Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blinds, Finally!

After living in our condo a year and a half we have finally put up blinds!

Our condo has floor to ceiling windows and I've loved all the natural light that comes in. Since we face north and slightly east glare and direct sun haven't been an issue. Unfortunately, we also face a building that is also entirely made of glass windows. Not so good for privacy. With baby on the way, it was time to do something about it.

Months ago I narrowed it down to panel blinds on a sliding track. A local store quoted us about $1000 + installation to do it. The ready-to-purchase options from Sears and similar stores were ugly not our style and the standard lengths were often too short for our tall window.

Although we've been fighting the IKEA urge pretty well recently, we gave in on this one and went with the KVARTAL track system, three piece Flyn Jorun grey panels (which I can no longer find on the site to link to), and two plain white panels.

And here's how it turned out:


I like the subtle pattern in the grey panels, and that they are sheer enough to still let some light in.


The benefit of the panel / track system is that the panels tuck behind each other nicely when we want to leave them open.


At night, they give us the privacy we need.

Success! And for much less than the $1000 price tag we were originally quoted. 

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