Diy shade/curtain/window covering for skylight

Carolyn stead
by Carolyn stead
Anyone have an idea how to make a shade (that would open AND close) for a skylight. The summer sun comes through this window and heats up my kitchen. HELP
  5 answers
  • Myrtle Myrtle on May 18, 2015
    I used Gila window film that I found at Lowes. Butter used to melt on my counter, but no more. Plenty of light but absolutely no heat when I feel the counter. I put it on myself and I was 70 at the top of my 14 foot ladder. A few bubbles, but better than blocking the light or having the heat. Clean the window, spray on a solution and squeege into place. It has been up two full years and no problems.
  • Suzie Schwartz Suzie Schwartz on May 18, 2015
    I used two tension rod style curtain rods one at the top and one at the bottom of the skylight, and made a curtain panel with some white fabric.
  • Kaye Watkins Kaye Watkins on May 18, 2015
    I've also used 2 tension rods
  • Raelene Raelene on May 18, 2015
    I have also put window film on my skylight then had a cellular shade that runs along a little tract that holds it in place installed. I use a long poll to open and close the shade. In the winter I open the shade to allow for more light. In the heat of the summer I have it closed. The shade isn't that expensive especially when you consider the amount of money it saves on the air conditioning bill. If a custom shade isn't in the budget, I would go with the curtain and tension rods that Suzie mentioned.
  • Sharbearpaintperson Sharbearpaintperson on May 18, 2015
    I have found that a cellular blind, bought, from a big box, they cut in store. A small track, two pieces, one for each side, putting cellular blind in one side, before, attaching, the other. Just push blind, to the top, while screwing the screws in. It works at keeping heat out, as well as cold in winter. A long pole should move it up and down. A tailored look!!