For the past two months, I've been trying to find some sort of window coverings for the windows on the south and west of our house (master bedroom and living room.) In our bedroom, we need blinds that will block light and heat. We have a streetlight right outside, and the room gets very hot from the sun.
So, my plan for the bedroom was to get white blackout roman blinds. I found the perfect ones at Walmart, but they don't come in the right width! Apparently no one makes ready-made blinds for 34-inch wide windows. I checked with several custom blind stores, but I'm not prepared to pay $250 to $350 per window!
Then my plan changed...I was going to get white horizontal wooden (or faux wood) blinds, because those can be cut to size. This would be for all seven windows. But they don't make them long enough for the living room windows, and I still don't want to pay $80 per window. This is getting frustrating!
I really want to mount the blinds inside the window frames, because that looks much better.
We currently have cheap paper shades in the living room, and blue velvet curtains in the bedroom (well, one panel is purple).
My current plan is to get bamboo shades. Probably the roll-up variety, because it's less expensive. But KD doesn't really like those, because you can't just open the slats...and they don't block light well enough for the bedroom. But I think that's the only solution we can afford. In the bedroom, I was planning to put up white sheers over the blinds, but I can change that to thicker curtains to help block light.
Who knows what we'll end up doing. Any suggestions?