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« on: May 07, 2009 08:55:33 AM »

I'm trying to make some window shades for my new apartment.  My goal is to keep the place cooler in the summer, since we have a giant south facing window, and it is already 10 degrees warmer inside than it is outside.  I'm not looking to do anything expensive, since part of the plan is to save money on air conditioning costs.

The window is recessed fairly deeply, but it goes all the way to the ceiling.  It's 105 inches wide, and about 60 inches tall.  I'm not sure how to make anything that wide, and I'm not sure how to make it in panels, since there's no wall above the window to attach anything to.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009 03:05:14 PM »

You can place some hanger/hooks in the ceiling. I would use at least three. Then sew a large rectangle, hem around edges. Buy those cheap cheap cave curtain clips because they are way less than the fancy ones, and just clip the fabric up.

You wouldn't really need to hem it if you wanted to save it for something else. There are lots of fabrics that come in 60+ inch wide pieces so that should work. Or a bed sheet of course.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009 08:12:03 AM »

Would screw hooks work in a plaster ceiling?  Management told us to drill holes in the walls before putting in nails to hold pictures so the plaster wouldn't crack.  The nails seem loose now, so I'm concerned that they wouldn't be able to hold any weight.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009 10:09:04 PM »

You need a wall plug or anchor for the screws.  The local hardware should be able to tell you what you need.  I've seen them in a box with anchors and the right size of screw for the anchor combined. If it's plaster and lath, then you need at least 2" screws (or longer) to get through the 1/2" or so of plaster (rough coat, smooth coat, years of paint).  If it's wallboard/gyprock, then you need anchors as the space behind is hollow.  It looks like a metal bar attached to a long screw.  You drill a large hole, stick it through, and tighten it up.  As it tightens, the bar opens up to double it's length to support whatever you're hanging.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2009 06:23:38 AM »

Ah, thanks!  I forgot those things existed.  I'm going to have to ask them this week if there are any restrictions on what I can but up, since they're particular about what goes in the front windows.
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009 04:11:28 PM »

Also, get some insulating (low-e) window film.  I think this actually does make some difference and it's not that expensive.  It will also help preserve any other window treatments you put up.


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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2009 12:36:18 AM »

The window film is a great idea.  We lived in an apt that had a glass box-like outer hall which was an oven all summer until someone put up window film.   
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2009 06:52:44 AM »

Is the window film very visible from the outside?  I'm going to have to ask if that's ok, like I said, management is very particular about what we put in the front window.  They want them all to look the same, I'm afriad they might complain about window film if it's visible.
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2009 10:46:27 AM »

There's a non-shiny kind that barely shows, it just makes the window a little darker. 

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100616385&marketID=40&locStoreNum=6556&categoryID=501987


Just make sure you don't get "mirror privacy window film"

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009 11:14:53 AM »

I will definitly look into that, thanks!  I'll just have to wait until I have the funds available to buy some.
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