Finally! Affordable, Cordless Window Shades That Fit!

“I never get tired of the blue sky.”
-Vincent van Gogh


We installed cordless shades in Sweet P’s bedroom this morning. It was time. We’ve been sporting paper privacy shades on all of our windows since we moved in almost a year and half ago, so it was fun to finally put up something a little more durable less paper-y on two of them. 😀

I gathered up tools while Kevin tried to make sense of Ikea’s not-incredibly-descriptive instructions.

Bruddans Window Shades from Ikea

They go by the name Bruddans, and I *think* they’re only available in Ikea stores…not online. They were $29.99 each for the 30″ wide size we needed, and they did have narrower and wider sizes that were priced a little less and a little more.

Bruddans Window Shades from Ikea | Cordless

Luckily, they went up pretty quickly. Just a couple of brackets, and then POP! In goes the shade…

Cordless Bruddans Window Shades | Ikea

…and if you’re anything like Kevin, POP! Out goes the tongue! 😛

I grew up in a two-story house, but somewhere along the way I forgot how much sky you can see through the windows of a second-story bedroom like this. I love daydreaming out these windows on days it’s especially blue, and I’ve been on the hunt for something affordable, cordless, and that would stack all the way up (and completely out of the way!) ever since we moved in.

Bruddans Cordless Window Shades from Ikea | The Lettered Cottage

We’re using white, bi-fold plantation shutters on the bottom half of these (and eventually all of our) windows, but the Bruddans will be great for full, pull-down privacy on the upper halves at night.

Bruddans Cordless Window Shades from Ikea

The shade part on these is made of some kind of “cellular” material and I love the way it diffuses light.

Bruddans Shades

We’ll finish dressing Sweet P’s windows with matching pairs of light-blocking drapes later this month.

And for those who are wondering why we’re not just using the Bruddans to cover the whole window from top to bottom- our house sits up pretty high off the street (especially the second floor), so we really only need privacy on the lower halves of our windows.

The Lettered Cottage | Windows

It’s only every once in a while that we feel like we need to cover up the upper halves of our windows, so these pull-down shades will do just the trick when (and if) we decide to pull them down. Also, I just wanted to mention that although the package says they’ll extend down 64″, we found that you reeeeally have to pull on them to get them to go down that far. It almost felt like they weren’t meant to go down quite that far. They sort of worked themselves back up to about 53″ and stayed at that height til we pushed them back up. I hope that makes sense.

I shot this super short video that shows how they move up and down yesterday because I’m completely fascinated by how they work, and thought you might be, too- ha! 😀 #homies

Before I sign off, I wanted to also mention how touched we were by all the responses to Monday’s post. Y’all were so kind to leave us so much Love! Thank you!!! 😀

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  1. says

    Do these shades actually provide privacy, or would you be able to see shadows pretty clearly through them? I’d LOVE to hang them in my apartment but my windows face out over my neighbours’ backyard and there needs to be actual privacy, lest I scar their young children for life. LOL

  2. Cathy says

    So here is a question. Do you think you could install these up side down. I need something for downstairs windows, for the bottom half of the window. If I could install upside down and pull up half way they would be perfect.

    • Layla says

      Hi Cathy! I don’t think they work installed upside down. Since the shade part is fabric, I think it would just fall down onto the floor.

    • Kaija says

      I saw these at the local Ikea today. I’m also wanting something that opens from the top. I’m playing with the thought of installing them upside down, to the windowsill, and maybe creating a pulley system for the top to open an close them.

  3. Retta says

    Lol Layla, I thought my hubby was the only one whose tongue goes out when hes in renovation mode…thinking cap, focus, out pops tongue!

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