Emily Henderson Tested Temporary Window Film So You Don’t Have To

updated May 3, 2019
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Last April, Emily Henderson needed a privacy solution for her rental studio space and wound up covering individual panes with a variety of window films — which not only added fun pattern and color to the space — but also added a helpful and modern-looking window treatment. We followed up with her to hear how it’s doing months later, and whether she thought it was worth doing in the first place.

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Which Product Did You Use?

We used a combo of these different films for different effects, all from Gila Films.

How Much Did You Pay?

They are all available at Lowes and Home Depot but are around $30 per roll which is plenty to cover your window/panels

How Long Did It Take To Install?

Very quick — probably 1 hour total to do all the windows with all the different patterns.

Did You Have Any Problems Putting It On Your Surface?

We cleaned the surface really well with glass cleaner and then it went on very easily and months later it is still up there.

How Did it Look/Feel Right After You Applied It?

Looked great both the day we installed it and today.

How Long Have You Had It Up?

Since April 2016.

How Has It Held Up?

They haven’t started to peel at all, but if you did want to remove they are so easy to peel off and leave no residue as you are just adhering it with water and suction.

Would You Use This Again?


What Happened When You Removed Them?

They are still up but could be removed very easily.

Anything Else You’d Like to Add?

Love that these are so easy to put up and take down so your commitment and cost level is really low and you can always swap them out if you would like to.

Curious about other temporary adhesive products for renters? Check these out:

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Many thanks to Emily & Brady for sharing all their feedback! For the original post, check out Style By Emily Henderson.