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Old 05-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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The Dark Side aka Curtains

Last year's rally was the first time I had actually slept in our trailer.
I found the "glow" through the blinds to be a bit more than I like for sleeping purposes. Not being the sewing type, I thought I would simply buy some blackout drapes and get them altered for length. Turns out that would be a costly venture so I headed to Walmart, bought an inexpensive sewing machine and tackled it myself. I just wanted to be able to draw them at night to block the light but I think they look pretty good even just stacked in the corners.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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nice work, can you describe how they are attached?
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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These look great! Can you please give a little more detail (& possibly a couple zoomed in pictures) on the way you attached them? My trailer is a 2005 so it has miniblinds instead of cellular shades, and curtains are high on my list but I've been drawing a blank when it comes to attaching them.
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I think they look wonderful! I wonder if you had as many laughs making them as I did cutting strips and sewing them together to make the case for the body pillow on my bed. What a hoot that was...and I'm a serious sewer.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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What y'all doing sleeping when it is daylight out anyway?

I usually try to get my 5-6 hours sleep during the dark hours, though light doesn't bother me much anyway. The missus gets her 8+ hours regardless of light levels too.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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I just noticed that you changed the front panel on your refrigerator. What is it and how did you do it?
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I used the Kvartal track, corners and ceiling mounts from Ikea. I didn’t bother with any use the runners or hooks, but they are available if your drapes need to be hung that way. I chose Kvartal specifically because it’s aluminum and weighs next to nothing. The rails are attached under the cabinet via the ceiling mount – a small screw goes inside the mount and into the cabinet. My husband checked the mounting screws for the under- cabinet lights as we knew these were securely mounted. We bought the same length wood screws 3/4” No. 8 to attach the mounts. There is a double wood layer in the bottom of the cabinets, with a gap in between for the wiring to the lights. We set the track back so we wouldn’t screw into any wiring. The track is about ¾“ in front of the cellular blinds, just enough to provide clearance when the drapes are pulled. The ceiling mounts were placed in each corner, the middle and at each end of the track because once hung, the drapes wouldn’t be able to go past the mounts.
I purchased drapes with a thin foam blackout layer on the back because they were super light (easy to hem). They came with hidden loops on the back side and that’s how they hang on the rods. They move easily and there is no weight on the cabinets.


The mounts could also be attached by drilling through the underside and into the inside of the cabinet then using a nut, washer and bolt to attach the mounts. It could limit your mount locations as some parts of the upper cabinets are inaccessible. Since our setup is so light weight, we didn't need to do it that way.
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I just noticed that you changed the front panel on your refrigerator. What is it and how did you do it?
Karen. That's one of the first things I changed - didn't like the wood-looking panel. I used two plastic panels that are usually used for back splashes. I wanted some texture to connect with the stainless steel. I also painted out the cover for the furnace with a heat safe paint for the same reasons.
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It's very striking...I like it. I am going to paint the furnace cover, too, and had thought about the refer panel but had only looked at the manufacturer's inserts. Good idea!
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Thank you! It looks like your back window has two fabric panels that open in the middle; are the side window panels single or also two? Are you using two corner pieces and four track pieces (two on the back, possibly cut down, and one on each side)? Sorry for all the questions, but my nearest Ikea is an hour away so I don't want to have to go more than once!
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