Monday, June 16, 2014

My Spare Bedroom Journey - Drapes & Rods

Hi….I wanted to make sure to tell you upfront that  I have received no product or compensation to promote these products - I wanted to share with my readers great ways to decorate and stay within a budget.  Thanks for visiting.

 When I started looking for drapes for the room - I knew what I wanted.  I wanted long insulated drapes with pretty rods. I wanted drapes with the rings in the material so that the drape would slide nicely on the rods. 

I looked and looked for drapes - the cost was astronomical! $25 to $70 a panel.  That was not what I was looking to spend. My goal was total $50 or less per window - I wanted rods, drapes, and blind all for $50 or less. I know crazy goal but I wanted to show that I could redecorate on a budget.

I did not want to sacrifice thermal drapes..we live in Wisconsin and last winter I think our average temp was -20 degrees. It was so cold! To be able to close window drapes and keep some cold out is a must! 

I did not want to sacrifice the rings to make the drapes open and close so easy. I really dislike curtains when the rod goes through the open seam.

During one of my trips to Big Lots I found these really nice thermal drapes in the perfect color (they are black - gray - tad bit of blue & green tones).  They were only $14.00 a pair - I needed two pair - total cost $28.00. The big issue was that they did not have the rings in the material the rod would have to go through the seam.  I decided to buy the curtains anyway...thinking they are such a deal - I love the color and the texture of the drape. I felt I could not pass them up considering the price.I also found very pretty dark colored rods for the room for only $9.00 each at Big Lots - 2 rods - $18.00. 

When I got home I was excited I found drapes & rods at great prices but still not happy
with the rods in the seam. I opened up a magazine while grilling outside and there was my
solution to my problem with my drapes.  Walmart sells rings for curtains - they had a two page ad showing different decorating items available at Walmart. They clip right on turning the seamed drapes into ring drapes. My next trip to town I am headed to Walmart to purchase the rings.  The rings cost $6.97 per panel. I needed 4 sets of rings - total cost $28.00

While shopping for rings I checked out the blinds. They carried the standard size - 35x64 - cost $3.97. I was going to get metal blinds but for $3.97 I figured why not! So I purchased the two new blinds.


Super excited that I was able to get the look I wanted for only $41.00 a window! I think they look fantastic for that price - no one would ever know how inexpensive they are!


Total cost of complete window treatments  $82.00 - Not bad!!
Furniture $142.00
Window Treatments $82.00

5 comments:

  1. The windows look great and I love that it can be done on a budget!

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  2. Blinds and drapes can be sooo expensive! You did a great job and I will for sure be keeping these ideas in my head for later on!

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  3. I do like your thermal drapes. Great deal on the blinds.

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  4. Love the drapes and rods! I know we love thermal drapes in our living room over the large windows.

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  5. Poorly hung and too short. They look every bit of what you paid. Better to save and do draperies correctly

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