Window film: a thrifty alternative to blinds & curtains.
Solving our window woes.
‘By George, he’s done it!’ Last weekend, Mr T finally found a solution for the awkward-shaped windows in our extension: static window film. What’s more, it’s a thrifty DIY solution to boot! Yay, Mr T!
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know we’ve been looking for ways to control the levels of natural light in our open plan kitchen/living/dining room.
Although we love having such a bright, airy space, the light coming through the windows at certain times of the day is too bright, making it difficult to work in there or watch television.
In ‘Let there be light! As long as I can control it with blinds‘, I showed you the roller blinds we’d had fitted in our kitchen and above our folding glass doors. I also told you about our plans to order VELUX blinds for our four VELUX roof windows before summer comes around again.
However, we were still left with the problem of how to control the sunlight coming through the three triangular windows above our folding glass doors. We knew that custom-made blinds for these windows would be expensive. Furthermore, blinds and curtains would spoil the overall look of these lovely feature windows.
Mr T to the rescue.
I’m delighted to report that last weekend Mr T finally solved our awkward window woes. He discovered a fantastic product at The Range: Static window film, by the German company, D-C-Fix.
He chose ‘frosted glass’ window film as we wanted to reduce glare and filter the light, not block it out completely. However, there are lots of different options available, from solid colours to etched privacy glass.
In addition to being a thrifty DIY solution, at £5.88 per 67.5cm x 150cm roll, the advantage of window film is it can be removed and reapplied easily, adhering to the windows using static. This means there’s no sticky residue. Yay, window film!
Window film is simple to apply too, with easy-to-follow instructions printed on the roll.
How to apply static window film.
You will need:
- D-C-Fix window film (we got ours from The Range*, but it’s probably available at other large hardware and DIY stores).
- Stanley knife
- Spray bottle filled with water.
- Window squeegee.
*Please note: The window film on The Range website is not the same, being self-adhesive rather than static. We bought our static window film from one of their stores.
1. In order to apply the film properly, clean the glass thoroughly and apply only to a flat surface.
2. Measure the size required using the grid on the backing paper (allowing 2mm distance to window frame).
3. Cut the film carefully.
4. Spray glass with water.
5. Remove backing paper completely and position film on glass.
6. Spray film surface with water.
7. Using a squeegee, remove moisture, starting from the centre out to the edges.
That’s all there is to it! Simples!
We are delighted with the results. It’s neat, unobtrusive and there are no air bubbles or creases, (unlike with my numerous failed attempts to put screen protectors on my mobile phone).
Over to you.
Have you ever used a window product like this? If so, where have you used it and what do you think? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
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What a top idea for what you needed it for. We have used the sticky one on a window to obscure a view in so I’m familiar with these films. In fact it is quite popular where I live because of the big Victorian windows. Looks great on your windows Jane. I’m wondering if there may be a need for our roof.
Thanks, Nicky. Yep, see how you go on with the loft once finished (I look forward to that blog post!). We lived with things as they were for a while and then realised how the sunlight impacted on us…This film is great because it doesn’t have nasty adhesive so we can peel it off in the winter if we like. Mind you, it’s so neat, I think it’s fine to keep it up all year round.
hahaa, great idea. I have a hall window which is overlooked by the window of the stair well my block of flats. I have bought a blind but it blocks out the light. This film is a great solution because it lets in some light but people cannot see in. Great idea! thanks. Pen x #KCACOLS
Yay! Good to know I may have solved your window woes too!
Wow – this is a brilliant idea!! Love it!
Ah, thanks Katy! Rich earned plenty of thrifty brownie points with this one!