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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Beautiful, EASY Skylight Light-Blocking Shade for UNDER $10

We have a wonderful skylight in our camper. I love it, except in the morning when it's like a prison searchlight hitting my eyes! It came with a 'light diffusing' shade installed, which basically means it does NOTHING to block the light.

I looked into buying a shade for it - very expensive! So, I've been stuffing a piece of reflectix in it at night. It looks tacky, I may live in a travel trailer, but I have my standards! It also ends up laying around and getting in the way all day, until of course, I need to put it back up and then it can't be found.

Well, guess what! I came up with a way to make my own custom blind for any size skylight for less than $10! Actually, for $10 I would have enough supplies to make 4 skylight blinds!

My skylight measures 13" deep x 22" wide. For some reason it looks small and square in the photos!

This is what you need: 

I got it all at Lowes, but Home Depot carries them too, I think.

Redi-Shade (made in the USA) of your choice -
(36"x72" Paper Light Blocking $5.47)
Exacto knife or scissors
Elmer's glue (or similar)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue

 Any kind of base type molding will work. I had a small piece of PVC molding that worked perfectly, but if I had to buy it, I could have gotten a piece 8' long for under $5.  This is what my molding looks like.
If you can't find this type, you can use any molding that has a flat side to glue and enough projection to hold your blind in place. You can get fancy!

Measure the opening and decide if you want to go across the long or the short side. Let's say that I chose the short side because it works best for the location of our skylight (right in front of the bed) but, actually I only had a small scrap and it wasn't long enough to go across the other sides.

I glued it in like this:

Cut the molding to fit each side. Hot glue in place. Curse because you just got hot glue in your hair (again)

Looks good, eh? Can hardly tell it's not part of the original skylight.

(Try to schedule this mod for after 5pm so you can take a wine break at this point. Well, maybe you should finish cutting the blind first)

Make sure you have the adhesive strip on one end of the shade material. Cut the Redi-Shade to fit the opening. Cut it tight, then adjust it to fit by trimming small amounts off. I had to cut the sides at a little bit of an angle to fit. It went together with no problem at all! Easiest mod I've done.

After the shade is cut to size, cut another piece of molding to go across the front. You can use the same as the sides. I was using scrap and didn't have enough for the front, so mine is made from a scrap of different molding.

It just needs to make a strong front edge to the shade. It can be plastic, wood, or just about anything. Probably not bread, it will attract ants.

Glue the wood to the front of the blind. 

You want it to be on the bottom edge when the shade is folded.

Test fit everything. This is the last chance to easily change things.

Wipe the frame with alcohol so the adhesive will stick well, expose the adhesive strip and stick it to the skylight .


A lot less noticeable than the original shade was! 

And it BLOCKS the light!

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So, let me know how you like and where you're going to put one!

Just don't contact me early in the morning because

I'M SLEEPING IN!!!




1 comment:

Lals said...

Very clever thanks!

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