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Inexpensive Window Treatment Options for Renters

Posted May 18th, 2008 in Learn by BLINDFinder


Landlords usually don’t care what type of window treatments they have on the windows in their rental units and tenets typically don’t want to spend big bucks to upgrade a home that isn’t their own. Obviously if you have the money, plan to be in your rental for many years and have a cooperative landlord, you could get some great, low-cost window treatments from JustBlind.com (the low price winner in our extensive survey of window treatment prices from online vendors). Remember to get permission from your landlord before ordering your blinds or shades, as they have veto power and you don’t want to upset your landlord and break your lease. Of course, most landlords will be happy to let you upgrade their rental unit for them, and some may even be willing to share the cost with you.

For those of you with less corporative landlords or little cash to spare, the solution is redi-shades. These shades are incredibly inexpensive, look decent and don’t require mounting hardware… the renter’s trifecta! Unlike traditional blinds and shades, they mount to your window via an adhesive tape on the shade. If you’re worried about the tape pealing paint on the wall or window trim, you can always attach these shades to the wall with a few thumb tacks. You may recall redi-shades from our article on inexpensive blackout shade alternatives. These flexible, inexpensive shades are not only available in the blackout variety as previously discussed, but also in a shade of white (as shown in the image to the right). Those of you with a pesky arch will be thrilled to know that there is an arch window shade available from redi-shade too.

These shades are only available in a few fixed sizes, but they can easily be resized for your windows by simply cutting them down to size with a pair of household scissors. These shades can be raised and lowered using an unsophisticated clip, which may turn some people off, but what do you expect… they’re cheap!!! To get some of these shades for yourself, use this link to amazon for an excellent price. If you’d like to explore other options, please take a look at our ordering blinds online section. Also, don’t forget to get other great window treatments tips and information in our learning center.

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