Every now and then I come across a new product that’s so simple and so clever, that I think to myself, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ Answer: because I’m not clever enough. It happened this week when someone someone sent me some Blindsinabox, temporary paper window coverings for people who have just moved house, are renovating but still need privacy, or, I suppose, need a super-cheap alternative to the real thing.
Imagine yourself as a child making a fan out of a piece of paper by folding it this way, then that. Blindsinabox are essentially that, with a bit of sticky back plastic (as they say on Blue Peter) to stick them to the top window and a couple of peg-like clips to fold them during the day. They come in white or black(out) in a standard with of 91.5cm, and can be overlapped for a bigger window or cut for a smaller one.
Better still, there are no tools needed, they’re durable, reusable and recyclable. Mine have gone up in the bathroom – for some reason my other half is convinced the neighbours have binoculars trained on his evening bath, so they were a must – and I’ll probably pass them on to my kids to draw on when I’ve finished with them. A box of six plans costs just £45 (plus p&p) including clips. For those of you looking for the real thing, we’ll have a new blinds buyers’ guide up later. I’m off now to invent a bumper for my car that reforms itself every time I hit the trolley stand at Ikea, which for some reason seems to have become a regular event.