Whether you lease a spacious home or a studio apartment, you probably have to make compromises to create a space that feels like home without impacting your security deposit. One of the most difficult decisions to make when you rent is how you’ll cover your windows.
Many rental properties come with basic blinds, but sometimes you need window treatments with a little more functionality or flair. In this blog, we list five options that can enhance your privacy, energy efficiency, and sense of ownership without damaging the walls.
1. Heavy-Duty Hook Curtains
Curtains and drapes provide a classic, put-together look in any room. You may specifically want curtains in the bedrooms of your rental property to control nighttime temperatures and provide more privacy. However, if your rental property prohibits hanging decor with screws, traditional curtain rod hanging is out of the question.
Instead, use a temporary hook to hold the rod. These hooks come in a variety of sizes and strengths. For curtains, you’ll probably want the largest size hook to ensure that the rod fits into the hook completely. These heavy duty hooks are also a great option if your building has a rock exterior that prevents you from putting screws into outward facing walls.
If you’re buying new curtains, choose panels that are longer than you actually need so that these curtains can be used in many future homes. You can hide the extra length by “hemming” with tape.
2. New Shades
Many basic horizontal blinds hang from a cornice that consists of a plastic box where the blinds would be concealed when opened completely. If you have these window treatments, you may be able to remove the cornice and attached blinds to clip in a set of shades instead. Look for Roman, rattan, or bamboo shades that match your decor and your window size.
The only drawback to this option is that you may not be able to reuse your new shades in your next home if the windows aren’t the same size. This option works better for renters who anticipate staying in the same building or same apartment complex for three years or longer.
3. Replacement Blinds
If you have horizontal blinds with a cornice, you also have the option to replace the default blinds with a more attractive set. You can unclip the current blinds to make way for newer or better maintained blinds. If you prefer, you can even use alternative blinds with a completely different design, such as cellular blinds.
As mentioned in the previous section, this type of window treatment replacement works best for long-term tenants so that you don’t have to buy new sets of shades as frequently. If you do remove the existing blinds, do so carefully and take note of any quirks in design so that you can reinstall the blinds without damaging them before you move out. You may even want to practice reinstalling the blinds right after you remove them so that you feel confident in the process.
4. Window Film
If you’re more concerned about privacy, noise dampening, security, or energy efficiency than appearance, install a high-quality window film. These films, also sometimes called window clings, adhere directly to the interior surface of the window. Even if your window films can’t move with you, clings are usually more affordable to replace than entire sets of blinds or shades.
Window films come in several varieties so you can find the right covering for your needs. Tinted films create a sense of privacy and help protect your furniture from UV damage, while security window films can reduce the risk of a break-in if you’re currently living in a sketchy neighborhood. Consult with your supplier to decide which type of window film will work best for your home.
5. Window Rod Valance
To add a touch of color and personality to a room with pre-hung blinds that hang from a window rod, cover the plastic rod with a valance. Because a valance does not cover the entire window, this option is great for rooms that would feel too dark or cramped with traditional drapes. You can buy a fabric valance in the style of your choice or create a ruffled window treatment yourself with patterned fabric.
To attach your new valance, see if you can unclip the rod from its fasteners and the blinds from the rod itself. If so, simply slide the valance onto the window rod just like you would with conventional curtains. If you’re concerned about damaging the rod or blinds, add discreet straps along the back length of the valance. These straps secure the window treatment to the rod without impeding the function of the blinds.
Use one of these options to make your temporary living space feel more like a home of your very own.
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