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Joined: Apr 17 2003

I need some suggestions on coverings for my living/dining room wall (going into the backyard). I would like minimal intrusion with mainly using the coverings at night for heat. Any ideas?

Joined: Apr 26 2003

We used cellular shades for our large windows.

They are available in a variety of cell sizes, like 3/8" or 3/4" and stack up quite small at the top, so they don't block much of the window when open.

Joined: Mar 20 2003

natural canvas with hooks on a tension wire is an option. Natural canvas is inexpensive (about a buck a yard) and offers both privacy and insulation when needed. By using clips, you can take them down easily and hang them in a closet when not inuse. That way, during the day, you don't need to see them and they aren't collecting dust. The tension wire basically "disappears".

Joined: Oct 10 2003

We also used cellular shades, for the master bedroom. They really do disappear, and provide a decent amount of insulation (we got the double cell, there are single, souble and triple cell available for increasing amounts of dough). I like the aesthetic of Joe B's canvas panels, but I wouldnt have the time to deal with it each day.

Joined: Apr 2 2003

Ikea carries tension wire drapery hardware, including clips. It's a very modern look. The hardware seems reasonable quality (at Ikea, quality varies a lot depending on the supplier). The clips are lightweight, however, so I don't think they would hold canvas but you could either investigate heavier weight clips or lighterweight fabric.

After investigating the look and cost of cellular blinds, I decided on the tension wire solution (at least for the time being) as being the most minimalist (both in aethestics and cost).

Good luck.

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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