Without knowing your specific set-up, it's hard to say. However, I have sucessfully used tension rods in lots of places and love them as I can take them with me when I move and they've very inexpensive. The key is to make sure you have enough flat surface for the rod to go between. It's kind of hard for me to imagine that a door would have an area that a tension rod would be able to hold itself up. I have seen some really skinny tension rods at the store so maybe if you get a skinny one.
Perhaps you would be interested in using the mini blind hardware to create your own sheer shade? Here's a fun tutorial on that:
http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot ... /make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html
PS - Window blinds are also a wonderful way to save money on heat and air conditioning bills when the days and nights are extremely cold or hot.
If the door is a steel one you don't want to put holes in it or you will be charged. They make magnetic curtain rods, I bought mine at Target. You can then have a curtain over the window. I have a blind and put the curtains over it.
Whatever you decide be sure to get it in writing from your landlord that it's okay to do. Where I live it's not allowed to remove the blinds but I was allowed to put up my own valances and/or curtains as long as the backing (the side that shows to outdoor viewers) was plain white or cream. I simply purchased the approriate size curtain rods (besides length sizes they are also available in different depths) and placed them just above the existing window blind brackets. Doing this gives a decorative look but also still keeps the option of privacy.
What is wrong with the mini blinds? Is it that they get so dirty and move around too much when you open and shut the door? You can buy some that are encased in glass for certain door windows. They give privacy when closed, you can tilt the blinds open to any angle wanted, or put them all the way up for a full view.
We got ours at Lowes. They are more expensive, but your landlord may pay for it if they would fit your door. Is there enough room to put a tension rod? Most doors don't have enough of a frame around the window to hold a tension rod. If the door isn't wood, you may not want or be allowed to make screw holes in it to hang another type of window treatment.
A magnetic rod would work on a metal door and would be strong enough to hold most fabric treatments. If you decide on sheers, I'd get two rods, one for the top and one for the bottom (casement rods). Have you considered putting up a window film. They now come in patterns, colors, or opaques that allow light through and give privacy. They are relatively cheap and can be taken off when you move.
I have a door with a window in it, and put a roll up type blind, I purchased at home depot. It is very nice, easy to use, and you have complete privacy if you want, or a nice view.
I would think the object of having any covering on windows of any type is for privacy. Sheers don't offer much in the line of privacy.
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