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LizMaynard's picture

I have someone wanting to block western sun from their entry hall.  The door has a small half circle window, then a 7" wide "side light" window on each side of door and then a "transom" window above that extends across the door and side lights.  Glass is all frosted.  I intend to use semi-opaque sheers 3X width with blackout lining between sheer and glass.  One book suggests mounting all on board and securing to inside of facing with velcro.  Another would be using screws into this metal door.  I really don't like either.  Can someone tell me your experience?  Suggestions anyone?

cottonbets's picture

(post #30244, reply #1 of 2)

I'm having trouble picturing this arrangement, so this might not work, but have you considered  small spring tension rods, for at least the rectangular windows? I have often seen them for side light , with a rod at the top and bottom of the window. This would prevent the curtain from getting closed in the door, if I'm getting the right picture. There is a catalogue called Smith and something (sorry! try google search for curtains and Smith). It is full of window treatment options that might give you an idea to try and/or be a source for unusual curtain rods. I think that I'd also avoid screwing into a metal door. (We have screw holes in a metal door from an idea gone wrong). Good luck, and I'll pass on the catalogue name if I find it.

lindamaries's picture

(post #30244, reply #2 of 2)

I know you'd like to sew, but with the round window and the square windows, cloth coverings I do not think would look very nice.

Plus, being a door the rods would have to be top and bottom to keep the cloth from whipping around when the door opened and shut.

I once had a window that needed a light cover, but not to blacken out the light...just soften the setting sun from killing your eyes. I purchased some cellophane-like stuff at a hardware store that cut to the size of the window. It was perfect. Did you consider this?