Remodelista recently posted a compelling DIY by San Francisco blogger Caitlin Long of The Shingled House. It’s an example of a charming idea that has, in our eyes, something of a “fail” built-in, or at the very list, an interesting design problem.
Long devised chic, clean-lined panels of burlap to act as shades for her windows. The panels afford privacy, but are sheer enough to let a sense of the outside come through. Great so far.
The unworkable part for us: The shades “open” only minimally: a brass ring attached to the bottom hooks to a cleat screwed into the wall, allowing for only a peak of the outside. Which is fine IF you are trying to hide the outside view.
And therein lies the vexing problem that remains to be solved: How to make the curtains open more to the outside? If you place a cleat higher up, you would either have to stand on the counter to hook the curtain to it OR devise some sort of rod with a hook at the end that you could use to move the curtain ring to the position you want. And you would STILL never have a completely open view.
We can think of three solutions right off the bat:
One would be to make the shades out of a sheer white fabric —linen most likely — that would let more light through. Then we’d fool around with the cleats and rings placements to see how we might drape and pin the fabric to let more of the view in.
Another would be to afix a ring on one side of the shade far enough down so it could be made to be pulled across to a hook on the opposite side of the window. (As the ring would be to high to reach easily, we’d devise a rod with a hook on the end that would allow us to do this).
We could also imagining a way to fashion a sort of primitive top-down-bottom-up shade. We’d afix the curtain to each side of the window exactly halfway up (it might require adding a supporting horizontal rod, similar to the ones at the top and bottom). We’d sew an additional ring onto the very top of the shade, leaving the one at the very bottom. Then we’d install a hook at the top of the window, so the top of the shade hangs from it. We’d use our rod with a hook on the end to unhook the top of the shade so it folds in half. That would let view in through the top half of the window, and preserve privacy on the bottom. OR we could reverse it, hooking the bottom half of the shade UP to catch the top hook, leaving the full bottom half of the window unobstructed.
What are your thoughts?