I've been there. But the truth is, you may be part of the problem. Why accept what you've been given when you can make it better? (Cheaply and easily.)
With that in mind, here's the third installment in my wee series about how to fix up your rental in a single weekend on a VERY limited budget.
Solution? Drapes! You don't even have to remove your venitians to make them work. In fact, it might be a good idea to keep them (especially if you can manage to get them reasonably clean.)
Drapery panels are inexpensive at big box stores and the like. However, I like to make my own curtains/drapes when I move into a new place. It's easy. I swear.
- Measure from the top of your windows to your floor. Write these numbers down.
- Head to a discount fabric store. Pick out what you like. Any fabric will do for a rental, frankly. I've even used inner lining for suits ($0.99 a yard). You could also consider sheets. Really. They have built-in hems. Any fabric that's long enough and that you like.
- Have the pieces cut AT the fabric store to the right length (2 pieces per window, at the measurement or as close as possible to the measurement noted above. A little more (say a half yard) over that measurement is necessary, not less.
- At home, using iron-on hemming tape to hem the bottom and sides of your panels. If the fabric is thick enough, you could also use a glue gun. OR, if you can sew, you can do the hems that way.
- Now, make a big fat hem at the top of the panels, leaving some space through which you can thread a curtain rod.
- Buy and install curtain rods of your choice. (Shown above l-r: an inexpensive craft rod, a bit of wood dowling, an IKEA rod that costs $9.99 and another IKEA rod that I am using in my current apartment, which only cost about $2). They are ALL inexpensive and all you need to install them is about 4 screws and possible some anchors, which will probably come with the rods. If you use a heavy fabric, however, you will need a more substantial rod that won't bend. These ones are only good for lightweight curtains.
- Thread the panels into rods and voila. No need for "real" drapes. These work just fine. And even if you never close the, they create depth and visual interest that improves even the worst venetians.