Previously today, we released a post that shared 6 trendy solutions for those (sort of dreadful) vertical blinds you so frequently see in rental apartment or condos. Of course, they are incredibly useful, and if you're all about personal privacy and so-so about looks, then keep keepin' on I expect.
But me? I can't stand them. They look so ... institutional and without any character. I've been an occupant for as long as I have actually lived on my own (8 years), and I simply always drawn up vertical blinds as an occupational threat of not owning a home. That is up until I determined the best ways to make them basically disappear. No, I don't mean highlighting my tools and taking them down totally. While I've definitely thought of it, I never ever wished to deal with exactly what to do with them when they were off my windows. My option was so easy it was generally an overall "duh" moment, and, in case you have not believed of it for yourself, I thought I 'd share with you today.
The answer: just press them all the way to one side, as if you were allowing light, then add layered drapes to cover them up. Ta-da, no more noticeable vertical blinds! Naturally, you are still entrusted the blinds system over your moving glass doors or windows, however I discover that, after a few days, I barely saw.
Because I like a little personal privacy however choose my home to be awash with whatever sunshine makes it through the huge trees close to my windows, I use a mix of sheers and drapes. The sheers are constantly drawn, while the panels decorate both sides of my sliding doors till night falls (I then close them at that point because no one needs to see me dancing around in my cooking area while making tacos).
Double curtain hardware can be a bit pricey, however I find that including an adjustable add-on rod to a single rod fits the expense for a little bit more than $10 (I have and suggest this one from Bed Bath & & Beyond).
The secret here is to make sure you install your curtain rods a few inches broader than your window to conceal the cluster of blinds (two to three inches is all you actually need).
There you have it. Like I said, it sounds completely basic (and it is!) however I believe it's typically a neglected solution that has operated in my own home in the past. Give it a try, and chime in the remarks if you have any other excellent concepts to make a rental feel more like an irreversible home!