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So Long College Dorm Room

February 22nd, 2014

The room upstairs that we’re in the process of redoing was equipped with plastic mini blinds.  Exactly like the ones that were in every single dorm room window at the college that Mr Chiots and I both attended.  Needless to say, they didn’t stick around when we redid the room.  They were replaces with nice wooden blinds from IKEA.  These are great blinds, they look fantastic and are very inexpensive.  They’re not the ones I would pick if I was buying them for life, but they’ll do for now.  Eventually we’re going to redo the house and all the windows will be removed and replaced with larger windows.
Wooden Blinds 1
They’re also nice because you can adjust the length so they look like custom blinds (which I hadn’t done in the photo below). These ended up being the perfect size for our windows. We originally purchased a set of these for our upstairs bedroom build when we lived in Ohio, we liked them so much I decided they would work perfectly here. Now I just have to replace 6 more in various rooms!
wooden blinds
Of course I much prefer a more sheer floor length curtain instead of blinds, but the windows can use the extra insulation that these provide. Eventually I’ll make curtains for this room as well, but probably not until I find just the right fabric. These are also nice because they darken the room considerably when closed, no doubt guests will appreciate that when they’re visiting.

What kind of window coverings do you like best?

8 Comments to “So Long College Dorm Room”
  1. Marina C on February 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

    We have curtains on large wooden rods with wooden rings. The house also came with rather new room darkening roller shades which really roll up to almost nothing, so we left them on in the bedrooms, since some people like dark rooms.

    I like to make curtains with a heavy insulated muslin lining which makes the curtains opaque and energy saving in the winter. I have some beautiful linen I want to replace the old printed curtains that I reused in our room.

    I like to wake up with the sun in my room, but, living right in the village, we have to have curtains drawn. Sometimes, if I wake up in the night, I open the curtains and the sun wakes me up, coming down the hill through the maple tree outside our front windows.

    Your trim looks so smooth, you are a great painter! I love your attitude: anything you do, do it the best way possible.

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  2. Lisa on February 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I love the look of wooden blinds but I suffer from allergies so I can’t use them in my house. They just capture too much dust so we stick with curtains which I can throw in the wash. *sigh*

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  3. Kathi cook on February 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

    We have wide white wooden blinds in our home in most of the rooms and pleated accordion blinds at our cottage. They also come in a room darkening style and makes the room pitch black- perfects for those summer mornings when the sun comes up very early. I like a unified look In The house with window treatments, rather than every room having very different coverings.

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  4. Nebraska Dave on February 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Susy, window treatments. A bachelor’s nightmare. My daughter is not any help with the décor so the window treatments are pretty much the same as when my wife passed 12 years ago. There’s insulated draw drapes on the three gang windows in the living room and the sliding back door. The rest of the house has decorative curtains with a pull shade for privacy. When houses are close enough to see in the neighbor’s windows from inside your house, privacy shades are needed. As far as keeping the sun out, I am a morning person and love to wake up with the sun listening to the singing birds through an open window. For me it just seems to be the right way to way up in the morning. Add Folger’s in my cup and it makes for a perfect morning.

    Have a great window treatment day.

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  5. Misti on February 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

    We bought simliar blinds for our upstairs windows. I really love them a lot compared to the generic blinds I grew up with.

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  6. foyupdate on February 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    When we took down our white mini blinds we found the slats made excellent garden markers. Just cut them in half at an angle. The pointy end goes in the ground.

    I spent a lot of time curating plants so when I put in my veggie I like having lots of room to write the plant variety, date seeded, date germinated, date replanted (yeah it happens sometimes) date flowered, date harvested, and date removed. I found pencil works best; the sharpie ones faded. At the end of the season I pull all of the markers and put them in a box and sometime in the winter I put all the info into a spread sheet for next year.

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  7. Jennifer Fisk on February 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I don’t do much window treatment beyond valences for accent. To prevent cold infiltration in my family room that has lots of glass, I use the honeycomb style shades. They work very well.

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  8. Nancy Williams on February 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Well, it does depend upon the period/age/style of the home, but since I guess I most love historic, traditional homes, I would have to say interior shutters, followed by wood blinds, followed by textural, not too tightly-woven linen curtains. Here in southeast -central Pennsylvania, the Home of President James Buchanan in Lancaster has original wood blinds not too-disimilar in overall effect from your Ikeas ;-)

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