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01 January 2009 @ 11:31 pm
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11:14 The moon and Venus were lovely last night. I missed Mercury and Jupiter though. #

16:43 twitpic.com/yowr - Study/computer room. Trying to decide between curtains, blinds, or both. And if curtains, pole or rail; one or ... #

16:47 twitpic.com/yoyc - If poles, I'd be thinking something like the chrome one near the middle here. #

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holmesfanholmesfan on January 1st, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Doubtless you have already thought of this but after the trouble we've had will mention that the light factor, and the angle of intruding sun - if any - is really important for computer use. Our place was hopeless at some times as the glare from the sun made computer use impossible.
AS far as blinds, curtains rods etc need to consider what else you want on the walls near the windows or are you totally minimalistic ?
a very caring potatomollydot on January 2nd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
We made sure that the windows in that room were north facing, so there shouldn't be any glare at all.

We have a few spots in that room with plenty of sockets, and between the windows is one of then, so a potential desk spot. So curtains going between the windows would be silly, yes. Curtains at all would probably depend on the size of the desk and how much space we are willing to leave between desk and floor. Also, we wouldn't want curtains to interfere with computer vents/fans. Hmm. More thinking required. Thanks!
holmesfanholmesfan on January 2nd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Glad to have given you some things to think about. This house is split level and our computer/study/library is slightly below ground with small wide windows at the top of the room almost on street level, so the angles from the sun are unusual.
You could certainly use lots of space (like a table or) cabinet beside the computer so long curtains would be a nightmare.
With our two computers there are lots of cords in a bit of a tangle.
Good luck sorting your spaces out.
(Anonymous) on January 2nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Rails mount closer to the wall so the curtains don't put as much strain on the wall fixings. If you are mounting directly on plasterboard, definitely go with rails.

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a very caring potatomollydot on January 2nd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Really? Poo. I don't mind so much about this room, but there's other places I definitely want to put poles. And some of those windows are wider.

Yes, I think I have an idea :-)
a very caring potatomollydot on January 2nd, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Luckily, I don't think it is plasterboard after all, but plaster on block. I think the plasterboard is all on the ceiling. Also, there's definitely a scratch coat on the walls and I presume that wouldn't be needed for plasterboard.
davidg666 on January 2nd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
My opinions:
  • Whether you get blinds or curtains of either kind, get two, one per window. I think one wide thing that spans both windows would look odd and also make the bit of wall between them useless for putting pictures or whatever on.

  • If you get poles rather than rails, I like the metal ones you showed in that picture (assuming they're really brushed stainless steel rather than shiny shiny chrome)

  • the remark about rails being closer to the wall and therefore putting less strain on the wall fixing is true, especially since poles can only have three brackets, however if you really like poles, there may be ways around that. Especially if you had one pole per window, I'd be quite comfortable since that'd mean three brackets over each window, each bracket using two fixings — if each fixing uses the strongest possible kind then it might be OK — certainly don't just use rawl plugs and screws, but something much stronger that's designed tor strong fixings to plasterboard.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 2nd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
* I was torn between silliness of one pole over both, and overcrowdedness of two pole ends close together. I think one pole would have to have long curtains, which would also make the sockets awkward to use, though not impossible.

* you know, I can't remember .how shiny they are. I only saw them on Tuesday! I think they are somewhat shiny. I'd prefer matt if I could find it.

* that's a pain. I have wider windows I do want to use poles with. But it must be possible - here's a window in Dublin: http://twitpic.com/yxvu Photo doesn't let you know how wide window is, but it's a double window. Though I don't know what the wall is like. ... actually, I don't think ours is plasterboard, just plaster on block. There was plasterboard hanging around the house, but I think that was all for the ceilings. Yay!

That photo also serves to show the kind of pole I'm thinking of for another room, over a patio door. This one is definitely matte. In yet another room, I think I'd go for black, more ornate ones.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 2nd, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comments. Reading them, and the thoughts arising from that, is making me lean towards blinds. Maybe wooden vertical blinds. I haven't got a good picture in my head of what I want the room to look like, but we'd like to get the windows covered sooner rather than later for privacy/security reasons.
(Anonymous) on January 3rd, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
I should add that it's not at all impossible to mount curtains and poles on a plasterboard wall... it just takes more effort. I have wide, full length heavy curtains over my living room/balcony window on a pole. But I mounted a long piece of wood over the window first, fixed to the wooden laths behind the plasterboard, then mounted the pole brackets on that. It has stayed up for 5 years.

Not so with my bedroom curtains. They were far narrower, lighter and only half-length so I mounted the pole directly on the plasterboard, using the correct fixings. They eventually fell down so I replaced it with a curtain rail. Much more secure and looks fine in a bedroom.

You will know if you have a plasterboard wall because if you tap it it sounds hollow.