a job any DIYer — even novices — can tackle. All you need is a simple selection of tools and a little know how, which you can find in this guide.

However, it can’t be applied to any types of windows, or more specifically the glass. Window film won’t adhere properly to textured glass that you typically find in bathrooms. You need to have a flat surface so that it sticks to the surface.

Here we take a look at the tools you need, how to install new film and a painless method for removing old window film. 

Plus, a word of not do what I did the first time I installed an expensive sheet of privacy window film, by removing the backing before you have your water and washing up mixture ready to go. As I peeled off the backing paper, it stuck to itself and I couldn’t pull it apart. The harder I tried the worse I made it. Finally I had to throw it away and waste £50. You have been warned. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.