I’ve had a lot of problems getting the curtain/shade/blind (I hate the term “window treatment”—it makes me think of a gigantic box valance) situation in our house where it should be. Six-inch casings, non-standard sizes, 10′ ceilings, and curved walls with side-by-side windows make everything a challenge. The cost of custom-made shades freaks me out, and with 14 windows, it’s just not going to happen.
I love the way the old windows look without anything covering them, but that’s not practical in every room of the house. In the office at the back of the house, there’s no need for privacy, but the “reflective black hole” effect at night is a little creepy.
Enter the ENJE roller blind from IKEA. $24.99, attractive metal hardware, sheer enough to allow full daylight to pass through, opaque enough to keep glare (and the black hole) away, and with a margin large enough that the window sashes show on all four sides even with the blind fully closed. Yay! Let’s buy a hundred of them!
Perfect, yes, except for the part where they come in five sizes, none of which will fit any of our windows. Sigh.
BUT WAIT!!! A little Googling showed me that not only can they be trimmed, but they look really good after doing so. Aided with a metal blade in the jigsaw, good-quality fabric shears, a straight edge, and some good advice from Morgan at The Brick House, I was able to alter two shades to fit my windows perfectly, and it only took about 30 minutes.
See? They even let in the scraps of daylight hanging around at dusk.
I wound up cutting the top roller and bottom rod separately (I removed it first), then verrrrry carefully cutting the fabric the full length of the shade. I cannot stress enough the importance of using a good quality pair of shears to do this! Hopefully you have scissors in your house reserved exclusively for cutting fabric. And you NEVER EVER cut paper or anything else with them. Right? Right. That’s what you should use to cut the shade. Not the grimy Fiskars in your junk drawer. Cut slooooowly and evenly, following the line you drew in ever-so-faintly with a hard pencil after measuring carefully. Slide the bottom rod back on, roll up, and you’re all set.