Curtains or Roman Shades?

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Q: I am about to move into this East Village one bedroom apartment. I had initially envisioned long white curtains from ceiling to floor, but as you can see, both the living room and the bedroom have these huge AC units right next to the wall that make long curtains impossible.

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The super is actually building something to cover it, but that's a whole other issue I'm not quite ready to deal with:

My next thought was to get white linen roman shades, but the windows are so long, and an odd size, so the only option is to customize them, which is beyond my budget. I could go the bamboo route, but I am not sure how much that will block out light. Will it look weird if each window has a curtain length that's a different size? Does anyone have suggestions as to what to do here? Because I'm completely puzzled.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.