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Old 03-17-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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I'm starting to "do up" the interior of the Scamp. With the rainy weather a nice inside project will be new window coverings. It has HORRIBLE curtains right now that must go.

I hadn't thought about roman shades until someone here mentioned them, I believe in the thread about keeping the light out. Now my thoughts have turned towards shades, I think they will look cute and not move about like the curtains do. Right now I always take down the back and front curtains to tow because I like to be able to see through the trailer (I'm new to towing anything).

Does anyone have fabric Roman shades and either like them or hate them? Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks Jackie
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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Hi: My wife is just finishing new curtains for our '77 Boler. As for Roman shades my question would be how would they fit a curved window??? We had to bend the new curtain rod to fit the front window!!! I replaced all the rods with new white ones and new brackets held in place with S/S 1/2 " #6 bolts and acorn nuts. The curtains are poly cotton broadcloth Pic's to follow Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:51 PM   #3
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I didn't think about ROMAN Shades.

I was considering ROLLER Shades behind the curtains in our Fiber Stream to block light in the early morning, and block interior viewing from outside after dark. We made curtains that we like, but the material is not a tight weave, and light shines through it.

We had Mini Blinds in the Compact Jr. that were noisy if the windows were left open to get some air. I may still consider blinds if I could get a good price on plastic ones instead of aluminum.

I'm trying for a "Layered" window treatment. Tinted film on the glass, with either blinds or roller shades behind the curtains.
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Old 03-18-2007, 11:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input.
Curtains would definitely be easier to make. Right now the existing curtains are up with metal clips and they slide and droop, standard curtains with a pocket on top would solve that. I just like the more tailored look of the roman shades, not so fluffy.

I found instructions for an easy roman shade online that attached to a 1x1 board. I was thinking that I could use a 1 inch piece of flat bar metal so it would curve and be sturdy and then set it in to the existing curtain rod holders and maybe run a screw through each bracket to hold it in place.

Hmm, off to think about it. I will be sure to take pictures of what I come up with.

Thanks Jackie
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:27 PM   #5
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I used commercially made balloon shades for the Burro. They were pretty, but I did not ever raise them. They were too much work to raise, so we just opened the two big window curtains and left the balloon shades closed. They also were too long and got caught behind the seat cushions even when I kept them raised as high as they would go. Not sure if Roman shades would be a similar problem or if they could easily be adjusted.

When we get the Uhaul, I think I will see about something different from the balloon shades.

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Old 03-18-2007, 04:14 PM   #6
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Here is a picture of our curtains with tie backs. The curtains just slip over the rod via a pocket about an inch from the top. I attached tie backs to the burro with the press-on hooks and a loop on the tie back. They can be easily closed. I do think I will line them with something after this trip - probably not blackout, just a second layer of fabric. For the width of eachdrape,I doubled the width of the window.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:43 PM   #7
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Hi Alf, instead of using the bent rigid rods I used 1/4" shock cord from CTC and the existing rod holders to hold the shock cord at the ends and in the middle of the window....our curtains are fairly light so don`t know if it would work with a heavy curtain.....pics on our webshots site....Benny
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:50 PM   #8
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I made Roman Shades and am very happy with them. I have pretty lace curtains over top and raise the shades in the daytime. We installed a small block of wood with stainless screws where the rivets used to be and attached both curtains and blinds to this. The curtains using the original style brackets and the blinds by sewing a small top pocket and using vinyl coated stretch rod and screw eyes. They are pulled up with a toggle used on hood strings or the bottom of some jackets. I need to rethink the bottom this year. I need something in the bottom hem which will bend to the shape of the window when I stick it down using velcro.
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Curtains would definitely be easier to make. Right now the existing curtains are up with metal clips and they slide and droop, standard curtains with a pocket on top would solve that. I just like the more tailored look of the roman shades, not so fluffy.
Our curtains are made of a light fabric backed by a heavier fabric that gives the curtains a nice stiffness and also keeps out light. I sewed small rings to the top which slide on cafe rods. Easy to make and no fluffiness!

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Old 03-23-2007, 11:46 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing pictures--Jeanne and Steve is that orange fur on your walls!!? What fun.
I'm starting back at square one, the upholstery fabric I ordered was way off from the color showed online so I'm shopping again for window covering material.

I think I'm going to try the roman shades with the insulated fabric behind. We so far have only been fair weather campers (read July, August here in the pacific nw) and have pretty much still been chilly. I think that the shade will insulate better and not run around on the cafe rods while I'm towing.

At any rate I better get a move on with all of the projects on my list. My husband is expecting newly covered seat cushions and curtains from me--- and he expects to get a cargo door in and have the Scamp painted by our first trip end of June! So far all we have accomplished is an under cabinet CD player for him, a wine glass holder for me, and shelves in the closet for decluttering the living space. And I would really like to do the front dinette mod so I dont have to redo the cushions!

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I'm trying for a "Layered" window treatment. Tinted film on the glass, with <strike>either blinds or roller</strike> [b]shades behind the curtains.
The curtains we have do not do an adaquate job by themselves. They cover the window, but the weave of the cloth is light, and contrary to this photo, you can "see" thru to the outside during the day, and people can see inside after dark when the interior lights are on.

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One thing I did was to put 5% Limo Dark film on our windows. During the day, you cannot see in from the outside, the glass appears black and reflective.

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I'm trying for a "Layered" window treatment. Tinted film on the glass, with <strike>either blinds or roller</strike> shades behind the curtains.
You can still see out from the inside, though with the film in place.

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When I open the window, the film becomes more apparent from the inside.

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I'm trying for a "Layered" window treatment. Tinted film on the glass, with <strike>either blinds or roller</strike> [b]shades behind the curtains.
In this photo, notice the black "Bulldog" clips at the top of the window?

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They are holding my REDI-SHADES open.

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REDI-SHADES are available at Home Depot. I bought [b]one room darkening shade, 48" wide. It comes 72" long. I took a razor blade and cut it into 3 pieces approximately 48" wide and 24" long (11 pleats for each window). Then I taped a pice of aluminum bar 48" x 3/4" x 1/8" inside the bottom pleat, it acts as a weight to hold the shade down. The "Bulldog" clips hold it open, or at any point in-between. I now have 3 shades, of the correct size, for my 3 windows.
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REDI-SHADES are available at Home Depot. I bought [b]one room darkening shade, 48" wide. It comes 72" long. I took a razor blade and cut it into 3 pieces approximately 48" wide and 24" long (11 pleats for each window). Then I taped a pice of aluminum bar 48" x 3/4" x 1/8" inside the bottom pleat, it acts as a weight to hold the shade down. The "Bulldog" clips hold it open, or at any point in-between. I now have 3 shades, of the correct size, for my 3 windows.
That's interesting. I'm going to have to look at those. Shari and I were having exactly this conversation last night. I didn't think I'd ever find myself using the words "window treatment"...

I've always wondered about getting some polarized window tinting. Mounting a layer one way and then making some clip-on sheets with the polarizing going the other way. Should make the windows basically opaque... Seems like an expensive experiment.
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