Anne Miller wrote:We have a bright light outside our bedroom window so we are using the Pelmet System similar to what is in your post.
In the US this is called drapes with a cornice. There may be some other fancy name or it might be called a Pelmet. I just have never heard that word before.
We are using a Day-Night Shade to block out the light at night.
Laurel Jones wrote:Out of curiosity why not just do a ceiling mount track running wider than the width of the windows? Ikea makes something like this for their curtain panels, but I believe they also sell clips that this works with so actual curtains can be used. When you want to open the windows, you simply gather your curtains to the sides of the windows (so they do not overlap) and open the window into the house. When you want blackout, simply close the window and your curtains go floor to ceiling. If you wanted to get fancy, you could even do a dual tracked system with some sort of sheer curtain layered in case you just wanted to reduce light transmission a little
Jay Angler wrote:However, you've got issues at night, and I'm not clear how much you want air-flow and darkness at the same time. We aren't as far north, but our children were preschool when we moved in. I made Roman Shades with a solid wooden support at the top which has some of the characteristics of the Pelmet, was wider than the window frame by an inch or more, and was several layers of dark fabric on the window side and they do a fairly good, but not perfect job of blocking the light. Something to clamp the bottom to the wall would improve the system light wise. Mold isn't a big issue so long as they're opened most days. They are machine washable, so that helps too.
From the sound of it, a Roman Shade made to fit a box that encloses the window frame on all sides - so Pelmet-type woodworking surrounding the whole window - with a Roman shade or similar at the outer edge from the window might be able to block the majority of light while still allowing you to open the window. However, the fabric would slow much of the breeze.
4. I remember reading a book about household air quality and the fellow totally believes that combining "windows for light" and "windows for air quality" is ridiculous and that windows should be for light only. Managing indoor temperature should be done with holes designed to be opened for airflow or closed and insulated when airflow is not wanted. They should be positioned so that the airflow goes from high on one side, to low on the other, but it's been years and I can't remember more than that.
Hopefully this give you some ideas.
Nancy Reading wrote:I sympathise with you Brandi Lee. Being further North I understand blackout for windows makes it much easier to sleep, and not wake up too early either! At the moment I'm just enjoying our lighter evenings, since it's well dark by bedtime. At midsummer, we could read a paper at midnight if we want though!...We haven't settled on a proper window covering for our bedroom windows yet. They are dormer windows, so the windows are set in a deep box, and I had some thick curtains from our old hallway that were just wide enough to fit. I strung a wire across just above the window and get a pretty good light blockage, with just a bit of bleed at the top. A small pelmet probably would block that OK. Our windows open outwards though ,so don't knock into the curtains like your's do.
I think a curtain/pelmet either mounted on the wall above the window, or the ceiling as Laurel suggests, is probably your best bet. The curtain may deform as the window is opened in summer, which may give a light problem under the window, so you might need a way of constraining the curtain against the wall at the sill. Some sort of tie half way up across the window might do it, or a drop in pole perhaps. If you need more ventilation then wide gaps above the curtain with a deeper pelmet to shade it might help.
R Scott wrote:I don’t have either in my current house, but have friends with both.
Shutters are more efficient IF you actually use them, but are a complete pain if not designed correctly. They block outlets and you can’t put furniture close if not sized and hinged properly. They also are all or nothing.
Drapes are much more flexible, but also a pain if you have pets, kids, or heat with wood. Also are probably more expensive to make look good.
Go with whichever you are more comfortable working with or whichever you can source within your budget.
I am going to do both in my next house, depending on the location. Mostly drapes because they will fit the design better with shutters and airlock doors where the drapes would be dangerous.
I had to look up airlock doors to ensure you weren’t referencing space ship components (ha) and see that it’s another way- from what I understand- to refer to an entry way or vestibule. Am I picturing this right?
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