Friday, July 10, 2009

A Creative Solution to Cover Half-Circle (Arched) Window

(update to this blog entry - JCPenney no longer carries RediShade. I found it at Lowe's Home Improvement stores.)
We've lived in our current home for 10 years. During those 10 years I have endured the sunlight streaming in through our half-circle window in the kitchen right into my eye at the breakfast table every morning. The thought of having to special order an expensive custom fit shade wasn't something I was excited about. We have other more important things that our money needs to be spent on.

However, with our current home improvement kick, I was inspired to take care of it. I did a little research on the Internet trying to find something at Wal-Mart or Target that would cover this window inexpensively. I found nothing.


I finally relented and went to the JCPenney website and found something that worked. It was on sale this week for $30 so I was thrilled. I went in to my nearby store to special order it only to find out that I had to go online and order it. However, the sales lady pulled me aside and showed me a temporary shade called RediShade. She told me how to purchase the straight shade, trim it so that it fit across the bottom of the window and then bring up both ends to the center, pull off the adhesive strip and stick together to make the half-circle. The best part: It was only $7.99! I was practically jumping up and down! As you can see, it worked quite well and I never have to endure sun in my eyes at breakfast again!

The RediShade website shows an Arch window shade, but our JCPenney didn't carry it. The solution suggested by the saleslady worked perfectly. Another cool feature: you can customize your shade to coordinate with your room. I'm happy with the white color as it looks nice with my existing blinds. I feel blessed to have found such an inexpensive solution to cover this window. This is another way God blesses us financially. It isn't always a mystery check that comes in the mail, sometimes it is with unexpected savings that we are blessed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

WoW!! I've been trying to find a cost effective means to cover 2 half circles in my home. This is a great solution. Thanks Fraz!

Sara Yearning For More said...

I am blacking out my master bedroom in a new house (haven't moved in yet). I didn't know what I would do about these arches, I have two in the master that let a lot of light in. This post was very helpful and get me right to the Redishade site where I found the blackouts that I wanted and the directions for the arches that you described in your post. This was awesome and extremely helpful. It is also going to solve a sun peaking in issue that we have at my parents house for a minimum cost. Great Post! :)

Frazzled Mom said...

Isn't saving money fun! I love simple solutions.

Anonymous said...

"trim it so that it fit across the bottom of the window and then bring up both ends to the center, pull off the adhesive strip and stick together to make the half-circle."

Neat technique, but doesn't this create only a quarter-circle? I just tried this with a folded piece of paper.

Sorry for being daft, but I could really use some detailed instructions! :)

Thanks for posting about this, Frazzled Mom!

Anonymous said...

Just an addendum to my last comment, wouldn't you need two pieces?

Something like how this kid created a paper fan using two pieces of paper?
http://youtu.be/JJ1EIPISceU?t=3m25s

Frazzled Mom said...

dear confused friend - we are using the shades made for a rectangle window. It is all folded up on your table in front of you so that it is a long strip in a horizontal line in front of you. Grab the very top layer of each short end of the shade with each hand. Bring your hands together so that they meet in front of your face. Ta da! It is a half circle. Hope that makes sense.

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