This $12 Innovative Amazon Find Will Give You Some Much-Needed Privacy and Is Easy to Install

This $12 Innovative Amazon Find Will Give You Some Much-Needed Privacy and Is Easy to Install

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When considering the most important feature in any room, windows are definitely near the top of the list. They provide a look out into the world, keeping us connected to nature, helping reduce stress and regulating our biological clocks. At Apartment Therapy, we love a good window; that’s why we have articles on how to dress one up and the best blackout curtains for every season. But just as often, windows can offer outsiders a look into our homes, disrupting the sense of privacy we value so much. Fortunately, Amazon has a solution — I mean, when does it not? For just $12, the Coavas window privacy film promises to keep potential snoopers away, which can be especially helpful when living in close proximity to neighbors or in a high-volume neighborhood.

Although I typically feel safe at home, my affinity for true crime podcasts and general reality as a woman can sometimes stir feelings of paranoia over the possibility of someone getting access to my most private spaces. Other Amazon shoppers share this sentiment and credit the window privacy film with alleviating some of these fears. “Had some windows at the front door that were completely see-through and needed to cover it up so I could avoid being surprised by whatever’s on the other side of the door,” a customer wrote. “I’ve always had a fear that one day I would walk by the front door and someone would be peering through the clear windows into the house.” Relatable, am I right, ladies?

In all seriousness though, the window privacy film is good for a multitude of things. For one, those who have a more minimal home decor style will enjoy this product because it removes the need for blinds and curtains. I must admit, although I haven’t personally tried this film, the mere thought of not having to dust my blinds is tempting me to press “add to cart.” Even pets seem to experience a more peaceful existence with the addition of this home feature. “We have two long windows framing our front door, and we wanted to add the film so that our dogs don’t bark by everyone walking down the street,” one customer shared. More tempting still.

The film also guarantees complete glare removal, as well as “heat insulation in the summer and heat preservation in the winter.” Those who bought it praise its easy application and removability in addition to its subtle appearance. “It’s thick and does a nice job allowing light to filter through with a nice white glow,” one reviewer wrote. Available in 15 different dimensions, the UV-blocking film is fit for a multitude of window sizes. To apply, wet your window with water, place the film on top, making sure to scrape out any bubbles, and dry the surface.

All in all, I can appreciate any product that makes a home feel safer and more economical without sacrificing visual appeal. It appears this privacy film does all of that, and for an unbelievably low cost.

I Struggled to Stay Warm in My Drafty Apartment Until I Discovered This $14 Amazon Solution

I Struggled to Stay Warm in My Drafty Apartment Until I Discovered This $14 Amazon Solution

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Probably the biggest flex about my current apartment is that it has absolutely massive windows. And don’t get me wrong, I love the sunlight and fresh air those windows bring in the summer. But the winter is a completely different story. During the colder months, these beautiful windows can make my apartment very chilly. And the building is on the old side, so I can, on occasion, feel the outside wind. (I may or may not have found actual snow inside my apartment during the last storm.) So I’ve been on the lookout for something to better insulate my apartment without ruining the aesthetic for a while, and that’s when I found MIKOSI Draft Stopper Adhesive Tape on Amazon. As soon as it arrived, I stuck this transparent silicone tape to my drafty windows and noticed an immediate difference.

I love how easy to install and renter-friendly this tape is. And at $14 for 35 mm, you can’t beat the price. To apply the tape, just cut it to the length you need and peel the adhesive back away, then stick it on your window frame or door. The tape is thick enough to block outside air instantly. And it comes in three different length options, so you can order how much you think you’ll need.

The tape has almost 3,500 five-star ratings. Whether living in an old house or suffering a particularly harsh winter, reviewers can’t get enough of this product. “Put this on the front door and our French doors in the parlor, the draft was unbelievable before putting up … now no draft,” one reviewer wrote.

Because its clear (there are also black and brown versions), the tape hides nicely on the black frame of my windows. I will say the tape is slightly cloudy like you see in the product pictures, so it won’t be completely invisible. But it won’t attract attention to itself and can be removed very easily.

No matter how cold it is outside, you shouldn’t have to suffer through the cold inside as well. Take it from me, this tape is an easy solution to a drafty apartment that you’ll wish you’d found sooner.

Buy: MIKOSI Draft Stopper Adhesive Tape, $13.69 for 35 mm

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With five children, Shifrah is learning a thing or two about how to keep a fairly organized and pretty clean house with a grateful heart in a way that leaves plenty of time for the people who matter most. Shifrah grew up in San Francisco, but has come to appreciate smaller town life in Tallahassee, Florida, which she now calls home. She’s been writing professionally for twenty years and she loves lifestyle photography, memory keeping, gardening, reading, and going to the beach with her husband and children.