June 26, 2004

Window Coverings

Could there be anything I am less interested in learning about? No. But our two non-standard sized windows in our bedroom need something, and I need complete dark for a good night's sleep. Any experts willing to give advice? All of the precision measurements and strange lengths of what we saw at Sears when we visited gave me one ugly headache.

Do you just deal with the fact that drapes/curtains (for I truly don't know the difference) are going to be way too long? Do I have to put on seamstress hat and cutslashhem? We know that horizontal blinds are a bad idea because that's what the house came with. Cats like to poke their heads (and often bodies) between them. That leaves some discombobulated (spelling?) horizontal blinds.

Can I borrow someone's fairly drapemother and just wake up tomorrow and have this be done?


Posted by hln at June 26, 2004 02:56 PM | House and Home

Hmmm - I HATE curtains with a passion, they are always such a royal pain! It sounds like you can do one of two things.

1. Insulated custom made curtains. These are either special material with insulation "sprayed" on the back of it. Or the regular curtain material with a dense lining. I've had the first type and it really keeps the light out well. They were pinch pleats with the draw cord opening. Is Calico Corners down in St. Louis? Or Penney's used to - read years ago - have a decent curtain department that also did custom orders.

2. Less substantial curtains or maybe even just a valance and custom made room darkening roller shades. I've had these too (these you DEFINITELY must have measured professionally even if you install them yourself so you get the right width and length). Periodically they have to be taken down and "re-rolled" to tighten them up, but I liked them and they also work well. For these, check out blind stores - we have a place called Eddie Z's up here that did good work for us. I don't know if it's a chain though...

Really the only thing I dread about moving is going thru the curtain thing in a new house! I truly dislike it. I hope you can find something that works for you!

Posted by: Teresa at June 26, 2004 09:41 PM

Ugh. I'm having to deal with this myself, and I'm just as ignorant as you are. Suggestions:

1) everyone says custom drapes are better;

2) the Pottery Barn catalogs have some really nice-looking stuff in the back, though it doesn't use the most conventional hardware (which is nicest--you just go to the room and draw the drapes from one spot, without having to pull rings along a rod)--but it's got bitchin ideas for types of fabric;

3) the curtain rods in our bedroom have three layers, which is nice: a) sheers for blocking any view into the room, but still getting lots of light; b) heavier drapes, which block most light; c) some decorative-only drapes that come out only six feet from the end of each wall, so each wall is totally covered with three different types of fabric;

4) the hotels in Las Vegas and in Alaska use drapes that are coated with light-blocking material that is industrial-strength and WORKS.

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 28, 2004 03:06 AM

Those industrial-strength drapes are backed with a flame retardant rubber. Roller shades are sold with a heavy silver coating on the back to reflect heat. Both are often called blackout curtains. Hey, I used to work night shift; you learn this stuff fast.

Posted by: Drew at July 1, 2004 11:07 PM