Living Room

Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Overlapping gliding panels

Materials: Kvartal, Anno Tupplur

Description: We have a rather large window on the living room, approx 2.5m wide, where we wanted to place some panel curtains (like the Anno Tupplur ones). However, these ones are quite narrow (about 60cm), so we would need 5 panels and to rethink the “standard” rail mounting, where we would need 5 rails (so that the panels could overlap when the curtain is open, but would create a pyramid like effect).

Our idea was to use only 2 rails, as far as possible one from the other (using the largest Kvartal wall hardware), and fixing the panels in diagonal, using both rails.

This way, when fully opened, the panels would cover all the window in a slight overlapping way, but will occupy little space when we want to see the through the window.

Finally, so that the panels move together, we used a small screw on the back of the top panel rail which will push the rail on the back as soon as they touch. We also tied this screws together, so that when a panel is pulled it pulls the one right behind. I’m afraid the pic is not very clear, but I think you’ll get the idea…

~ Mário Nogueira, Portugal

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18 Responses to Overlapping gliding panels

  1. linda says:

    brilliant idea. i’ve been wondering how on earth i could get the kvartal system to do something like this so that i could enjoy the views out the windows without so much blockage from the panels.

    thanks for sharing this hack! i wish they would use some of these hacks at ikea. it seems like some of the workers there are a bit oblivious! :)

  2. donna says:

    oh god help mi tomorrow.. i will be trying this this. its a good look. and easy way out of the kvartal contraption

  3. Giuward says:

    Thank you so much, it’ just what I needed. With regard to the screw hack, try to look at the photo upside down and probably you’ll get trough.

  4. Tereza says:

    I think I lack the imagination needed for this hack because I still don’t get the screw part and where to install them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is great…just love it. Can you explain in more detail how you get the panel ahead of the one being pulled to move?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Genius, more light and cheaper than the normal ikea version

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bella idea!!! La copiero’ !!! Grazie

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. Costs less than the other multi-track options. It also gives for a different layered look.

  9. one_screw_left says:

    Great idea!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes the most clever idea is something seemingly simple. Looks nice. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Liz T. says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    Very clever! Just the solution for our windows. I’ll be copying this!


  13. Anonymous says:

    brilliant idea!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Indeed, this is pure genius and a model Ikeahack. Bravo!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Neat! Love the modern “californian blinds” effect (that’s how we call vertical blinds in France).

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