5 Problems with Condo Blinds and How to Fix it
Condos today come with beautiful floor to ceiling windows that
are wall-to-wall, but when it comes to actually living in the space these very
same windows that you loved for the view or light can quickly become a real
Once condo owners move-in, you usually find that you are facing
one or more of the following problems:
1) “It’s too bright in the bedrooms.”
You are being woken up way too early in the
morning – or worse yet, there is a lit-up billboard, street lamp, or flood
light from the pool streaming into your bedroom at night making it problematic
for falling asleep
Fix It Solution
- Blackout shades or drapery will
help darken the room for you. But be careful! Not all blinds are equal when it
comes to room darkening. Roller shades are the most popular condo blind, but
they leave gaps on the sides that allow light to stream in. If you are
super-sensitive to light or work shifts and don’t even want to know it’s
daylight out there, you can do a few things to covering up the annoying gap of
- Add side panels of drapery that
have a blackout liner at the back
- Ask the window covering
specialist for side channels that mount on the mullion. These are about 2” wide
and will allow the blind to slide it and cover the gap of light along the
sides. You will need a cassette or
fascia to stop the light from coming in at the top
2) “It’s too hot. My air-conditioning can’t keep up in
the summer even when on full-blast. I never even need to turn on the heat in
the winter because it gets so warm in here.”
Your condo unit likely faces south or west.
You probably loved the sunset views but are now usually sweating inside your
suite from the heat of the day by sunset-time.
Fix It Solution
- Putting an energy efficient blind
up will definitely help you keep your cool .
- There are great two-in-one blind
options so that you can still get light filtering during the day using the
front blind, but when the intense sun comes around in the afternoon, you will
want the blackout blind at the back lowered. You will notice the difference
feel like I live in a fishbowl and am on display, but I don’t want to lose the
light in the living space"
are many blinds that offer privacy AND light filtering options, similar to a
frosted window – but, the best thing is that you can raise the blinds and still
enjoy the view when you want!
condo-owners who are high in the sky - if think you don’t need blinds – trust
me, we can see you at night when stuck in rush-hour traffic or from a distance!
We can see your furniture, your art, what you’re making for dinner and what you
are watching on TV
have a bulkhead in the way which makes it hard to find the right size of window
coverings. Measuring this seems tricky”
a window coverings specialist who can measure this for you, as you won’t want
to get it wrong & have to pay twice for your custom window coverings.
- There are lots of solutions
from roller shades to drapery that can work around the bulkhead problem
5) " I
hate having to raise and lower 8+ blinds every day – especially since some of
them are hard to reach”
your blinds so that you can raise or lower them at a touch of a button. It
doesn’t get more convenient than that!