One of the most surprising home expenses that can build up quickly are window treatments. Every time I work with someone to help them find shades, curtains or blinds for their house, we’re both blown away by the price tags. Not that well-made textiles aren’t worth the cost (they are), but when you have more than a few windows, it can add up quickly and feel like you’re outfitting your entire house, not just the windows. When we moved upstate I splurged on cordless Roman shades for the two rooms we live in the most (our living room and bedroom) and even those seven shades (purchased during a huge post-Christmas sale) left me reeling.
So today I thought I’d tackle ways to bring privacy and sun-protection to your rooms without breaking the bank. Each of these DIY ideas can be tackled by a crafting beginner, even the roller shades, and can be done over a weekend — some even over just an hour or two. I’ve included a wide range of styles, from full curtains to decorative privacy film if you really want to let in as much light as possible. As with any textile, to give it the longest life, be sure to shake them out, lightly vacuum and dust as often as you can to prevent any set-in stains — and to protect your investment and DIY time! If you have any clever ideas for window treatments that you’ve saved money on or made yourself, we’d love to hear about them or see them in the comment section below. Or, if you just have a favorite inexpensive brand you think are a great solution everyone should know about, let us all know below! xo, grace