Since the spiffy new window in our guest room was installed, the cruddy old roller blind just wasn’t cutting it, especially with the Guest Room Remix in the works. So what’s a girl to do when she needs to replace a six foot roller blind? Yes I said six foot roller blind. That bad boy must have been special order back in his day. There are some big windows here at the Retro Ranch Revamp

Here I am posing with the roller blind for scale purposes…

Anyway, I am very pleased with the IKEA KVARTAL curtains I used on the corner windows in my bedroom and office, so I thought I’d install them for a third time here in the Guest Room.

To avoid KVARTAL curtain install overload, (this is nothing to mess with, just check out what it does to my adorable husband Jim) I decided to break up the job over a few week nights after work.

The first day I got the curtain rods up…

…then I got the sheer panels cut and installed…

…and finally I got the light blocking panels up…though I did have to do some modifications to get the blinds to open the way I envisioned…

I used the same four track configuration for the guest room window as I did for the bedroom and office, but I wanted the curtains to open from the center out instead of from one side to the other. I also wanted to use sheer panels (meaning there would be eight panels on four tracks instead of the recommended four panels on four tracks) so I had to do some thinking…

My solution was to use the two tracks closest to the window for the four sheer panels. I alternated the panels so that they could overlap slightly

Then I used the other two tracks for the light blocking panels. In order to have them close all the way, I had to alternate these panels as well…

The left side of the light blocking curtains had the middle curtain (with the pull on it) in the front track, while the right side had the middle curtain with the pull on the second track

In order to have these two pulls pass each other and not catch, I had to break off the long catch piece. Since the piece is plastic, all you have to do is press on it with your thumb and it will snap easily…

…then the panels can pass by each other without getting stuck!

For more information about installing IKEA KVARTAL curtains, see my informative how to post!

Tune in next time to see how Guest Room Remix is shaping up! (hint-it’s ready for guests again!)




    • Thanks thatmidcenturyfella! I think this particular style has been discontinued at IKEA! They were on sale when I bought them and now I can’t seem to find them online anymore. Good thing I bought them when I did!

  1. Looks so good! I have the exact same system in my den/livingroom area. I love how clean and crisp they look. Very modern and updated. Good choice!

      • I brought too many of the “rods” or “tracks” or whatever you call them so I still have one left. I need to find a place for it. I do think Ikea does well with the window treatments…. and makes them affordable.

  2. You’ve done a terrific job and I have learned much from your blog, thank you so much for sharing. I have one question – I see that the railing is near to the wall. How did you put the panels up since they are longer than the space between the wall and railing. I’m guessing you put the panels on the railing then hung them all up together. Thank you. Cathleen

    • Wow…did I post a stupid question. I understood afterwards that they snap into the railings! Please disregard the question. Thanks again for all your time you put into this blog and for helping others. I couldn’t have put the panels up without your blog!!

  3. Great job! I am so loving the window treatment. Just a couple of questions, how long was the sheer originally? Was it one and then you had it cur into 4 individual panels? What is the width of the sheer? Did you cut it or have it done at fabric store? Thanks. Can’t wait to see more of the revamp.

    • I believe the sheer was 110 or 118 inches (it says on the ikea website — they are all the same length) I cut it into two pieces myself — drew a light line with a marker and a ruler and carefully cut — I got two panels from each roll with a little left over. I suppose if you were worried about cutting straight you could take it to a fabric store and see if they would cut it for you…

  4. Thank you for the original Kvartal tutorial. I got all of the hardware installed and then wondered how I was going to make them catch together. I moved my catches to the last hole and it created just a touch of overlap. Perfect!

    Also, I used 4 rails and managed to get them into the smaller mounting brackets. Not recommended though. I did that because I hung curtains on a rod above the Kvartal and didn’t want to have to find curtain brackets that were deeper than the larger Kvartal brackets.

    Thank you again!!!

  5. I’m trying to use this system to hang regular drapery as close to the ceiling as possible. Do you have to attach the screw to hold the rod in place from the top? Loved your tutorial!

    • Are you talking about the screw that holds the rails to the wall brackets? If so, yes, you have to screw that in from the top. If you want them to be so close to the ceiling, perhaps look into using the ceiling mount brackets to hang the rods instead? Good Luck!

  6. Please help! I’ve got a three rail system and I’ve repurposed store bought curtains into 6 panels, 3 panels for each end of the rail. The idea was to open from the middle, using the wands. I want the panels to stack on each side when open, so that the window is completely clear of the panels. My problem is that I can’t figure out the darn catches!! Ugh! I don’t want to have to adjust each panel every time I open and close.

  7. Be wary of the total width of the window as a means of calculating number of rails. Each panel width is 24″, so number of rails is dictated by width/24, in this case, 72/24 = minimum 3 rails. If you split in the middle, as she did, you then only need 1.5 rails, or 2 in reality. This gets complex with big bay windows, where widths are larger. For example, my ranch has a 118″ inch picture window. I would need 118/24 = 5 rails to cover the span. By splitting the difference, I only need 3. To add the room darkening shades, add another 3 to make the system work.

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