I love window treatments!! It’s one of the first things I do after we we unpack boxes from a military move. Personally, I think rooms look naked and unfinished without something on the windows, especially rentals.
The best length for hanging curtains is right below the windowsill or all of the way to the floor.
If you are able to place the curtain rod a few inches below the ceiling, your walls will appear taller and make the room feel larger. It can be difficult to find the perfect length of window panels without spending a fortune.
Here are some ideas for inexpensive window treatments without having to hang your average 84″ length curtains at an awkward length.
1. Loosely tie a knot on “too-short” curtains to bring the length right below the windowsill. (This is a good solution if you are also using blinds or shades for privacy.)
2. Use 84″ sheer curtains on all of the windows in a room expect for a focal wall. This will save you money for 96″ or longer curtains. In my living room the sliding doors have a second curtain rod with 96″ curtains to bring the eye up. It definitely makes the room feel more grand. My favorite places for 96″ curtains are IKEA, Target, and TJ Max.
4. To cover ugly blinds, cut out a rectangle piece of fabric, sew a pocket for the curtain rod, and embellish with ribbon. Even easier, use a tension rod in the window frame to hang your valence.
5. Buy discounted fabric and sew curtains for a custom length. If you don’t have a sewing machine or are not comfortable sewing, use iron-on fusible webbing for hems. My favorite places for shopping for inexpensive fabric are local resale shops and fabric.com. Other alternatives are shower curtains, table cloths, drop cloths, and inexpensive plain curtains with embellishments.
6. Add a strip of fabric to the bottom of inexpensive curtains for added length. In my daughter’s room I used cheap 84″ panels from Walmart and added a color block on the bottom with hot pink linen fabric (one yard from fabric.com).
For more decorating tips for renters, check out this post.
This post is linked to LWSL: Thrifty Thursday.