window treatment

Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Upside down roller blinds

Materials: Isdans or Tupplur, Aluminum rod, Rod holder, screws, saw, screwdriver

Description: I wanted a blind, which covered the bottom part of the window, so people couldn’t look in, but I could still look out. I saw this really neat roller blind which could be opened from the bottom, but also from the top. Unfortunately these blinds were prohibitively expensive. Then I figured the same effect could be achieved with much cheaper Ikea blinds.

You can do this with Isdans or Tupplur blinds (you could also use Enje blinds, but since the rod is attached to this blind, you have to cut it off and sew a pocket for the new rod). If you still want light through the blind choose Isdans, otherwise choose Tupplur.

You buy an aluminum rod and rod holders at the hardware store. You can also use wooden or iron rods. The rod has a diameter of 1 cm (7/16 inch). I did this with aluminum rods up to 1.47m (4ft10). For rod holder I used a rod holder intended for closets (for clothes holder rods).

Step 1- Install the blind as per Ikea instructions, except you do it at the bottom of the window not the top, and the chain goes up not down.

If you also install a regular rolling blind (top down), then you probably want to put the chain on the opposite side from the regular blind chain (otherwise they’ll get intertwined).

Step 2- Install the rod holders at the desired height. The distance from the window depends on your window and what you want. With some windows I needed to account for the handle, and wanted to be able to open the window with closed blind, so there the rod holder needed to go further away from the window.

With other windows I didn’t care, so there the rod holder was as close to the window as possible.

You can install one set, but if you want to be able to close the blind at different heights, then you’ll have to install multiple sets.

Step 3- Saw the rod to the desired length (it should fit between the rod holders).

Step 4- Slide the rod into the blind pocket.

That’s it!

If you think the Isdans or Tupplur blinds are rather boring you can fix that with this hack.

~ Jan Metten Van der Meer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Jules Yap

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9 Responses to Upside down roller blinds

  1. Wink says:

    I may try using a pulley system attached to the top of the window with a cord connected to the blind, so it can be adjusted to any height.The cord could be tethered to the side with a type of clear or cord lock at the desired height.

  2. Charles Hall says:

    I’ve seen such in upside down roller blinds in my neighbor’s house and its really different. I wonder how the blind cleaning process is done with this upside down blind. I think its kinda techy.

  3. Talia Smith says:

    I love this! I know my brother had the same kind of hack. I remember him teaching me that. Anyway, I found these honey comb blinds in Perth, and it’s just as awesome as this.

  4. I still can’t get over this idea. It looks good on the windows and just like you said you can easily look out if you want to.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Like the idea however don’t like the overall look of the blind. i would suggest to install a wooden box or panel to cover the bottom part all the way across the window. This could be painted or stained for a more modern and sleek look.

  6. This would work for my windows, where the top part is a view of the trees but the bottom is the parking lot. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Op dit moment heb ik hetzelfde probleem met binnenkijkende mensen en ik heb al Tupplur rolgordijnen hangen (op de conventionele manier). Afgaande van jouw verhaal kan ik concluderen dat jij dit ook hebt en vervolgens de hack hebt gedaan. Kun je misschien een foto toevoegen van het totale eindresultaat? Ik heb een beetje moeite om in te schatten hoe het in z’n totaliteit er uit ziet.

    Voor een tweede set Tupplur ben ik nagenoeg evenveel kwijt als voor glasgordijnen. En misschien kan ik door de tweede set op een iets andere positie te bevestigen, er ook voor zorgen dat ik niet meer die irritante lichtinval tussen de twee Tupplur rolgordijnen in heb (mijn raam is 266 breed en heb daarom één rolgordijn van 60 en één van 200 breed, vanwege het 6cm verschil komt er dus nog behoorlijk wat licht binnen)

    Ik houd je hack in de gaten, ben er echt benieuwd naar het complete plaatje!

    • Jan Metten Van der Meer says:

      Ik heb inderdaad ook rolgordijnen gewoon hangen. Je kunt bij de eerste foto de kettingen aan beide kanten zien. Ik zou niet weten hoe ik op deze site aan deze hack foto’s kan toevoegen.

      Voor een raam van 266 cm heb je in ieder geval een dikkere stang nodig (anders buigt hij door in het midden), 1.5cm diameter zal zeker passen, en wellicht 2cm ook wel.
      Als je van die spleet af wilt zou je inderdaad twee rolgordijnen op zijn kop kunnen ophangen, maar dan moet je dus ook roedehouders helemaal bovenaan het raam bevestigen. Daar moet je dan wel bij kunnen als je het gordijn open/dicht doet.

  8. Sam says:

    I can’t work out if I like the idea of these or not.Think it’d take a bit of getting used to, but like you say, you don’t want people looking in, but you want to look out, and these work perfectly for that.

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