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Old 06-17-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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We are refurbishing our unit. We have removed the blinds and curtains and want to do new window treatments with nice blinds and maybe valances instead of the curtains which attract so much dust. I would appreciate input on the type of blinds/window treatments which are attractive and functional.
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Old 06-17-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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We are refurbishing our unit. We have removed the blinds and curtains and want to do new window treatments with nice blinds and maybe valances instead of the curtains which attract so much dust. I would appreciate input on the type of blinds/window treatments which are attractive and functional.
You have many options. Just one word of advice:
Due to the curvature of the walls, blinds will leave a gap between the blind and the wall, allowing light and heat to intrude. Blinds will also have to be fastened on the bottom to keep them against a curved wall.
You will have to most likely open the blinds completely every time you open or close the window, unless you cut them very close to the inside of the window, and then concern #1 applies.
Blinds work very well if they have window valances/boxes built around them. Depending on the amount of windows, size of the blinds, and the associated cabinetry, it will add quite a bit of weight to your trailer.
Ok, that was more than one word...sorry.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:30 PM   #3
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You mentioned many options. Which window treatment option to you like best?
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We have decided to go with blinds on some windows and curtains on the others. We found a great web-site to order custom blinds (stainless steel look, but aluminum).
We have just ordered 1/2" blinds from www.justblinds.com , they are very reasonable and they are going to look great. As for the curtains, they are being custom made by my mother in law. We are doing curtains on all the curved windows. We are doing blinds in the kitchen, bed, bathroom, and the big center window in front. Now are windows are slightly different because we have a 1975 Argosy. We have big front curved windows. We are actually doing kind of resto-mod. Modern fabrics, floor coverings, countertops, flat screen TV, etc. Hope this helps.
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You mentioned many options. Which window treatment option to you like best?
I like wooden blinds in vintage trailers, and i also like simple drapes in the newer models.
Drapes make an interior feel warmer, and quieter, as they absorb sound inside the Airstream.
Pull down shades seem practical for a modern, clean look, and work well in the galley.
I am not sure of your personal taste, so it's really up to you which look you like best.
I went with drapes for my 1963 Overlander restoration/modernization for reasons of sound and a warm ambiance ( not temperature)
My window layout would have made wooden blind installation very difficult, and probably not very practical due to the location of my window operator levers.
Often a very plain pattern works best in a busy environment such as the interior of an Airstream. Drapes would also likely be your most efficient choice.
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