We have a utility/laundry/storage room in our new house. I built
shelves along one wall that are about 10' hight by 10' long and 16"
deep. My wife doesn't like to look at all the boxes and such and
wants to cover them up. I don't really want to build a lot of doors
on them because of the general layout of the room and accessibility to
the shelf space. So, I'm looking for suggestions on what would be a
good solution. She has suggested a series of curtains, but finding
10' high curtains without being custom made is tough.
The correct answer is "yes, dear".
So here's your evil plan. Agree with your wife !!! Tell her that
you'll go get a curtain rod and put it up and pick up some nice fabric
along the way. All she needs to do is sew a quick sleave and a hem
and it's done. NBD.
Go do your part and you're done. Then she'll either be quiet because
she makes the curtains and the project is done or (b) she won't do it
but at least she'll stop complaining because it's waiting for her to
do her part.
re: And, don't mount the curtain rod until she does her part
Or mount the rod, and hang a big sign on it that says something like:
Install Curtains Here.
The rod will fade from her view, but the sign will be a constant
Oh, yeah, attach the sign in such a manner that it will be hard for
her to take down.
ROF,L. There was a scene in the pilot for "Terminator: The Sarah
Connor Chronicles" in which she ducks behind a chair to evade gunfire.
Later one of the cops investigating the scene notes that the chair has
Kevlar in it.
Yeah, I tried that. Let me state we have been married 28 years,
together for 31. She doesn't have a sewing machine right now (old one
broke, can't afford another at the moment). But I'm going to push
that idea bit more. She is far to smart for the old ball in your
court routine. I did make the mistake of asking "Who cares, it's a
utility room?" The main problem with any of my negotiations is I
managed to finagle, when we renovated this house, a woodworking shop
attached to it. Problem is, I don't have the time or money right now
to set it up (20 degrees here, needs insulation) so I could do a
proper job of cabinetry.
But I bet I could find somebody around here with a sewing machine to
knock off some curtains. I'll look into it.
i made something like that to partition 1 bay from my 4 car garage for my
wife's studio so we could reasonably run a/c there. i used a very large
thick reinforced plastic tarp that gets drawn up onto the ceiling so the
garage door can open.
cave creek, az
Don't be silly. Your job is to read magazines, drink beer and service the
woman at your leisure.
You can buy something like that really cheap at places like Target or Slob
Mart. If you want something a little nicer, walk into a JC Penney store and
see what they have in the curtain department. Check the web site first for
ideas. www.jcpenney.com They always seem to have that stuff on sale. If
not, wait a week.
JCP usually has very knowledgeable window covering people working in that
departement. Tell the person you want to mount something from the ceiling
because your wife is obsessive-compulsive and insists on not knowing what's
on the shelves.
I once made the style where there are plastic loops on the back with
ropes running through them from the top of the curtain and attached to
a bar at the bottom.
When you pull the drawstring, the curtain draws up until it hits a row
of loops, folds over on itself and keeps goin until it hits the next
row, folding over on itself once again. You end with horizontal layers
of curtain at the top, with the whole thing being as wide as the
distance between the horizontol rows of loops.
Does any of that make sense?.
Okay, the "it's in your court scenario" isn't going to work.
So if she doesn't fall for that, she probably won't fall for lowering
the light in the room until it's below the level of the shelf. Too
So what about those old fashioned, cheap roller blinds that they used
to put behind curtains to shut out light. You can still get them for
next-to-nothing as any big store (Walmart, Kmart, Target, EtcMart).
You know, the ones you pull down, and to raise them, you pulled them
down a little more and they rolled back up. You could ceiling mount
then to cover your stuff and they would be out of the way when you
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