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!!
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!
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!!