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August 30, 2010

MANHATTAN NEST HAS MOVED. THIS POST CAN NOW BE VIEWED HERE!

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  1. August 30, 2010 2:31 am

    I think it looks fab. You should see were mine are a little toasty from being cut with a miter saw with a steel blade…it’s like someone tried to smoke them.

  2. August 30, 2010 1:11 pm

    Woohoo window treatments! I was just thinking about getting one of these shades for our last window with mini blinds (ok, ok, I confess, the last one I’ve shown on the blog).

  3. What? permalink
    August 30, 2010 7:53 pm

    Daniel, really a great site!

    For the A/C, take a look at this: http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/diy-project/10-ways-to-hide-an-ac-or-heater-125352

    Greetings from Italy!

  4. Sarah permalink
    August 30, 2010 8:45 pm

    You did good, kid.

  5. August 30, 2010 10:04 pm

    They look great — I’ve always wondered if those blinds were worth test driving. You’ve convinced me.

  6. Danyelle permalink
    August 31, 2010 2:12 am

    I really want to get these blinds too but I have a really huge window that I have to cover. It will take two 47 * 98 and $70 for window treatment–I just don’t know.

  7. Shannon permalink
    August 31, 2010 10:45 pm

    Hi, I got linked to your fantastic bed revamp from IkeaHack and had to check out the rest of your blog. I work at a blind store.. my recommendation for future roller blind cutdowns? Unroll the blind completely, then roll it back up with a thin paper on top (we have this brown roll that’s about the weight of tracing paper, but you could probably use tissue or newspaper too). Make sure you roll it up straight so you don’t have uneven edges. Then wrap the end in masking tape and use a table saw to cut it down. If the bottom rail is metal, cut that end first. I don’t know much about physics but the BIG BOSSES at head office tell us the paper and tape helps slow the saw so it doesn’t rip your fabric to smithereens! Solar screens are particularly asshole-ish so you may still need a pair of scissors to trip loose threads… but it’s definitely better than cutting them down unwrapped.

    • September 1, 2010 1:39 am

      Thank you for this!! Everyone, take note. Expert in the hizz-ouse!

  8. September 1, 2010 5:37 pm

    I’ve had my Enje blinds (after seeing them on D16) leaning in their packaging in a corner of my office/dressing room for about a year. I need a YouTube video of this process to guide me through the process, even with the valuable advice above and reading both Anna’s and Morgan’s how-tos. I’m terrified to cut them. Especially now that they’re DISCONTINUED!!! Hence, I’ve probably been peeped daily between Shower Time and Fully Dressed Time by my (hopefully happy) neighbours. :(

    • September 18, 2010 2:39 pm

      Hi, weeks later…

      Seriously, it’s really easy. If you have a pair of GOOD, REALLY SHARP fabric shears that have never been used to cut anything but fabric, you’ll have no problem. Just unroll completely, draw a super-light pencil line, and cut slowly with your shears moving along the surface of the floor/table.

      (I don’t think they’re discontinued, thought—there was a “recall”, but that was just to give people a spare part in case it had gone missing. IKEA still has them in stock and on their website.)

  9. abby permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:19 am

    ah ha so the metal pieces are cutable? ’cause i’ve been weighing these but they just thatmuch too big. so i can cut them with just a saw and somebody else’s muscles?

    • September 8, 2010 5:56 am

      Yes! Basically, you just pop off the end pieces on the top and the bottom. The top is a metal pipe that you just cut to size (taking into account the space the brackets take up when hung + the width of the end pieces you just took off). The fabric slides really easily out of the bottom metal bar, making it pretty easy to cut. Then just cut the fabric as straight as you can and pop those few pieces back into place and you’re in business.

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