At the ripe age of 27, I dressed my first window in my apartment. Living up high without the need for privacy, I never wanted curtains until a recent decorating spree. You know what? Curtains are expensive, y'all. When the perfect drape is out of your price range, there are only two options: you can settle, or you can get savvy. These home bloggers have discovered that the only difference between a shower curtain and a window curtain is the name.

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Horizontal stripes are a classic look for elegant window drapes, but they can cost upwards of $100 per panel. West Elm's 100% cotton horizontal Stripe Shower Curtain? Only $39 in navy blue, gray, or yellow citron. And they're on sale a lot.

With just a little bit of time and some basic sewing skills, you can fit these curtains with grommets or extra length. Then dress windows in living rooms, bedrooms or kids' rooms with your custom threads.

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Here are a few posts and tutorials from bloggers who've been there and used West Elm shower curtains to dress windows in their homes: