As much as you might like to show off your stylish home, you don't want uncovered windows to invite prying eyes. You also don't want to spend a small fortune creating that privacy, so consider these 10 sources for affordable curtains, blinds, and shades.
1. Overstock.com: This site is one of my go-to resources for window coverings. I can't speak to their curtains, but I've been happy with the price and look of the bamboo roman shades I bought for my last apartment and current home.
2. Urban Outfitters: Look to them for colorful solid and patterned sheers. While you're there, they also have a big selection of tie-backs.
3. Bed Bath & Beyond: Sure, there are some outdated swags in there, but there are good deals on a wide selection of drapes and sheers, including blackout and thermal options.
4. Country Curtains: While some of the offerings read a bit too, well, country, there are several simple options that would fit a variety of styles. Thess pompom fringe curtains are reasonably priced and, from reviews, seem to keep buyers happy for years.
5. Home Depot: These purveyors of paint, nails, and lumber also sell affordable blinds, roman and roller shades, and curtains.
6. JC Penney: Several readers commented on this post about their satisfaction with blinds and shades from this retailer.
7. IKEA: But you knew that. More specifically, the AINA style comes in at $49.99 for a pair of 100-percent linen curtains, and the ENJE roller blinds are popular with bloggers like Anna of Door Sixteen.
8. World Market: This retailer has lots of colorful cotton options for curtains that consistently get positive reviews.
9. Pottery Barn Kids: Even if you're not running with a grade school crowd, you can find some nice choices here, especially when there are sales. Consider the sailcloth panels; I like them in navy.
10. DIY: Try customizing dropcloths or cotton sheets with stencils, dye, or whatever creative option you can dream up. Check out this list of easy instructions from across the Web.
(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux)