Home>Discussions>INTERIORS>Living Areas & Workspaces>Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma
18 posts / 0 new
Last post
Anonymous (not verified)
Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

TOH multimedia editor Alex Bandon writes:

"The bedroom of my ground-floor apartment doesn't get direct sunlight. To capture light, the building's owner cut two windows into the bedroom wall, flanking the large double doors to the living room.

The problem with this is the lack of privacy between the bedroom and living room when guests are over. I'm trying to devise a way to limit sound but get light and ventilation in the bedroom. Got any ideas?"

HELP ALEX SOLVE HER PROBLEM, AND YOUR ANSWER MIGHT APPEAR ON THISOLDHOUSE.COM.

We've attached a photo of Alex's bedroom so you can see the problem for yourself.

havanagranite
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

in my view simple is usually best. I would close off the windows that the owner cut in and put in a transom window above the door.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

Close the bedroom window with a heavy duty louvered insert and the doors with shuttered doors. They can be full open for max light and ventilation, partial closed for ventilation, defused light, and semi privacy, or closed all the way to cut sound light and ventilation.
Jack

Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

How bout using mirror or glass that lets you see thru one way, but not the other, like on Law and Order interrogations!
Susie

MJCo
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

You could leave your shutters there as they operate from the bedroom, and devise a sound block you can place for when guests are present and remove once you're alone:

Place a small, decorative hook above the opening on the livingroom side, hang a framed painting, tapestry or quilt which covers the opening. Tightly fit the opening with a piece of thick styrofoam behind the artwork. From the living room your guests see only the artwork. From the bedroom the shutters cover the styrofoam.

After your guests leave you can remove the artwork and the styrofoam to storage. Nice thing about a tapestry or quilt - you can roll it up so if you're short of storage space it isn't much of an issue. Hang a small ornament or suncatcher from the hook to dazzle in that sunlight you like so much.

A. Spruce
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

I would go with a dressing screen. The different designs are innumerable and can be custom made to the environment.

You could also hang a tapestry over the openings, leaving 3" to 4" between the wall and the tapestry for air flow and light.

karenduhe
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

You could get some glass blocks (frosted)and install them in the windows which will solve 3 of your problems. 1) you will still get natural light 2) you can solve noise issue and 3) you can still have a certain amount of privacy with them.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

you can install window screens and paint them a design. if the bedroom is dark you'll be able to see through the screen to the light but if the living room is well lit looking at the window screens you would only see the painted design. there are classes you can take on how to paint decorative window screens.

have you seen the "S" shaped blind slats for verticle blinds at home depot? you can buy them in groups of six slats and cut them to length, you can also get the rails cut to length. they don't have cords they use a rod that rotates the blinds and you use the same rod to pull them open or closed and the tracks are reversable - although you have to unthread the hanger/gear guys off the rotating cam rod and re-thread them to go the opposite overlay direction but it can be done with some patience. set one on each window one that you re-tread to the reverse direction (rather than just try turning it around - wont work in this case) and do an inside mount to the top of the window opening. this way the "s" works and tilt them each one going with the direction to the side walls - will let light and air in when not fully tilted closed to the "s" lap lock yet still give privacy to view straight in. can close all the way for total privacy and light seal - or open, or open and retracted to one side (open them out away from door).

if there is glass in the window openings you have some options.

if you want you can permanently etch the glass with etching compound, you can use templets to make designs and mask off a clear boarder stripe.

you can use faux etching compound which can be washed off leaving the window glass as it was when you move.

you can apply a decorative film to the window glass. this could be your basic faux etched look or a more radical stained glass look.

you can use faux stained glass paint, there are even faux caning kits, you can remove this later by scraping and clean with alcohol and restore the original glass.

you could purchase or make stained glass panels and hang them on the bedroom side of the window glass, or if there is no glass you can suspend them in the openings. hooks and eyes work well.

two spring rods in each window with sheers (top and bottom of the opening) and you can tie them in the center when home alone, and release the ties when you require the privacy.

kentvw
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm?

doitdeb
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

I would put one of those streamlined waterfalls right in the window opening. You could still get light and air and the water sound will mask noises as well as be soothing. Plastic shutters would not be affected by any water overspray and the window could be encased in plastic moulding. Maybe just put it in front of the window on a table also.

deb

towergirl
Re: Help TOH editor Alex Bandon solve her bedroom design dilemma

Use glass blocks to fill or partially fill the open spaces

Pages

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.