EASY RENTER TIP! 7 Unique (& Surprisingly Helpful) Ways To Use Curtains In Your Rental (Well, Actually All Homes)

As somebody who has rented since my school years, I’ve lived in my fair proportion of flats with what I discuss with because the “Landlord Eyesore.” There was my senior-year school house that got here outfitted with mirrored closet doorways straight throughout my mattress so all I noticed all day and evening was my very own reflection. Then my first solo place had a “pantry” that was actually only a nook with wire shelving and no doorways so all guests might see my Triscuit containers from the couch. The following spot was tremendous dated (however with a tremendous view up on the sixth ground), although the worst offender was a shower-tub combo decked out with shiny yellow brass {hardware} and a frosted glass door etched with a heron standing in tall grass. The hallway from my bed room to the lavatory was absolutely flanked by extra shiny brass and mirrored doorways, so my heron buddy might be seen from each angle. 

Up to now, I’ve lucked out right here in Los Angeles however have seen extra LETM in locations I walked via to doubtlessly hire or in buddies’ houses. My regular transfer both for myself whereas contemplating a house or when my buddies complain a couple of sure element is as follows: Put a curtain on it. There are few issues that can’t be solved with a curtain, pricey readers. They supply privateness the place handy, disguises the place wanted and even visually enhance move and use of area. That’s proper, curtain panels are basically the Swiss military knife of the design world, and I’m going to stroll you thru seven examples the place they will save the day. 

Low-cost (Or Damaged) Closet And Laundry Closet Doorways

A month or two in the past, I shared the plans I’ve to take my rental kitchen from “meh” to “me” and it included taking down the bifold laundry closet doorways (proven above). They’re cheap-y hole core doorways that we will’t appear to ever sit straight and have some chips within the paint. After I first introduced this up, a couple of readers instructed me to not do it for one purpose or one other, however I gotta inform you…I’m doing it (we will retailer them within the storage fortunately; not everybody has this feature). 

I plan on both utilizing a pressure rod to hold them throughout the body or a easy rod put in on the inside so it’s a bit extra polished wanting. A secret third choice is leaving the doorways (they supply good soundproofing with the loud laundry machines in there) and utilizing a monitor system and even only a conventional material rod to hold curtains in entrance of the doorways. It is likely to be a bit annoying to open the curtains to entry the laundry closet doorways however it will solely take seconds and is value it to me to get the aesthetic payoff I’m hoping for. 

Right here’s yet another instance, however this time from two of Emily’s earlier houses, and for a bed room closet as a substitute. In her Glendale house (left), the pocket door she had was damaged so as a substitute of spending the cash to repair it, she simply repurposed a classic bedspread into curtain panels. Cute! And in her Los Feliz home (proper), she gave her closet the identical material remedy. The look is mushy, romantic, and an opportunity to both match your wall shade or have some enjoyable with sample and contrasting hues. It additionally saved plenty of actual property not needing to fret about wanted area for a door to open.

Mirrored Something  

Woo-wee have I seen my fair proportion of mirrored partitions and closet doorways. Having lived in Boca Raton, Florida, for eight years will try this to an individual. I recall a rental I used to be seeking to hire that used mirrors like most individuals use paint. I imply, they had been on EVERY wall in the lounge. It was a funhouse in there. I didn’t find yourself getting that place (fortunately for my vertigo) however my head spun round with concepts for tips on how to repair it. Peel-and-stick wallpaper? A ton of privateness screens arrange in entrance? Frankly, there simply wasn’t an answer for that a lot reflection. But when your own home has a standard software, like say…on one wall of your entry or eating room the place they’re often discovered, and also you don’t jive with the look: Put. Up. A. Curtain. 

I like to recommend selecting one thing that matches your wall shade so it’s extra visually seamless. You don’t actually need it to be a “second” a lot as a “concealer.” Attempt utilizing a rod you probably have the flexibility to mount it to the wall, however a ceiling monitor is probably going your finest guess. Or perhaps a non permanent curtain rod holder that sticks to any floor (no screws wanted so excellent for mirrors! Be sure you have sufficient width in order that they drape like regular panels somewhat than being flat throughout your wall. 

Earlier than transferring on, let me share one other instance however this time with mirrored sliding closet doorways. When you don’t know Molly Madfis from Nearly Makes Excellent, she’s value a observe. As you’ll be able to see within the earlier than and after photographs above, she eliminated the mirrored doorways (I’m assuming) each for type and performance. When you’ve ever had these tremendous broad closet doorways that slide in entrance or behind the opposite, you realize you spend half your life transferring the doorways left and proper to entry what you want. Seize your pants on the precise, slide the door, seize your footwear on the left. Woop! Forgot your belt, slide the door again. And so forth and so forth. 

Anyhow, the important thing to a clear look both in opposition to a wall or rather than doorways is hemming the panels to hover *simply* over the ground, about half an inch or so in order that they’re not bunching up.

Frosted Bathe Or Tub Doorways

left: san soucie artwork glass | proper: glassdoor.us

I already referenced my heron-bedazzled tub door that will have match any of the loos within the Nineteen Eighties Miami Seaside house of The Golden Women, however I didn’t share what I did to rectify the issue. Truthfully, it’s probably the most “duh, after all” choice within the bunch, however it may’t be neglected. Put up a bathe curtain. Achieved. I point out this right here as a result of I had some folks come over who admitted to me they’d have “by no means thought” of that. Likelihood is, when you’re studying this weblog, you aren’t one in all these folks, however hey, we’re all busy with weighed-down brains stuffed with every day to-dos. Possibly it didn’t happen to you. Simply have a look at the distinction within the two photographs above once I Photoshopped in a bathe curtain to cowl the doorways.

You’ll need to cling your pressure rod as excessive as much as the ceiling as you’ll be able to to cowl it all up, and clearly sure, open the curtain earlier than you open the door, but it surely’s definitely worth the two seconds of effort to have a rest room that you simply need to spend time in. 

Vertical Blinds

My outdated Nineteen Twenties house (are you bored with listening to me bemoan having to depart it?) had stunning authentic casement home windows with not terrible wood blinds over them for privateness and lightweight management. Our new place blessed us with allllll the vertical blinds. On each window and sliding door. Most of them are damaged and plenty of a curse phrase has been uttered whereas opening and shutting them on the every day. To not point out they’re simply plain ugly. Whereas we did take down those in our front room that had an extended unsafe-for-a-toddler wire, I’ve been identified to only put up a curtain rod and curtains above the prevailing headrail and name it a day. See, simple!

With that choice, you simply need to be sure to open the blinds absolutely they usually’ll basically simply all the time keep nested on one facet behind the curtains. Sure, the headrail beneath the rod isn’t probably the most stunning factor you’ll ever see, however I promise after some time, you’ll cease seeing it. 

If as a substitute, you are taking your vertical blinds down, it’s vital to retailer them nicely in order that they’re in fine condition to place again up whenever you transfer. You’ll must snap every particular person blind off fastidiously then stack them neatly and wrap one thing (painter’s tape works nice) round them to maintain them collectively. If the monitor has a wire, wind it up neatly and use a hair tie or string to maintain it from getting tangled. You’ll be able to put all of it in the back of a closet that’s lengthy sufficient, underneath your mattress, or in a storage you probably have one. 

Above, I mocked up a shot of the window in my present eating room with the (damaged) vertical blinds, some cafe curtains (which might require me taking down the vertical blinds), and conventional panels which I might set up in entrance of the blinds if the area above the window had been tall sufficient to really set up a rod.

Too-Open Floorplan Or Studio Areas With No Partitions

design by megan hopp | picture by kelsey ann rose | from: megan hopp’s rollercoaster experience into homeownership + what she plans to do with a $25k development funds

Ahh an uncovered bed room…everybody’s dream…proper? After all not. This will solely be the case for metropolis dwellers however let’s simply say you’ve got a bed room (or any area, actually) that opens as much as a major residing space and you would like it didn’t? You guessed it: Curtains to the rescue. Designer Megan Hopp sectioned off her sleep area within the Brooklyn house she lived in a couple of years again with yellow velvet IKEA SANELA curtains (I had these similar ones in inexperienced in my outdated eating room). When you have an arched opening, you’ll need to set up them on a curtain rod on both facet of the wall, although my vote is reverse of any major residing area as Megan did. 

