Please help me block all light through my bedroom's sliding glass doors - without damaging them, violating my community's rules, or using anything ugly or smelly. Blinds and shutters aren't opaque enough.
There's a street light that's visible from our bed through the sliding glass doors in our bedroom. Curtains block it a little, but I want complete darkness. I know about the special light-blocking fabric one can buy, I bought some, but the plasticky smell was awful (I know it will dissipate over time, but I really didn't like the idea of that fabric in my bedroom) -- and again, curtains aren't going to block all the light, just most of the light.
I have an idea that someone's solved this before, but haven't figured out good search terms for Google. I did find this thread
here, but it focuses on curtains, drapes, and shutters (also not opaque enough).
I'm willing to get some lumber and construct some kind of insert, or even a structure to go in front of the sliding glass doors, but I'd also like these features:
- ability to still open the (left) door and go in/out sometimes;
- ability to reveal only the top of the panes (so they're more like windows)
- a ledge or shelf at the "window" base so my cat or some plants can hang out there;
- edges that seal out light completely when any movable part is "closed".
I could just design this myself, but perhaps someone has done it already? I'm not that experienced with carpentry, yet, and since my desired feature list might involve hinges or something I'd love some input.
One more thing: if the solution is some kind of removable thing, it needs to store easily; I don't have a shed or basement or anything -- we're in a condo.
Anyone seen anything like this? Ideas for good search terms?