Just because you live in a rented apartment or home doesn’t mean you have to live with window treatments you don’t love. Renting can be convenient, but we’ve all come across landlords who won’t let you drill holes in the walls. So many limitations and restrictions can make it difficult to make the space your own. Still, installing new window treatments in your rented apartment can be easier and cheaper than you imagined. They won’t pose problems when its time to move to another home. Investing in these low-commitment treatments can make your temporary home a little more your own.
Window Treatment Ideas for Rented Homes and Apartments
Here are a few top window treatments that can be incorporated in a day.
- Hang Tension Rods
If your rental has traditional paned windows, tension rods stretched from one side of the frame to the other is a classy, subtle way of hanging lightweight and sheer curtains. Depending on the privacy and style you want, place the rod at the top of the window to ensure maximum coverage. Alternatively, hang it lower if you are going for country-style curtains. Tension rods are adjustable, with rubber tips on both ends to minimize damage and scraping on the windows. They come in many different colours so match any décor, however they work best with lightweight curtains and may collapse if too much weight is added.
- Use Command Hooks
Command hooks do not require drilling holes, and everything from pictures to small shelves can be attached to them. If you are thinking of buying lightweight curtains, command hooks are perfect for such window treatments. They are easy to apply, affordable and available in different sizes and shapes. The bigger hooks can hold up a rod while the little ones hold the curtain using clips. But, be mindful of how much weight you put on them, just as you would with tension rods. Heavy items like books can fall off when overloaded so be careful how much your window coverings weigh. Use things less than five pounds to avoid accidents.
- Purchase Simple Fit Shades
These types of shades can be fitted in as little as 30 seconds. All you need to do is push a button to lock it in place. They are completely customizable and come in a wide variety of fabrics, styles and colours. You can also fully control your privacy and the amount of light that enters. This is a damage-free (but expensive) way of hanging curtains when living in a rental. However, if you are in search of sophisticated and elegant window treatments, simple fit shades might be too plain.
The Best Window Coverings for Your Rented Apartment/Home
Here are some practical, affordable and easy-to-maintain window coverings you can mount in your rental. They can be taken down and carried around without much trouble when it is time to move.
- Faux Wood Blinds
Faux Wood Blinds are one of the most budget-friendly options. Also referred to as false wood blinds, they look like wood, are durable, resist moisture and stay clean, ensuring they last a long time. And you don’t need to worry about them cracking or warping, even when exposed to the most extreme conditions.
- Vertical Track Blinds
This is another versatile option that greatly enhances your rental property due to a minimum of fuss and maximum of style. They come in vinyl, wood and fabric, and offer a sleek and soft look that is ideal for large windows. These blinds offer both semi and total privacy while making windows look beautiful on the outside as well as inside.
- Venetian Blinds
These blinds are ideal for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. They are available in aluminum and timber in various colours that blend with any style. Their rotating blades make them a desirable choice if you are looking for both natural light without compromising on privacy.
- Roller Blinds
These are one of the most practical and stylish options, and remain a favourite because they work. Roller blinds come in a range of colours and are easy to clean and maintain. They also come in different fabrics and offer excellent value for money.
- Roman Shades
Fabric Roman shades are practical and soft. These stylish window treatments protect whichever room they are installed in and make excellent additions in homes with a contemporary or classic style.
- Mini Blinds
These are also known as aluminum blinds and come in many styles and patterns. Mini blinds are resistant to fire, stains, scratches and dust. They are durable enough to withstand even the most extreme weather. They are easy to install and uninstall which is why they don’t pose problems when you move.
These are the different ways in which you can add window treatments to your temporary home without risking your security deposit. These solutions decorate your space and make it more inviting. Plus, you don’t have to be frustrated about not being able to drill holes. These damage-free ideas and window covering suggestions will also come in handy when it comes to controlling both light and privacy.