Making Blackout Shades for Napping

Making Blackout Shades for Napping

Carrie McBride
Jul 22, 2011

Q: I have a 4-month-old who refuses to nap. Her nursery is on the 29th floor facing North and West in Manhattan, so there isn't direct sunlight, but the room has two windows, so it's pretty bright. I'd like to encourage napping by blocking out the light, but unfortunately, the windows are situated in such a way that I can't install a double rod for an additional blackout curtain. The apartment comes with white rollers for the windows. Since I'm renting, is there anything I can temporarily have on the rollers to have a blackout effect in the room? I was thinking about taping on some wrapping paper to the rollers, but I'm not sure they'll stay once the rollers wind up. Any suggestions?

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Editor: I have a feeling wrapping paper, even if you decoupaged it, might not be long-lasting. Here are two ideas which would alter the shades but they are relatively inexpensive so I would just replace them when you move: try painting a shade like Jenny of Little Green Notebook did when she worked on Toby's nursery. Or, adhere fabric to a shade like Rachel of Lazy Cozy. Readers, what other ideas do you have?

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