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IKEA SCHOTTIS BLINDS FIXES
Despite its versatility, you might run into some issues while using IKEA Schottis. Luckily, there are several quick fixes to help you with that. Let’s have a quick look at them and what you can do to fix them:
#1 DOUBLE SIDED TAPE WON’T STICK
You need to stick the double-sided tape of the top edge of the shade onto the intended surface.
But sometimes, it just doesn’t stick well (like on my orange peel wall), or it will peel off after some time. My quick fix here is to use a tension rod (which I got from Daiso).
I simply folded the top edge of the shade and stapled it down to form a loop. Don’t worry; it should be large enough to fit the rod.
The staples don’t look great, but it’s not very noticeable from a distance either. It’s also a remarkably quick fix that took me less than 2 minutes to get over with, so it will have to do for now.
After that, I inserted the rod and wound it to the right tension for my window opening. The good news is that it’s been up for over a year with no problems whatsoever.
If you want a neater finish, use hot glue or sew a stitch across.
#2 CLIPS WON’T HOLD UP THE PLEATS
The plastic clips that keep the blinds open in the desired position are quite feeble. I tried to use them at first, but they kept coming off, especially after a strong gust of wind. So, I went for binder clips instead to keep them in place, and it worked out just fine.
IKEA plastic clipBinder clip
#3 PAPER BLINDS DON’T STAY UP
If you want to enjoy some privacy but the blinds keep falling down, here’s how to make paper blinds stay up.
All you need to do here is use double-sided tape at the top to reinforce the attachment to the wall.
TOP IKEA SCHOTTIS HACKS TO CONSIDER
As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to these blinds. So here are a few out-of-the-box hacks that you can try with IKEA SCHOTTIS.
April of White Grey House trimmed the shades for her window. Rather than throw the discarded material, she turned them into pom poms. And it’s so simple. She joined both ends together with the double-sided tape that came with the SCHOTTIS.
After that, she hot glued the centre bits together to form a pom pom, then threaded a string through to hang it up.
And that’s how you get a basic pom pom. You can paint, dye, or add other ornaments to jazz it up. See the tutorial here.
Carousell user Neramani fancied up the plain IKEA blinds for Chinese New Year. “I just used a large clothes peg in the centre and used the Velcro strips already included in the SCHOTTIS blinds pack to Velcro both ends to each other and added a pale gold ribbon that matched my other decor.”
#4 COVER UP OPEN SHELVES
The KALLAX is awesome and stores a motherlode of stuff. But come on, it’s hard to keep it looking pretty, organised, and coordinated, all at the same time!
That’s where the SCHOTTIS shade comes in and gives us an easy cover-up for the KALLAX. Check out this tutorial for more information.
#5 ABOVE WARDROBES
If you use the top of your wardrobes to store “stuff”, the SCHOTTIS shade is an easy way to cover up the top and give your eyes some rest.
Reddit user, HugePilchard suggests that you “buy enough SCHOTTIS blinds to go the entire length of the wardrobes, and stick them to the ceiling.”