Cheap and Easy Thermal Shades

Last summer, after our big, sick Elm tree was taken down, we immediately noticed a difference in the temperature inside the house.  Without the shade of that big old tree, it was a scorcher!

We have large windows facing south, so the summer sun affects the comfort of three of our most used rooms.  I have blinds in one room, so we can avert the sun’s rays there, but in the other two rooms, I have curtains.  The windows are three large panes across and it is not only hard to find a single shade that wide, but it is also extremely expensive!

I checked into shades that would fit each panel, which are easier to find, but still very expensive.

So, online fabric store to the rescue!

With the help of my daughter, I found thermal shade material and a coupon for free shipping!  I spent $15.00!!

Cheap and Easy Thermal Shades

I got enough material to cover each pane of the windows.  All I had to do was cut the material to fit.  No hemming required, because the backing on the material is kind of rubbery.  Then, I sewed some metal washers onto the top edge of each panel and pounded a couple nails for each panel, into the window frame.  Voila!

Cheap and Easy Thermal Shades

I used metal washers simply because I had a lot of them, they would work, and I didn’t have to spend money getting something else!

Checking on the price of a variety of thermal shades, I found the average price to be around $50.00 per panel. (Yikes!)  For six panes, that would be $300.00.  I spent $15.00!

MONEY SAVED: $285.00!!


2 thoughts on “Cheap and Easy Thermal Shades

  1. We also had a tree cut down recently, and there’s just too much light now coming into the room. This is a great solution! What online store did you go to? Also, how do you move the shades out of the way when you want to let light in?

    • I shopped at JoAnn’s Fabrics. When I want to let the light in, I just take the shades down, fold them (carefully, because the material will wrinkle) and lay them flat in a closet. Not the most convenient, but for the money I saved, I can deal with it!

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