I don’t have a photograph of it to indicate you right here, however I’ll probably be doing one thing comparable in my bed room as a result of evidently within the ‘70s, it was tremendous standard to have an arrogance and sink IN the bed room, not closed off by a door. Because of this genius design determination somebody made a long time in the past, I’ve a transparent shot of our toothbrushes from my spot in mattress. Additionally, it will be good to have some privateness whereas I examine and squeeze my pores each evening. Some issues in a wedding ought to be extra mysterious…

picture by sara ligorria-tramp | from: jess’ studio house front room reveal

Jess, truly did one thing comparable in her final studio house too! It actually helped to outline the totally different zones which is so essential in a studio. These are additionally from IKEA:)

Dangerous Kitchen Cupboards Or Openings

design by julia marcum | picture courtesy chris loves julia

Don’t overlook about cupboards/sink areas! This could go nation kitchen REALLY quick and when you love that look, go for it, however when you don’t, make sure you go for a easy cloth somewhat than one thing with a print. Often, it’s simply an under-sink space that wants protecting, however you can even make use of this curtain trick you probably have janky cupboard doorways you need to take off, there’s an open spot within the backside half of your kitchen whilst you await the set up of one thing (like the instance right here from Chris Loves Julia), otherwise you need to herald some character and softness to a utilitarian area if that’s what you’re working with. 

Disguising Muddle Or A Messy Show Cupboard

design by emily henderson | picture by ryan liebe | from: my powder room reveal

At this level, I ought to most likely go forward and retitle this submit “All of the Methods Arlyn Plans on Utilizing Curtains in Her Condo to Disguise Ugly Issues” as a result of that’s the place we’re at principally. However alas, my very own private visible instance shouldn’t be but prepared (keep tuned for an replace on my kitchen); somewhat, it’s a picture from Emily’s powder tub in her earlier Los Feliz house. Whereas most of us is not going to have a customized self-importance that wants the curtain/cloth remedy, it’s an incredible instance of tips on how to cowl up litter inside a furnishings piece. Say you’ve got a show cupboard in your kitchen or eating room that you simply want wasn’t in truth on show. Putting in a small curtain contained in the doorways is a reasonably fast repair. Try this Reel from Grillo Design who did this in a classic piece she was utilizing as her pantry to see tips on how to do it. 

I really hope one thing right here was a lightbulb second for protecting up a Landlord Eyesore (and even when you’re not a renter, one thing in your house you’ll be able to’t stand anymore). It wouldn’t be an EHD submit with out some extra assist through buying choices, so I dug up only a few of my private picks at an reasonably priced worth level in various lengths, relying on what your wants are.

  1. Woven Trendy Plaid Bathe Curtain Ivory 2. Catalina Freshman | 3. Waffle Weave Bathe Curtain | 4. RHODE Begonia Bathe Curtain | 5. Botanical Floral Bathe Curtain | 6. Colorblock Canvas Bathe Curtain in Lilac
  1. Linen Curtains 50″x63″ | 2. Linen Cafe Curtains Rust – Diversified Lengths | 3. Gentle Filtering Honeycomb Curtain Tiers | 4. Tropical Backyard Nation Cottage Colourful Kitchen Curtain 44″X36″ | 5. Curtainking Striped Kitchen Curtain 26″x36″ | 6. Ticking Stripe Rod Pocket Tiers 50″ x 36″
  1. Sanela Room Darkening Velvet Curtains 55″x98″ | 2. Allen + Roth Slate Blue Room Darkening Thermal Curtain 52″x84″ | 3. Curtain Panels in Pure White 47″x98″ | 4. Preston Room Darkening Curtain Panel 50″x95″ | 5. Half Priced Drapes Fake Linen Room Darkening Curtains 100″x96″ | 6. Tibast Room Darkening Curtains Darkish Pink 57″x98″

Opening Picture Credit: Design by Ryann Miller | Styling by Emily Bowser | Photograph by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Ryann’s MOTO Reveal: A Moody Multi-Practical Dwelling And Eating Room With A Lot Of Soul

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