The pictures show a minimalist panel constructed from one piece of light-blocking fabric.
- Two ½-inch-diameter dowels at least as long as the inside width of your windows. These will serve as rods.
- Eight ½-inch-diameter and ⅛-inch-thick countersunk rare-earth magnets. (I got mine from Amazon.)
- Four #4 screws, ½ inch long minimum
- Light-blocking fabric slightly larger than the inside dimensions of your window. The width should be the inside width of your window frame plus about 2 inches for a hem on each side. The length should be the inside height of your window frame plus about 5¼ inches for two pockets and a hem. (See the diagram below.)
- Handsaw (for cutting dowels to size)
- Sewing machine
- Electric drill (for drilling pilot holes)
1. Measure the inside dimensions of your window frame.
2. Hem the sides of the fabric and then create the two rod pockets. For the top rod pocket, fold ¼ inch of fabric over and press to flatten. Fold again 2 inches, press flat, pin it down and sew it close to the edge. Leave the sides open to allow the rod to slip into the pocket. (See the photo below.)
Create a pocket in the middle of the panel: Fold over 2 inches of fabric and sew across the opening, creating a flap across the back of the panel. Leave the sides open for the rod.
I put this middle flap about 13 inches from the top of my window panel, but where you put yours will depend on the window height and how much of your panel you want to leave open on the top.
7. Note each magnet’s polarity. Choose a magnet that attracts the dowel-end magnet and screw it into the inside of the window frame.
Repeat these two steps for the second rod. In my case the second set of magnets was 13 inches below the first.
To open just the top portion, detach the top rod and fold the fabric down on the window side. The top rod will hang while the second rod holds the panel in place, creating an opening that maintains privacy but brings in light from above.
To open up just the bottom portion of your window, detach the top rod, fold it down on the window side and move the second rod to the top magnet position.
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