Wednesday, 29 April 2009

How do I cover seven windows?

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?

5 comments:

  1. Do you really need to hang them inside the window. If not then get the ones from Walmart and then overlap the drapery panels. If you do need to hang them inside the window, then at Lowes they have a blackout liner that can be attached to the roman wood shades ( like the one you show in the last picture ) I didn't real the instructions, but if they cost too much you can probably just buy l and then make the rest. Windows are always a real problem. Our house is like yours, we have tons of windows and so it gets really expensive. Good luck, I can't wait to see what you do. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Well I love the plantation blinds but they can be pricey! Those bamboo shades are pretty if you have the right furniture.
    sandy toe

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  3. Hi Jo
    I would make my own roman blinds that are lined with black out liner.

    Roman blinds are fairly easy to make...you can find instructions by googling it. They sell the tape that you need at Wal-mart.

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  4. The back of our house faces south and the heat we get in the windows there is really bad. I asked at "blinds to go" what type of blind would help deflect the heat the best. They advised me to get a metal venetian type blind (and they can be cut to a custom size). That's what we ended up using for the back of the house. I bought them a little at a time because they are costly but I looked at it as an investment. I tried to spread out the cost by buying one blind at a time. Once you invest in a good blind it will last a long time and blinds to go warranties their blinds for life. Some of our blinds are 8 years old but they are all still holding up well.

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  5. Hi Jo!

    I don't know if you have found window treatments or not as I am late in catching up but- they do have the 34" wide roman shades at JCPenney. I have these particular roman shades and absolutely LOVE them. Great quality and even better price.

    Here is the link:

    http://www5.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?DeptID=60156&CatID=60442&GrpTyp=STY&ItemID=1558013&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CMID=60156%7c60194&Fltr=&Srt=&QL=F&IND=1&cmVirtualCat=&CmCatId=60156|60194|60442

    You will probably just have to copy and paste the whole thing into your browser. Hope this helps!

    Your new home is looking fantastic! I love the new living room furniture!

    Your family is in my continued prayers. Poor KD!

    HUGS
    Heather:)

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