Blackout curtains behind vertical blinds
I have two 6' patio doors, and I want to add blackout curtains to keep the sun/cold out. What is the best way to hang them, and what can I use to push the curtains back when not in use?
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Here's how! http://thediymommy.com/make-a-no-sew-fabric-covered-roller-shade/
I would get a tension rod to fit as far back into the window as you don't want to hang them on the outside as the light will leak from the edges unless you cut them with at least a 6" past the window frame all the way around. You can use a cafe curtain rod to hang your homemade ones.
or you could just order some cause your window size is not that large.... https://www.brylanehome.com/decor/Cordless-Push-Up-Roller-Blackout-Shade.aspx?PfId=533204&DeptId=15287&ProductTypeId=1&ppos=8&Splt=1&StyleNo=2074
There are more on this page... https://www.brylanehome.com/Home-Blinds-and-Shades.aspx?DeptId=15287
Put some window tint on the window. There's decorative cling film type products out there too. My neighbor has a light that beams right on our bedroom window, i put up black out curtains and had the same problem, i was really dangerously close to putting cardboard or aluminum foil on the window when I ran across it. They have it at Lowes and home depot.
This blog post is super easy to follow and has a great source list. Hope this helps!
Lauren - The Little Lake Cottage
You might find the tutorial here helpful.
Tuula, Color Me Thrifty
I made some very simply. You can see how I did it here: https://www.flippingtheflip.com/2018/04/diy-blackout-curtains.html
You can buy special fabric glue! You can attach the blackout fabric with that as a no sew option. :)
You can use iron on hem tape. Keep in mind that if you wash the curtains a lot it may not hold up to repeated washing.
How about good old fashioned stitch witchery? Then you just hang your rod and use curtain clips.
There is a new no sew option that I saw recently but have not looked into it yet.
You can use an iron on adhesive tape that fuses fabric pieces together. I used it in this post: http://withinthegrove.com/diy-no-sew-pillow-covers/
Although this is a post about creating no sew pillows, it shows you how to use and apply the adhesive tape.
They make peel and stick velcro now, or you could use fabric glue, or iron in some fabric firmer that attaches when it is ironed (fold over an edge on it and iron, it sticks to both the fold and the curtain), these are 3 ideas to consider. Hope this helps
How To Make Blackout Curtains - 8 Step Tutorial
My reasarch seems to say -buying a premaid blackout curtain liner was cheaper than buying the fabric to make one. It may depend on your size and fabric costs.
You use black out lining. Add to any fabric you are making your drapes out of. Sold at fabric stores along with drapery patterns. Have fun.
Here are several Hometalk projects on the subject:
Black-out drapery lining is special lining that has a black insulating layer 'sandwiched' between two layers- a back and a front. The side that shows is usually white although it is also available in silver/grey.
Black-out fabric can be used with different styles of curtains, attached, or as a separate panel.
Blackout curtains are fairly inexpensive these days. Walmart and Target both have a good selection.
Either place rod in the front of them or simply remove those blinds and replace them with roll outs that are more current
I've lined roman shades using a dark fabric. You could do the same with ring clip panels. Use a no sew tape and place them in front of the blinds.
You may want to put a stitch every few inches to make sure it doesn't move around or velcro inside the cover. I've had issues with those.
Lots of posts here on hanging curtains. | Hometalk
You can use something like this on the sides to hold the curtains back when not in use.
Have grommet heavy lined curtains amazon has a great selection of lined black out curtains.
Blackout curtain closest to the window. Use any form of tie or usual curtain hold back that you find suitable. Rope even on to a hook.
Use Poles or Wires and attach to above or the doors themselves. Push back with pole or hand and store with Tie or curtain tieback or metal hold back.