I hope you all will enjoy seeing the blinds I chose for Bear when I put the photos online. They are anything BUT 'stock'...
This remodeling is really a labour of love isn't it? And very very challenging.
I got the blinds I wanted (curve or not) at Decoratetoday.com (which is American Blind & Wallpaper). Very high quality.
I hung "BASSWOOD" (like old Venetian blinds)..in solid wood for warmth. Even tho' they were heavier than vinyl...I wanted the warmth. YES>>>the curve was a problem...first of all because the blind 'housing' would be pulled the wrong way if attached 'straight' onto the chassis. So, I designed a piece of aluminum in an 'upside-down' V-shape; which we riveted one fold onto the Chassis, and the other fold the blind housing was attached to---with the opening of the 'V' upside down (like this ^ ) so the blind would hang STRAIGHT down.
Ok...now the blind hung straight;;;BUT, because of the curve...the blind was --- of couse --- out from the chassis a good 7 inches at the bottom when the blinds were down.
I put an extra set of 'tie-downs' on these blinds (1 pair-at the bottom of the big window...and 1 pair at the bottom of the little window under the big one.) so I can choose where I want the blind to be set. I have cafe-curtains hanging over the little bottom windows...and sometimes, I don't want the Basswoods to be all the way to the bottom of both windows.
I hung a brushed Aluminum micro-mini (1/2") blind in the galley .. AWESOME! (I almost wish I'd used these throughout)...but they went especially well in the galley where I have used a lot of brushed aluminum and stainless steel.
a 'pull-down' vinyl "brocade-appearing" blind...which I haven't installed yet...because it came with brand NEW plastic ends...which dont fit the old brackets.
Solution: I DON"T KNOW YET. The old brackets are (one end) BEHIND the fiberglass 'housing' above the sink, and would be HORRIBLE to remove just to put in the new bracket. ANY IDEAS?
These pulldown blinds don't present the hanging problem so didn't need to use the 'V' bracket to install the heading... This blind isn't even hung yet..b/c I haven't figured out how to modify the blind to fit the OLD brackets.
I got pull-down blinds here too in a vinyl 'very thick-looking' screen-like material...They are a little 'see-thru', so they will need more curtains hanging over them. I didn't care because I wanted to have them down and still be able to see a little view through them during the day. (I'm a 'NAP QUEEN"!!
Hanging them was easy...BUT, when it came to the 'tie-down' brackets (they gave me this so-called 'commercial-grade' velcro---and it pulled right off---but STUCK to the wall --- yuk!)...it didn't work.
Solution: I hung an additional plain curtain rod BELOW the window (to match the decorative curtain rod above the window) ---a few inches wider than the blind. When the blind is down, I lift the blind by the bottom edge, and 'tuck it' BEHIND the rod, and VOILA! it holds the blind down for perfect privacy (with the side curtains of course blocking out 'peeking Toms'...
The bath and bedroom 'pull-down blinds' all have decorative CHAINS which were custom cut to fit the areas..and are riveted to the chassis to keep them taut and out of the way.
I just wanted to post that if the stock (or usual) RV blinds are not desired...regular blinds CAN be modified to work beautifully.
Photos coming .... I SWEAR!