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QuantumWeatherButterfly Sat 23-May-20 22:54:54

I have a window dilemma.

We want to put a large, 4m wide window/sliding door into our family room, so it opens up to the garden. However, we also need to put occasional overnight guests up in that room, so would need to be able to block out the light.

Given how occasional this will be, we don't really want the expense of integral blinds, and I'm not convinced curtains would work for a variety of reasons (mainly cost of curtains that wide, and the space they would take up to edges once opened), but I'm not sure what else to do.

Does anyone else have any ideas on what might work in this situation?

MrsJoshNavidi Sat 23-May-20 22:55:36


QuantumWeatherButterfly Sat 23-May-20 23:30:02

@MrsJoshNavidi They would look lovely, but I can't see how that would work when I want to slide the door open - wouldn't they stop me getting outside?

Ginfilledcats Sat 23-May-20 23:32:39

Why not just get black out curtains?

Ginfilledcats Sat 23-May-20 23:34:01

Ah just read your post again, where you do indeed explain why not curtains!! Doh!

Don't have to be hugely expensive though, we have a hugely wide living room windows and got our thermal/black out curtains in The Range or Dunelm

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sat 23-May-20 23:43:29

@Ginfilledcats That's interesting! Do you mind me asking how wide your windows are, and how much space the curtains take up when open? I would actually really like curtains to soften the space, but given where the furniture will be, I'm not sure we have room.

ParsnipToast Sat 23-May-20 23:47:43

I know you said not integral blinds, but I'm going to plug them anyway. We got them in ours and they are brilliant. We very rarely close them, which makes me even more happy we got them. Our view isn't blocked at all when not in use and there's nothing getting dusty.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sat 23-May-20 23:53:47

@ParsnipToast well, they're the neatest option, definitely, but I didn't think you could get them that wide? I'm not sure what configuration of panels we would have, but they would likely be at least 1.3m wide.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sat 23-May-20 23:55:13

All the blinds suppliers website I've been looking at are plugging vertical blinds. Can anyone persuade me they're not incredibly ugly?

Notname Sun 24-May-20 00:04:14

We have exactly the same size sliding doors - 4m across, so two lanes of 2m. They’re already in, with no window covering, so integral blinds aren’t an option, and we don’t want curtains. We’re not overlooked but do need something to block the sun as can be dazzling. I’m thinking of getting two roller blinds, each 2m wide. Just priced them up on blonds2go (which we’ve used before and are great quality for the price) and they’re £100 each for 2m x 2m, so quite a cheap option. Just need to check whether recess fittings can fit to the top of the recess (ie above the doors) rather than just into the walls at the sides, as obv there’s nowhere to fix to in the middle of the doors.

Notname Sun 24-May-20 00:05:01

*2 panes of 2m.

Notname Sun 24-May-20 00:05:27

And blinds2go, not blonds2go!!

Notname Sun 24-May-20 00:07:28

I’m not a fan of vertical blinds, they look too officey and may get twisted and tangled. I didn’t like roller blinds initially, but think they’d look ok and be less obtrusive than Roman blinds.

snappybitch Sun 24-May-20 00:11:54

Just stick tinfoil on windows while you have guests.

beanaseireann Sun 24-May-20 00:12:08

Roller blinds.

MotherForkinShirtBalls Sun 24-May-20 00:26:37

Roman blind. We have a window in the living room that is 3.5m wide. We have two blinds across it. I don't like blackout lining so for the odd guest night I'd go for a heavy cotton lining.

MarieG10 Sun 24-May-20 07:04:23

We have 4.5m sliders and went for vertical blinds that you just pull back. They are brilliant and cost circa £140 from online retailer.

We didn't want the internal blinds as two friends have now had them fail and it is very expensive if they are out of warranty.

weepingwillow22 Sun 24-May-20 07:10:28

You could go for the continental european option and have shutters on the outside of the doors. Much more practical as they can be kept out of the way when not in use. In Europe I have also seen pull across fly screens made of some kind of black gauze which block the light on the inside.

MissPollyPops Sun 24-May-20 08:21:20

We just have curtains at the back doors.. Which just get closed over at night in the winter. I've never really thought about them being there..

MrsJoshNavidi Sun 24-May-20 08:55:40

I think you could get shutters that find back against the wall inside, but you'd need room for them.

But I was thinking of outside shutters like you get in France. It's usual there to open the windows to close the outside shutters at night. I used to get told off by the maman of the family I au paired for if I forgot to close the shutters.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sun 24-May-20 11:44:05

@Notname that's interesting. By mounting on the recess, do you mean effectively on the ceiling bit inside the window rebate?

Also, can you tell me whether the sliding bit of your door slides on the inside or the outside?

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sun 24-May-20 11:45:56

@MarieG10 Are your vertical blinds ones that look like this?
What you do if they fail is definitely one of my concerns about integral blinds.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sun 24-May-20 11:47:54

@MissPollyPops I do like the idea of curtains. Can I ask how much depth yours take up when they are open? I need to make sure they wouldn't obstruct the storage cupboards we'll have either side of the window when they are open, which will be the case 95% of the time. I do like the idea of curtains though!

QuantumWeatherButterfly Sun 24-May-20 11:50:10

@MrsJoshNavidi @weepingwillow22 Ah! I see! Yes, I know exactly what you mean now. I'll definitely give it some thought. Trouble is, our garden is small, so I'm not sure we'd have space for them outside either. It's food for thought though - thank you!

MissPollyPops Sun 24-May-20 11:52:53

They are about 8 or 9 inches out from the wall..

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