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How would you solve this problem?

Today I noticed that when I work at my computer, I draw the curtains closed so the light doesn't distract me. That makes me realize that having my office in the atrium of the new place may not be such a good idea. It's windows on 3 sides, plus huge skylights. And with the thousands I'm investing in the studio downstairs, the last thing I want to do is invest hundreds in curtains for my office. Sooooo....

I might move the office to this little room just outside the atrium:

By default, this will make the atrium my living room for 1 year (after a year when quicksilver1 gets back from the war, the private lesson studio will be converted back into a living room). But that creates a new challenge. How can I watch tv when the sun is glaring onto the tv on sunny days?

It seems like no matter what I do, I have this room where it's too bright to use the computer or too bright to use the tv. Is there some way to make it easier to see the tv? Or do I just have to bite the bullet and wait until it's dark (or a cloudy day) to see the tv clearly? I should mention that I always watch tv when I eat. It's how I relax and steal some down time during meals. So it will be my dining room as well.


Curtains don't have to be that expensive -- you can even buy fabric from a craft store and make some yourself for much cheaper.

There are anti-glare screens you can get to hang on your monitor, and you can always position your desk and TV to where they aren't in direct sunlight.

I think you're worrying about the light being a bigger problem than it will be.
Thanks for your confidence in me, but I don't sew. Threading a sewing machine is simply impossible for me with my learning disability. And you can't hang curtains on the ceiling windows.

Do they make anti-glare for laptops?

When you have windows from 3 sides AND two on the ceiling, there is no place to position anything where it won't be in direct sunlight. No matter which direction the sun is, the room will be flooded with light.
For quick emergency curtains, you don't even really need a sewing machine -- you can do it by hand. Just measure the window length and width, add about 6 inches to allow for hems, and hem the bottom to about 1" and the top probably 3-4" to allow for a thicker curtain rod.

I used to use an anti-glare screen for my work computer, it just hung over the top of the monitor so it was totally portable and could hang on any monitor that it would fit (I think up to 17").

And actually you can put curtains on skylights, you just have to use ones that have a rod pocket on each end, and use two tension rods to fit inside the window frame. My parents have had skylights in their master bath my whole life and it's the only way they don't go crazy from the light :)

laptop antiglare

there are places with cheap curtains, like ross. not always the prettiest or highest quality, but there are occasional gems if you keep your eyes open for them.
How do you hang curtains on the ceiling over the skylights?
thumb tacks. :D

no, seriously, you can tack or nail (for more security) curtains, fabric, sarongs, wall hangings, anything pretty to the ceiling. over a skylight it'll filter the light, or it can add color and texture to a blank surface. and the holes are negligible.

personally, i like hanging so much other stuff from my ceiling that pinned fabrics would just make it feel cluttered, but i've seen it done with great success in other homes.
If they are tacked up, it would make them permanent. I'm looking for something I can put up when it's sunny and take down at night to enjoy the stars and the rain on the roof. Can't have a skylight and not enjoy working under the stars!
Have you ever thought of window liners? This may not be the correct terminology, but what I'm thinking of is a film that adheres to your windows (without being permanent - you can take them down anytime) but filters your light. There are patterns, but I think the most classy ones are the rice paper look and the mirror-effect. They help insulate, too: summers will be cooler, winters will be warmer.
It's on my massive to do list: call every window store in town until I find some one that sells them (I'm hoping to make time tomorrow in fact). But sadly, ONLY for the studio downstairs. Seriously, I'm spending about $4,000 to $5,000 this month on that studio to get it ready. Can I really justify spending more money on top of that for a living space I will only live in for 2 years?
Home Depot and Lowe's carry window film. It's rolled up in a cardboard box and usually in a smallish display box in front of the regular shelving. Try the shades/curtain sections to start looking. They run about $30 per box, if I remember correctly.

Installation is generally successful with two people, not just one. Otherwise, you end up with creases and wrinkles or breakage in the film.
You are the resource QUEEN! Seriously. You should start some kind of referral business on the side.

I was looking forward to seeing the stars and watching the rain beat on the roof though. I'm wondering how the film might interfere with that.
You cannot see through the rice paper, but it lets some light through.

The mirror stuff give a mirror effect to the lighter side of the film (e.g., on a sunny day, you can see out but anyone or thing outside can only see mirror; at night if you have a light on, you can't see out but anyone or thing outside can see in).

You're welcome to come visit my house to see samples of stuff I have on my windows if you like.
Rhetorical question: Why must they be curtains?

Will things like those Japanese screens or wall dividers work equally well? Foldable/portable/moveable, and maybe even cheaper.

I let you in on a secret.. our front windows have had "temporary" 3 dollar paper blinds in them for umm... a few years gather.. you can get them at home depot. (myself we also have sheers over them but yeah..)