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« on: July 09, 2007 08:14:47 PM »

I'm moving into a teeny tiny sunroom (my roomie got the bedroom) with huge windows on 2 sides. I'm looking for shades/curtains that will hold in heat in the winter (I'm in DC, hate the cold, and can't afford huge gas bills!) and protect my beloved art and posters on my walls from getting bleached out. Any thoughts on how I can make something effective and cheap? It's gonna take a whole lotta fabric and I can't put holes in the walls for a rod... Huh

(any ideas for making the most out of limited living space would help too!)

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007 10:46:04 AM »

Are the window frames deep enough that you could use tension rods as curtain rods? Another thing I've done is sewn velcro to the fabric I wanted to hang (soft side) and then nail the other side to the wall. It only takes little squares every 8 or 12 inches to hold something up. As long as you patch the holes when you move you should be fine.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 09:40:46 AM »

Thanks! Awesome idea. They are really deep windows. What kind of fabric do you recommend? What's heavy enough to keep the room warm but light enough for velcro?
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007 09:55:25 AM »

I have a quilt, about 3' x 5' hanging on my wall from velcro right now. It's basically 2 layers of cotton fabric with thin batting in the middle. Something like that would probably give you good insulation and you could make it pretty quickly on a sewing machine. Or maybe fleece, which doesn't need to even be hemmed. Good insulation is going to be about the thickness from layers and fullness.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2007 10:10:13 AM »

Or maybe fleece, which doesn't need to even be hemmed.

I made living room drapes from fleece. Easy to work with and plenty warm enough for a DC winter (I live in Arlington.)

G Street Fabrics has good fleece
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2007 11:49:33 AM »

Fleece is brilliant! Thanks for the fabric store tip off too. I'm a fabric junky Grin. Where are other greaet crafty places in DC? Are there any good thrift stores in the area? I'll be between Van Ness and Tenelytown.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007 02:35:03 AM »

They sell solar insulation stuff at Home Depot for way cheap. It looks like car sun shades, but in a big roll...like padded foil. You just measure and cut out your squares and shove them in the window- voila! We had to do that in our bedroom window b/c we have 3 outer walls that face the setting sun and the heat & cold are INTENSE.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2007 09:19:17 AM »

Maybe this is a stupid question, but when you put the silver stuff on your windows, do you use it like a shade (it rolls up and down) or do you just put it in place and leave it there?
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