Temporary Blinds

Temporary Blinds

Jeanine Brennan
Aug 18, 2008

Its no fun to be rushed when you buy things for your home. Especially after you just move and don't have the feel of your place yet. But you need to put something up on the windows. Thank goodness for temporary blinds....

Instead of resorting to the customary sheets over the windows, when we move we always put up temporary window blinds until we figure the room out. The shades we buy are called Redi Shades and are a piece of cake to install, you can get them from big bins at Home Depot, Linens n Things or Lowes and many places online. They couldn't be any cheaper (around $5).

All you do is cut one end with a serrated or utility knife to fit your window, then attach them to the top of the window using an adhesive strip at the top of the shade. You don't need any tools or hardware, and you can install them in just a few minutes.

They come in two different styles-- we use the the original version which uses clips to raise the shade (its a little like refolding the paper fans you used to make as kids). There's also a style that has a drawstring with a toggle at the end instead of a clip, which aids in the 'not temporary' look. Both versions have the adhesive top, and come as light filtering or blackout.

The blinds are literally around $5 (a little more for the style with the cord), so they're a great solution for quick window coverings that fill the gap till you decide what's right for you. And another nice thing about these temporary blinds is that they actually do last. Its embarrassing to admit that we've kept some up for a couple of years now and we've almost forgotten that its on our list to actually buy some real ones.

Redi Shade web site

-Jeanine

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