Creating an inviting atmosphere and ensuring privacy for your vacation rental guests starts with the right window treatments. The good news is you don’t have to be a professional interior designer to choose beautiful, functional window coverings that make your guests feel right at home. The key is to weigh the pros and cons of different options to help you decide what’s best for your space. Here’s a comparison of blinds, curtains, shutters, and shades for your Airbnb.


Blinds come in vertical and horizontal versions, with adjustable slats that allow for light control and privacy. They are available in many varieties, including aluminum mini-blinds, stained wood blinds, and classic white faux wood blinds.


  • Cost-effective and durable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Excellent light control


  • May appear less luxurious (in the case of mini-blinds)
  • Limited insulating and noise reduction capabilities


Curtains involve swaths of fabric on one or both sides of the window, which can be opened or closed to suit different situations. These window treatments come in various lengths, fabrics, and patterns, allowing you to match them to your rental’s decor.


  • Wide range of design options
  • Better noise reduction
  • Insulation against the heat or cold (in the case of heavy fabrics)


  • Gather dust and dirt
  • Higher investment (for premium fabrics)


Shutters add a classic touch to your rental property, providing guests with privacy and light control in a stylish way. White plantation shutters are a particularly popular style.


  • Long-lasting and sturdy
  • Add to property value
  • Privacy and light control


  • Higher upfront cost
  • May require professional installation


Shades are a favorite Airbnb window treatment. They come in endless colors and patterns, with popular styles including roller, Roman, and transition shades.


  • Sleek, minimalist designs
  • Excellent light filtering and privacy capabilities
  • Energy-efficient options available


  • Can be expensive, depending on the material
  • May be difficult to clean, depending on the type

Making Your Decision

When finalizing the window treatment selection for your vacation rental, consider each room’s function, the desired level of privacy, potential light control needs, and your budget. Mix and match the options above to cater to different spaces within your rental property for the best guest experience.

When New Window Treatments Won’t Cut it, Install All-New Windows

Sometimes, enhancing your rental goes beyond updating the decor and requires replacing the windows themselves. When it’s time for an upgrade, turn to Window Depot USA of Raleigh, North Carolina. With over a decade of experience, our family-owned business can increase the comfort, curb appeal, and property value of your rental property with energy-efficient double- and triple-pane windows. We make upgrading easy with affordable financing options and superior customer service. Don’t let old windows detract from your rental’s appeal—contact us at (919) 801-2506 for your free window replacement quote.