curtains or blinds for odd shaped windows

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Old 07-04-13, 11:31 PM
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curtains or blinds for odd shaped windows

Can anyone give me any suggestions on how I can go about putting some kind of curtains or blinds on these windows? We need them for basically two reasons, one because the heat generated by really warms the bathroom up as the afternoon sun hits the glass, and secondly for basic privacy – who ever thought of putting big panoramic windows on a master bathroom like this was nuts – at least without providing some kind of way to get some privacy!

The problem of course is the sharp angle at the top of the three windows, which prevents a normal blind or curtain rod being installed.

One last point – the windows aren’t as weird as they look – I took three shots to get the whole room in, and the merging process skewered the vertical lines.

We also have a couple of angled skylights that also let in a lot of unwanted heat and sunlight during the middle of the day - any thoughts on how to shade these as well?

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Old 07-05-13, 02:46 AM
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A good "blind" store...one that specializes in blinds only, can fit those odd windows. They will only be able to cover from the bottom of the angle down with movable ones, but that's enough to have privace, IMO. Same thing on the skylights. Why someone would punch a hole in a perfectly otherwise non leaking roof IN FLORIDA to let the sun torment you is beyond belief. You got light bulbs, right?? So you don't really need the skylights. They can manufacture movable shades that would look a little better than the tapestry that is there now .

merging process skewered the vertical lines
Thank you. I thought my coffee hadn't kicked in good !
 
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Old 07-05-13, 06:21 AM
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For angled windows, custom will be the only way, whether hard blinds or fabric shades. There's nothing readymade for this. There are online sources, but if you measure wrong, you won't be able to return them. Be prepared for sticker shock!

Same thing for the skylight, especially if it's also angled. Consider motorized for all these shades, since the windows are so large and high.

Curtains wouldn't work well because they'll want to open up on account of the angle, and they'd still have to be custom or they'd be lopsided.
 
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Ah see, but there's the problem as far as those bathroom windows are concerned. Conventionally, I thought the only thing that could be done was to ignore the sharp angles at the top and lay something horizontally across each of the windows. But I just keep getting back to the fact I think it will look really awful doing it and that I need to to try and tailor something to the shape of the glass - which of course complicates it! The other thing, which of course would require more money, would be to perhaps stick some kind of vertical shading outside, some kind of louvered windows, that could be electronically controlled from inside.

As I said, whoever chose to do this kind of design for a bathroom was a moron - there's a nature strip behind the house, but who wants to rely on that for privacy? All it would take for some pervert to get an eyeful of anyone would be to go for a hike through the vegetation.
 
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The only other thing I can think of, is to have them tinted. Not as good as some sort of cover, but should help somewhat, and will be cheaper.

Here's some privacy/decorative window film you can get at Lowes

There's also companies, like 3M, that will come out and do it for you.
 
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Old 07-05-13, 02:56 PM
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For the bathroom, you could install some slatted bifold thingys. I can't think of what they are called, Becky. They would only go up 24" or so, but could afford some privacy. This would not help with the heat, however. Tinting is a good idea.
 
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Old 07-06-13, 06:06 AM
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Louvered Shutters, I think. I wonder if there's enough room to mount them tho. Can't tell for sure from the pics.
 
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Okay, I think I've come up with a solution. I'm going to break up the lines of the windows by placing a horizontal frame (purely cosmetic) across each of the three windows, approximately at the height on the top right hand corner on the right window. That way it will give the windows a more natural looking line for putting blinds in place, and they'll be at a height that should give complete privacy while still letting in a substantial amount of light from the exposed sections above.

Of course, I'll have to match the new interior woodwork with matching pieces outside, but that's no big deal.
 
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Old 07-08-13, 03:34 AM
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I think that would be a great idea, serving both purposes of keeping the enormous amount of light out while giving the privacy you need. Never have understood why designers chose to put picture windows directly over tubs....at tub level.
 
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Maybe they're voyeurs at heart?
 
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Old 07-17-13, 08:16 AM
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As far as I know, they design the house from an outside point of view first, along with windows and placement. Then when it's all said and done, well, oops, oh well, not our problem!
 
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