Asked on May 13, 2017

Are there any DIY blind solutions I can build?

DebbieBarbHillela G.
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I live in the desert southwest and have windows that face the sun in the hottest part of the day . I actually removed a sliding patio door due to heat but cannot remove my windows! Blinds are so costly to purchase. I was wondering if there are other DIY solutions/builds. Thanks for reading
4 answers
    • Debbie
      on May 14, 2017

      This looks interesting. I need to brainstorm with the hubby and see if we can come up with a way to eliminate the gap between the slats. maybe stapling some fabric between to create an accordion effect. I would definitely need to sand down the slats and stain them. Overall, I love a little bit of the rustic look but not the splinters ;-) Thank you for pointing me to the link.
    • Debbie
      on May 14, 2017

      This is very cute but unless I line it with a fabric, it wouldn't be heavy enough to keep out the strong rays of the sun. I really like this too.

  • Barb
    on May 14, 2017

    I have never made blinds but I have made roman shades. I used sheets for the part facing out side and a patterned fabric for the inside facing., I basically sewed the two pieces together turned then inside out. My husband like them to have a draped effect when closed. (like the look when opened) I put aluminum bars in between the 2 materials to keep the drape formed and add some weight where we wanted the folds. You also need sm plastic circles to feed the string through on the back of the drapes. You can find the mechanism for raising and lowering the blinds at a fabric store. If we had these custom made it would have been over 3k, I spent less than $200. I find that sheets work great, wash easily and resist fading alot better than fabric.
  • Debbie
    on May 14, 2017

    Thank you for your reply. I have thought about making Roman shades. I was afraid that assembly would be laborious for 11 windows but it sounds easy and might be something I could assemble for the windows that need attention first and then work gradually towards assembling the others. Definitely worth considering again. Thank you.
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