We have a drafty window right over our bed, and my project each winter is stopping the freezing breezes from drifting down the wall onto our heads. One year I tried moving the bed, but that didn't work because the room is too small for the bed to make sense anywhere but where it is. One year I tried one of those long sand bag things. One year I tried towels stuffed inside and outside the window.
This year I tried insulating curtains. The first set cost $40 for two panels and were a total failure: they in fact CHANNELED the cold air so that it hit our heads with less diffusion. I returned them.
Yesterday I considered some curtains that cost $70 for two panels and looked like quilts. Then I thought maybe I should just get a quilt if I could find one on clearance, and it is the right time of year for that. We don't use that window for light (the shade usually stays down all day) so I don't need panels that can be opened and closed. Several aisles over, a nice brown one with the stitching done in circles, from Target's Vintage Modern Thomas O'Brien line, 75% off so it was $25.
It's king-sized, so I folded it in half (by folding both edges to the center line---that makes both edges nice and pretty), and then put it over the curtain rod like hanging a towel on a towel bar. I tugged on the front part until the back part exactly fit into the window area. So now the window has two layers of quilt (like the part of the towel that would be against the wall) pressed right up against it, and then there are two more layers of quilt (like the front part of the towel) resting against that to hold it in place.
We tested it last night and it's great. Plus, it's easy to take down in the spring when we want to be able to open the window. Plus, it's still a king-sized quilt, so when we eventually replace that window with something less drafty, we can use the quilt on our bed.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...