Why is covering a window so complicated?
There is measuring, leveling, fancy tools, holes to repair – even with the cheap ones. Someday, if someone else doesn’t beat me to it, I’m going to build a better window covering – easier, cheaper, better looking and more durable than anything available now. Maybe I’ll even have it double as a blanket. Up north, we need blankets for warmth half the year and something large – like a blanket – to cover windows, to keep it cool and be able to sleep early or late for the other half of the year.
I suppose technically this has been invented. But it looks like this or this here.
Not exactly classy, but renters everywhere have found it does the job. Whoever figures out how to make this look good will be rich.
Much classier don’t you think? Useful and beautiful on a bed or on a wall. They have just enough structure so they don’t sag. The quilts used in the guest rooms of grandma’s house are hung using simple nails and safety pins. The nails go into the wall – two or three depending on the span – and safety pins in the blanket hang on the nails. When she wants the sun to shine, the blanket lays on the bed just like you think a blanket should.
Channeling her resourcefulness and creativity, I used the no sew double sided fleece blanket she made for us to darken the kids’ room. Some large office clips work double duty to keep the blanket folded over (to create a valance look) at the same time providing a way to hang it from two simple nails. The double layered fleece blocks out the sun remarkably well, allowing the kids to keep their normal bedtimes in the summer.
This was invented for baby nap times. Using suction cups and velcro they found a way to make one size neatly and easily fit all size windows.
Remember these? Old school curtain “rods” before vinyl blinds and power tools. Simple nails and a metal spring create a plastic free way to hang whatever you need. Good for 20″ to 36″ widths. Tension rods are always an option too if there are sides to make it work.
If you are hanging wall art anyway, why not hang something slightly larger than your window opening? If you need extra room darkening or privacy, just rehang the picture over the window. This canvas from Amazon is 48″ tall by 36″ wide. Or custom order the size you need and paint your own.
Any other room darkening ideas without fancy, expensive curtains?
Update 2-16-2016. I found something that is working for us! Hanging a Curtain without a Curtain Rod.