One of the fun parts about moving to a new place is getting to decorate it. However, when living in a rental sometimes the rental agreement provides some stipulations that you have to work around while decorating. My family is currently renting our townhouse and we are not allowed to drill any holes. This was easy to abide by when hanging pictures and such since the 3m command strips are amazing and pretty much hold anything. However, this proved to be very difficult when it came to hanging window treatments. I think window treatments add great dimension and personality to a room and are a must in my book. Since we couldn’t drill any holes I had to get creative. I figured out I could make some sort of curtain and hang it with a tension rod from the inside of the windows. However, the traditional two panel curtains would not look very good hung from the inside of the window. I probably could have gotten away with the traditional valance like I made for my princess’ bookcase armoire, but that look just wasn’t what I wanted for the rest of my home. I ended up making faux Roman shades for my kitchen, family room, and office/craft spaces. It was really easy and I have since helped my sister make them for her living room and front entry way.
The supply list is pretty short (which is a plus!).
- Tension rods
- Sewing supplies
Since I was moving from a place where I had traditional two panel curtains hanging in these spaces, I actually up cycled the fabric from my old curtains to make my Roman shades. But you could use any medium to heavy weight fabric you would like. The number of tension rods depends on how many pleats you want in your window.
In my family room and office/craft space I sewed the curtain panel to the exact width and height of my windows. There are finished rolled hems on three edges and casing on the top edge in order to insert the tension rod. If you do not wish to sew, you could complete this with stitch witchery to create the finished edges.
Since I wanted to be able to easily cover the windows I did not make casings for the tension rods. Instead I just laid the curtain over the other rods to create the pleats. And if I need to fully cover the window to darken the room for guests at night, the curtain is easy to pull down. However, for my sisters front entryway, she never planned on actually using the curtain to block out light, the are purely for decoration. Because they are in a high traffic area we wanted to make the pleats a little more permanent. To do this, we measured and laid out the curtains ahead of time, made sure we knew exactly where we wanted the pleats to fall, and sewed casings through the curtain for the tension rods. This way the curtain won’t be bumped out of place. If she ever did decide to the close the curtains, she still could by simply moving the tension rods down a little to extend the pleats.
I was able to cover 3 windows with one curtain panel and 9 tension rods. If I had hung curtain panels I would have had to use 6 curtain panels and 3 curtain rods, significantly increasing the price of the window treatments. I am in love with this look and plan on using these faux Roman shades even in homes that are not rentals! And with the money I saved I can buy some more home decorations!
Cost Saving Analysis:
One window with traditional curtain panels: $73.00
DIY Faux Roman Shade: $28.55
Amount Saved: $44.45