We measured our lanai doors today and ran to Showcase Carpet to get a quote on roller blinds. I measured the doorways for inside mount, with 2 panels per doorway. For inside mount, both doorways measure 98″ width, 8.25″ length. Each panel is thus 49″ width. I was confident about an inside mount because my walls are 3.5″ thick.
Grace from Showcase gave me quotations for 2 kinds of shades:
- Block out: Php 6,700.00 for 2 panels, or 1 doorway.
- Dim out: Php 5,500.00 for 2 panels, or 1 doorway.
Since there are 2 doorways in the lanai, I need to get 4 blinds, for a total of 11k or 13,400.
I would have preferred just sunscreens out instead of block out shades, since it’s going to be for the lanai, not a bedroom – it’s basically a sun porch, hello. But they weren’t offering white “dim out” (Showcase’s term) blinds, just this beige-y cream color that looked too office-y for me. I wanted them white so they’d blend with the walls.
I was this close to paying the downpayment for the block out shades. Showcase seems to work fast, too; if I pay a downpayment before Saturday, they can install the blinds next Thursday.
But I rushed over to Wilcon as well to check prices. I was hoping I could get something ready made. But the ready made selections are vastly limited in terns of size. For our measurements, we really had to go custom. I got a quotation for three (3) different brands available in Wilcon. The cheapest is Php 4,700 per panel.
Clearly, Showcase is the better option, since for 5k ++ or 6k ++ I’ll be getting 2 sets of roller blinds, instead of 1. But Showcase closes at 5pm, so I headed home. I liked Showcase’s pricing and customer service so far, but I wasn’t feeling great about a complete black out in there and I wasn’t excited about the beige shades too.
I went home and finished cleaning and sorting the kids’ toys in the lanai. I had taken advantage of their being at their grandparents’ house visiting (labor strike, no school again). Otherwise, Alo will just end up unpacking all the toys I put in our donation boxes (like he did here).
Well, I was so happy with how clean the lanai turned out that I felt inspired. The hand-me-down curtains from my mother were dirty and didn’t suit the room at all. So, on a whim, I measured and noticed that the lanai ceiling was lower than the adjacent dining area. (The lanai was an add on). So maybe I didn’t need to get the 96″ curtains I used for the dining room – this has been the reason why I first decided on blinds over curtains. The cost! Getting curtains (proper long ones!) and the curtain rods combined would leave me spending at least 7k per doorway.
But since the lanai was apparentlty not as high ceiling as the dining room, I realized I may be able to get away with shorter, or regular length, curtains. I pulled out my too-short-for-the-dining room curtains and tried them out in the lanai:
I LOVED it. I was shocked. Haha. I need 4 panels per doorway (testing out how it looks with just 2 panels in that photo). If I can get those same curtains for those doors, then it will come out cheaper than blinds. Those curtains are from this brand, Pauline’s, available in Uratex, and they sell them per pair for around 300 or 400 something. As opposed to my Arq Living curtains – sold per panel, ack, for more than double, even triple the price, depending on the design.
I am now so on board with doing curtains. BUT! (There’s always a but). I still intend to replace the chunky curtain rods with the same slim black rod I used in the dining room, and I want the new rods in the lanai to be placed higher too. This means longer curtains – the ones in this photo are only around 87″ length. Elbe and I measure above the current rods, and I figured I’ll survive with 91-93″ length for curtains. And I somehow recall being at Uratex and having one of the sales clerks tell me their other set of those Pauline’s curtains measure 95″ length.
Except I’m not entirely sure if that was in Uratex because I’ve been canvassing a lot recently. Argh. Well, I am going to skedaddle there tomorrow. If they have the length I need, then done and DONE. Curtains it is. (The H prefers curtains actually, and wasn’t really sold on blinds for the playroom).
P.S. That’s the fan I had repaired. The 2nd repair person put the blades on backwards like the 1st repair person from West. Inis! Back to the shop. I am so not getting Asahi anything anymore. Anyhoo, it was supposed to go in the living room, but it works better for the lanai, because the kids like to play on the floor, so the bottom barrel is really useful. It’s still a big improvement from this electric fan, isn’t it? #lifeinthetropics hay. (I wonder if the white folk have to worry this much about electric fans in their homes?)