IKEA SCHOTTIS hacks and quick fixes that make it better

We just love the IKEA SCHOTTIS pleated shade. Best thing about
it, it costs only $3.99.

Besides, it looks good and does the job, whether as a permanent
or temporary fix.


The blinds are really easy to attach to your window frame. No
drilling needed. All you need to do is cut the shade to the length
you need. Peel and stick. Easy peasy. Here’s an installation video, if you need

IKEA SCHOTTIS, oh blind me!

Don’t be fooled by its price tag. It can look pretty dang
awesome. Just feast your eyes on it, installed in these homes.

Convinced yet?

IKEA SCHOTTIS blinds fixes

Now, there are a few quick fixes if you do run into problems
with it. Here are two of the most common:

#1 Double sided tape won’t stick

You’re supposed to stick the double sided tape on the top edge
of the shade onto the intended surface. But at times it just
doesn’t stick well (like on my orange peel wall) or it will peel
off after some time. My quick fix is to use a
tension rod
(which I got from Daiso).

What I did was to fold the top edge of the shade and staple it
down to form a loop, large enough to fit the rod. The staples do
not look great but it’s not very noticeable from far. I’m fine
with it as it took me less than 2 minutes to get it over with, so
it will have to do for now.

Then, I inserted the rod and wound it to the right tension for
my window opening. And it’s been up for over a year, with no

If you want a neater finish, use hot
or sew a stitch across.

  • Schottis pleated shade alternative installation
  • Schottis pleated shade alternative installation

#2 Clips won’t hold up the pleats

The plastic clips that keep the blinds open in the desired
position are quite feeble. At first, I used them but they kept
coming off especially after a strong gust of wind. So, I resort to
cute binder clips to keep them in

  • IKEA SCHOTTIS blinds clipsIKEA plastic clip
  • IKEA SCHOTTIS blinds clipsBinder clip

What other issues have you encountered using this stick-on

Customised SCHOTTIS shade

Now, if you don’t want to hang it from top to bottom, that’s
also possible to turn them into custom
SCHOTTIS privacy blinds

custom blinds

But that’s not all you can do with it. Let’s take it out of
its comfort zone, shall we? Here are a few things you can hack with
the IKEA SCHOTTIS blinds.

As party decor #1 2D Pom Poms 2D pom poms from ikea blindsSource

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 which came with the SCHOTTIS.

Then, hot glued the centre bits together to form a pom pom.
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 tutorial here

#2 Fan-cy decor fan decor Source

Carousell user
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.”

To hide stuff #1 Cover up open shelves KALLAX cover up

The KALLAX is awesome and stores a motherlode of stuff. But come
on, it’s hard to keep it looking pretty and organised and
co-ordinated. That’s where the SCHOTTIS shade comes in and gives
us an easy cover up for the KALLAX.
See the tutorial

#2 Above wardrobes IKEA SCHOTTIS blinds as wardrobe cover

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,
suggests that you “buy enough SCHOTTIS blinds to
go the entire length of the wardrobes and stick them to the

For photography #1 To diffuse light

light diffuser ikea hack


Hang it up between the light source and model / object and
voilà! light diffuser.

#2 As a softbox softbox

Make a photography softbox out of an IKEA DRONA box, SCHOTTIS
shade, foil and a light bulb. See the full
tutorial here

How have you used the SCHOTTIS shade? Share your ideas
with us

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Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
IKEA SCHOTTIS hacks and quick fixes that make it better