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Obscure Glass Windows

Obscure glass windows are the perfect solution for maintaining privacy while enjoying great light levels and stylish obscure glass designs.

You can choose the obscure glass options that are most fitting for your home and design style, with obscurity levels from one to five providing the exact measure of privacy that you require.

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What is obscure glass?

Obscure glass describes any kind of glazing, whether for doors or windows, that distorts or obscures the view through the glass. It comes in a variety of different designs and patterns, and with several levels of obscurity so that you can find the ideal solution for your requirements. 

Obscure glass windows can be used in various places around the home where you want the benefit of natural light coming into a space, but don’t want clear glazing. Due to the various styles and levels available, you can choose from very slight distortion right through to where things on the other side are completely hidden from view. 

Commonly used in bathroom windows to maintain privacy, obscure glass can essentially be used anywhere in the home that there is glass, including internally as a design style choice. With many people living in more open-plan spaces now, obscure window glass patterns can also be used to help divide or zone certain areas within the home, and can be anything from purely practical to highly decorative. And this versatile type of glazing can also be used to help provide more light in darker areas of the home, without compromising on privacy.

obsure glass in the bathroom

Types of textured glass

Our obscure glass options include a huge range of different choices, ranging from subtle, lightly frosted glass to beautiful obscure window glass patterns with texture, that are a real design feature. Our current range of different obscure glass designs and textures can be viewed below:

Long-lasting obscure glass windows and doors

When shopping for obscure glazing, you’ll want to be assured that the windows or doors are durable enough to stand up to the rigours of daily life and will last. All of our glazing and installations are guaranteed for your peace of mind, and as a CERTASS registered company, we strive to deliver only the best quality products and services to every customer.

Why choose Manchester Window Factory for obscure glazing windows?

In addition to guarantees for our products and installation, we’re a specialist team with many years of experience in delivering the best possible glazing solutions for our customers. You can take a look at our case studies to see some of our past projects and also see what our customers think about the service we provide.  We pride ourselves on offering high-quality products and services and we’re committed to excellent communication, as well as the highest possible standards of workmanship.

Obsure glass window downstairs

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Design and Installation Services


We are passionate about what we do. We will take the time to go through the ideal design specification to best suit your property and budget. We're not interested in sitting in your house for hours on end offering silly 'deals'.


All of our installers are directly employed by us and are paid a fixed salary. Unlike most other companies who use sub-contractors, our teams are given the time to ensure that your project is completed to the most exacting standards

Peace of Mind

All IBGs are NOT the same. As members of The Consumer Protection Association, our insurance backed guarantee covers 100% of the contract value. Many of our competitors offer IBGs covering as little as 25%. We are a Certass registered company.

Obscure glass FAQs

We’ve compiled some of the questions that we’re commonly asked about obscure glass windows and doors and answered them below. If you can’t find the information you want here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team using the form at the bottom of this page.

How obscure glass designs are made will depend on the specific obscure glass options you want. For example, frosted glass is made by sandblasting or acid etching one side of the glass, making it more opaque while still allowing light through. Textured glass is made differently, by using rollers that have the pattern cut into them. Heated glass is fed through these rollers so that the pattern is transferred to the surface of the glass, resulting in textured glazing that can be used in windows and doors. 

Frosted glass is considered to be one type of obscure glass, having some transparency and allowing lots of light through, but there are many other kinds too. Other kinds of obscure glass windows and doors might contain textured glass, available with different levels of obscurity to suit specific needs.

How much you can see through obscure glass at night will very much depend on the specific obscure glass designs used. If the level of obscurity is high, then even with a light on in the room with the obscure glass, anyone on the other side of it will only be able to see vague shapes and movement through the window or door. 

If you have chosen a lower level of obscurity, it can be possible to see more of what is on the other side at night if there is a light on, but it won’t be anywhere near the visibility of clear glass.

There are many different kinds of obscure glass, including everything from simple frosted glass to highly detailed designs on textured glass. These could be geometric patterns, swirls, waves, or more nature-led designs such as florals and leaves. The kind of obscure glass that you choose will depend on your personal preference and the style of your home. 

Whether you want a contemporary look or want something classic and traditional, there are obscure glass designs to suit your needs.

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