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Old 10-30-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Kitchen mini-blinds.

Hi, after about eight years of use, I think that I want to replace the mini-blinds in my kitchen window. They're OK, but they get splashed on while doing dishes, bent while trying to open the window, [knob type] and just plain in the way. Curtains would look nice, but not practical either. Maybe a shade? I could possibly raise the shade to expose only the bottom opening window or all the way up to be out of the way and expose the whole window. Any ideas or what have you done?
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:16 AM   #2
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What about a simple spring-loaded roll down shade with snap or fastener to hold to the wall at the bottom? I would think at that location, it would hide nicely when open and not be fussy when rolled down.
I have blinds curtains all the way around except the bathroom. While it looks good and gives great privacy, it makes window operation a pita. I have a roller shade in the bathroon like i described above and it works great for that location.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:28 AM   #3
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Bob,

What about the OEM accordion type? A two mode, room darkening and privacy.
Has worked pretty well on our Classic.


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Old 10-30-2012, 06:28 AM   #4
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Shades vs blinds

Hi,
I changed out my blinds in the kitchen galley with a shade I had custom made at Lowe's. It has plastic hooks at the bottom that hold it close to the curved side of the trailer and can be raised or lowered to any height via a metal chain loop. I got mine with a room darkening back liner and I love it.
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Hi,
I changed out my blinds in the kitchen galley with a shade I had custom made at Lowe's. It has plastic hooks at the bottom that hold it close to the curved side of the trailer and can be raised or lowered to any height via a metal chain loop. I got mine with a room darkening back liner and I love it.
This sounds interesting to me, it sure would be great if you could post a few pics of the hooks and chain.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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I made a roller blind using a kit from JoAnns online and some extra curtain fabric I had from making the curtains for our Airstream. The mechanism is a cord that lets you stop the roller in any position, not spring loaded like the one that is in the bathroom.

I rolled the fabric around the core so that it hangs over the outside of the roller rather than closer to the window. That way it looks more like a valance and less like a rolled up shade when it is open.
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To keep it close to the wall, I installed two coat hooks upside down at the bottom. The bottom of the blind is fused around a metal curtain rod, so the ball ends of the curtain rod hold the blind in the hooks.
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Here's a detail of the hook at the bottom. It takes two hands to lower the blind below the hook, push the blind close to the window and then raise it up again so that it catches in the hooks.
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Great idea webspinner, thanks for the pics.
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I just installed my new brushed aluminum mini blinds on all of the front windows (replaced my curtains). They are Bali from Home Depot (10 day special order) and a very close match to the original in the kitchen. The cost was very low, 3 windows including the large front for $130. My kitchen are still like new so I left them as original.
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