I bought roll-up matchstick blinds at Big Lots for less than $5 per window. I like the look and texture they add to the room. However, I find plastic mini blinds to be about the cheapest way to cover your windows. They are around the same price.
DH and I just bought a 1950s rancher and we bought pull down shades at Home depot. They are not expensive and are coming back into style. I am in the process of making valances for all the windows. I hate mini blinds and the wider slat horizontal blinds. They are the worst dust harbingers in the world.
Quickest and cheapest might be to buy inexpensive tension rods and cheap twin size bed-sheets; slip the sheets over the rods and then set the rods inside the window framing.
Easy-peasy, bunch to the side to 'open' the curtains, and simply toss in the wash once or twice a month to remove dust.
LOL, I hate mini-blinds and wish I could talk my husband into letting me do the above to every window in the house!
I live in an apartment and would like to replace the mini blinds on the back door. Would it be hard to put up something like sheers with a tension rod? Or do you have any other ideas?
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.
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