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Published on November 26th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Nature-inspired Enje roller blind

Materials: Enje roller blind, hacksaw, scissors, acrylic paint

Description: Washroom windows are always a challenge. We wanted some privacy, of course, but I love natural light and did not want to cover up the window with opaque curtains or blinds. So we bought a white IKEA Enje roller blind. Enje roller blinds are great because they provide privacy but still let in a ton of light.

Our project involved a two-part hack. First, we had to cut the roller blind as it was a bit too wide for the window. We measured the inside dimensions of our window frame as the blind mounts inside the frame. We then removed the fabric from the roll and cut it to the right width. We drew a faint pencil line along the fabric and carefully cut along the line with a pair of sharp scissors. We then used a hacksaw to cut the metal rod that the curtain rolls onto as well as the metal piece at the bottom of the curtain. The rod is easily removed from the hanging hardware and the metal piece at the bottom of the blind has removable little caps on the ends, so even if your cuts are a bit rough it won’t be noticeable.

After we hung up the blind, we thought it looked a bit plain, so I decided to decorate it with some paint. I drew a tree design with pencil and filled it in with brown acrylic paint. The paint took to the fabric really well. We still get lots of natural light during the day and it looks great at night too.

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~ Steph @ BirdHouse Family, Canada

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Nature-inspired Enje roller blind

  1. Kerry says:

    Fantastic! This solves my bathroom window issue. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    How do you get the little end caps off ? i’ve tried a few methods and have failed miserably !

  3. Hi Nikki, we’d been planning an Ikea trip to the US (our nearest store) this weekend too, until we realized it was a holiday. We’ll wait until next weekend, but good luck to you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Clean, classy, minimalist, and functional. You really can’t beat that! Very nice work (and I am also inspired enough to be making an Ikea trip this weekend – no small feat on a shopping holiday!).

    Many thanks,
    Seattle, WA

  5. Jamesy – It was actually pretty easy to make. I’m no artist. I just started with the trunk and kept branching out with smaller and smaller branches.

  6. Jamesy says:

    Is there an artistically challenged version of that shade? It’s soo cool!

  7. Vee says:

    fabulous! inspired me to do something similar in my office! thanks!

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