We live in a log home that has two stacks of picture windows. Drapes?

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These windows face West. The sun is very bright through our fabric blinds. At the moment, we have narrow, striped "drapes" at each side that hangs from the top of the windows to the floor. I think I need to install full drapes that can be drawn closed to cover all windows. Do I install drapes that hang from the top windows (which is approx. 15 ft.) or might I hang them from the top of just the bottom windows, which is approx. 7 ft.?
Thank you for any help.

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 02, 2017
    Or you could apply non-adhesive window film, you can get the reflective stuff that you can see out but it reflects heat and radiation .... https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=reflective+window+film or Tap Plastics carries this in stock in wide sheets. https://www.tapplastics.com/product/window_films/window_tint_films
  • D. Scott Courtney D. Scott Courtney on Jul 02, 2017
    It would be even better if U can add some shrubs or trees (appropriate for the planting zone of your home) to help filter or block the western sun before it ever reaches your window(s). This is a great way to reduce your energy costs, to invest in the enjoyment of your outdoor living space, & to help protect & support the unique collection of wildlife (many which are very beneficial &/or necessary) that live in or pass thru your area. U can either choose evergreen plants to have a year-round sunscreen or deciduous plants that lose their leaves during the cooler months if U need the sunshine to help provide warmth while the days are much shorter. This is a very worthwhile investment if U do your homework to select the right perennial(s) for your location & do a careful & thorough job when planting. The best time to plant trees & shrubs is in the fall, so that the root system of each new plant can get better established prior to the increased stress of the growing season during the warmer months. Just a thought! 🌳
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    • D. Scott Courtney D. Scott Courtney on Jul 04, 2017
      Bloubg, UR very welcome. I enjoy helping folks, especially when it makes the world (not OUR world--Psalm 24:1) a better place for all of us. As U can probably tell, my hands-on interaction w/nature is a very important & therapeutic part of my life. This love of nature was "planted" in me during my early childhood & I have been "cultivating" it ever since, wherever & whenever the opportunity arises. I like to call it the "camping way of life" since my goal is to leave it better than I found it... Or as the slogan used to be for The Home Depot, "We Improve Everything We Touch." 🤓
  • Pam Groba Pam Groba on Jul 03, 2017
    Tint them or like another suggested use static cling film.
  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on Jul 03, 2017
    we just have a film coating on ours. I would leave it open. The view is the reason for the windows, after all!
  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Jul 03, 2017
    Hang middle to bottom, I would suggest going 7 feet or less enough depending on how high to block the sun. Log home, wonderful! Do you have a porch, possibly hang an outdoor shade and that be lowered when the sun is bright. I have also seen a canvas rolled and attached to the top of the window(s), it can be lowered to any level with rope. A friend of mine in a log home, did this, she got the needed hardware at a home store and bought canvas at a camp store. You have quite a few options, as stated previously.
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