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    Question blinds vs curtains in the sewing room

    Which do you prefer? I was all set to get blinds (2" white fake wood) but now I'm not sure.

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    I prefer blinds. They give more options for controlling how much direct sunlight shines through the window.

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    I have both.

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    I have a roller shade and curtains.

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    In the sewing room, definitely blinds!

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    I would think that would be dependent on your room ... what works BEST for you????
    How much sunlight comes into your room? How much privacy you want in the room?

    For me ... I get very little direct sunlight in my sewing room, so when I am there, I throw open the curtains on the patio door and windows, so it can be open and bright and so that I can enjoy the view! When I am not there, they are shut to keep any outside eyes from peering in. (and that's not a problem, just a precaution!)
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    I have roller shades and valances in my sewing room. Much easier to clean than blinds (which I have in some other rooms until I get "a good mind" to lose them once and for all).

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    I love my blinds!

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    curtains for me....
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    It depends on so much more that what others are using.

    I have a NNW window in my basement sewing room. The window is just above ground level and there is a fence about 5 feet from the house.

    I do not have to worry about light damage or privacy.

    I found some butter yellow curtains that a local Thrift Shop which fit the window nicely. The yellow is bright, but not too bright and makes me think of diluted sunlight. The curtains are usually open.

    I have cats that love window sills and blinds do not work for them.
    Attending University. I will graduate a year after my son and year before my daughter.

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    I like my California shutters because I can adjust the louvers to allow as much or as little light as I want, or change the angle so the light comes in but doesn't shine directly on my face, or on a dull day, I can swing the entire shutter set open to allow all the light in. Best of both worlds for me. The other posters have all made good points too, it's important to figure out what you need.
    Good luck!
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    Well I know it's different for everyone. I am just asking for opinions like hundreds of other posts here. Thanks for the opinions and experiences, for those that provided them. I have a north facing window but right now I don't know what blinds are like (have never ever had them) so I wanted to find out what others thought of them. It's a new house so I can't really say exactly how much light comes in (I think the window is a bit smaller than my current one, and has no greenery around it like my current one does). We have no neighbors so privacy isn't an issue. I also have no animals in the house.

    thanks again to those that shared your opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    ...........I don't know what blinds are like (have never ever had them) so I wanted to find out what others thought of them.........
    There are so many types of blinds, from very inexpensive to super-high-end. And so many different styles ... metal, plastic, cloth, sheer, semi sheer, layered, etc.

    Your best way of seeing what they are like would be to go to a retail outlet that has a good display, where you can find out the different features/options and try them out!

    In my office I have one of the wooden slatted ones .... would never have one again, as with the width/height of the window it is one massive tug to get it to go up and down. Certainly not an easy thing to do!!

    Then there is the challenge to get it to stay level ... a problem with all blinds, particularly the horizontals.
    Unless of course, you pay for the ones that have an auto roller or power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    There are so many types of blinds, from very inexpensive to super-high-end. And so many different styles ... metal, plastic, cloth, sheer, semi sheer, layered, etc.

    Your best way of seeing what they are like would be to go to a retail outlet that has a good display, where you can find out the different features/options and try them out!
    That's why I specified 2" fake wood blinds in my original post. Home Depot has them and I can see how they open, close, etc but the samples are only about 1' wide and no other stores here have them. I can't find out what people's opinions of them are just by looking at the displays. How is this any different from the threads where someone asked what floor to get? Or what sewing table to get? I'm just wanting opinions and experiences from people who maybe have had both blinds and curtains and can give some feedback?

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    In my office I have one of the wooden slatted ones .... would never have one again, as with the width/height of the window it is one massive tug to get it to go up and down. Certainly not an easy thing to do!!

    Then there is the challenge to get it to stay level ... a problem with all blinds, particularly the horizontals.
    Unless of course, you pay for the ones that have an auto roller or power.
    thank you-that was helpful. My window is 6' wide so maybe it would be hard to get them up and down.

    My other issue is that I hate making curtains. Hate it. So if I have curtains I have to buy them and it's not easy to find cute curtains for sale.

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    agree with her...and I prefer vertical blinds over horizontal ones....they don't collect as much dust...
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    I prefer blinds. They give more options for controlling how much direct sunlight shines through the window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    .......... I'm just wanting opinions and experiences from people who maybe have had both blinds and curtains and can give some feedback?
    Which it would seem you received in EVERY post on this thread ...... including from myself!



    You seem to have become very defensive ... and yet your first post was very vague. We are not mind readers, and had very little to go on. You did get opinions based on experiences.

    Perhaps if you had given the more detailed info upfront, you would have received more direct answers to your concerns and been more pleased with the responses.
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    No. I was just responding to what works BEST for you???? and It depends on so much more that what others are using.

    I appreciate the help and recognize (and mentioned) that most were helpful. A simple reply of what you prefer and why is plenty. I can take into account the similarities and differences between my room and others' rooms based on the replies. But saying "whatever you want" or "it doesn't matter what anyone else uses" isn't really helpful. Otherwise what is the point of ever posting a question here at all if it has to do with what people have done/used/liked/experienced? This section of the board is filled with people asking what people have used in their sewing rooms and how it worked for them.

    Thanks everyone. I'm still thinking about it but will probably wait a bit longer to see what my new room is like once the furniture is in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    Thanks everyone. I'm still thinking about it but will probably wait a bit longer to see what my new room is like once the furniture is in there.
    Waiting seems wise. You'll be able to see what light comes in at different times of the year, depending on the angle of the sun.

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    as much as I love blinds, they are a pain to keep clean. I have curtain panels on clip rings that are super easy to slide open/close on the rod. Also they are easy to change out if I want a different look in there.

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    I have blinds. I love the control of light. I hate the dust. Fixing to build a new house. I told my husband NO blinds, unless I can have both blinds and curtains. Something else to thing about. I do not have carpet in my house. This means there no place for the dust to settle. It my not be as bad if you have carpet.

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    Curtains, much easier to wash curtains, than to dust blinds.

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    Have white 2 inch blinds and I like them a lot

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    I've always liked traverse rods. I love light in the daytime and privacy at night. This fits the bill for that. I do know that depending on the direction of the window that could be a problem on a sunny day(like a south window). But you can help this by putting sheers behind the drape.
    Blinds are quite adjustable for letting in light without the heat of the sun and for privacy but as others have said they are hard to keep level and hard to keep clean.
    Sally

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    We have curtains everywhere in the house, except the kitchen. There, it's a 1 1/2" or 2" horizontal blind.

    The curtains in the bedroom and the living room always have fur and dust all over them. It seems I'm forever taking a roller to them, and washing more than I would like.

    The curtains in the dining room, where my frame is set up are tied in knots - two knots per side because they dangle into the cords for the frame and generally get in the way.

    The curtains in the sewing room are constantly full of threads, fur and dust.

    The blinds in the kitchen need a quick wipe from time to time, mostly when food gets on then (they're over the sink). They're heavy, yes, but not often raised or lowered.

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    I love curtains...the ones in my quilt room are very nice, lined drapes, and its cozy in the evenings when closed. I have curtains in my kitchen that I made from Debbie Mumm (?) fabric -- coffee, latte, cappuccino names and cups imprinted, and am just finishing a matching tablecloth with scrappy edging. Love it! Want to do a bird themed set next. I like the idea of being able to switch off curtains in the kitchen for various times of the year.

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