Curtains or wall hanging… you decide

Matt and I completed a home improvement / decorating project this weekend that we have been planning to do for some time now.  We setup a  curtain system on in our dining room.  We have a sliding glass doors at the back of our house, and while it is beautiful to look out of, at dinner time the light coming in the door is blinding.  So to reduce the  light and create a decorative wall hanging, we put up a curtain system from Ikea.

The systems consists of three sheer decorative panels that are attached to three tracks that run the length of our dining room wall.  If we want to use the panels to block the sun, we simply pull them in front of the sliding glass doors where they block the bright light but still allow you to see bits and pieces of the outside.  When they are not being used to block the sun, which is most of the time, they hang in front of our large purple wall next to the sliding doors and act as a decoration.

We are both quite pleased with the final product and enjoy the unique yet practical solution for our light blocking and decorative needs.  Setup of the curtains was relatively easy and only took Matt and I a couple of hours ( and we didn’t even have a fight).  The panels themselves came in 10ft rolls that we cut to the right length and secured to the tracks using panel mounting hardware that allows them to slide.

Our only question now is what length to leave the panels. We currently have them all the same length reaching about four inches from the floor.  This works great when the panels are in front of the door; however, we have baseboard heat, and the panels now hang in front of one of our heaters, and we are concerned this may be a fire hazard once we start using the heat again.  One solution is to shorten the panels so they are all above the heater but at varying lengths.  We think this would have a cool visual effect while still providing plenty of coverage on our sliding door.

What do you think?

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