The Best Basics: Good, Cheap Curtains & Drapes

Curtain panels are a necessity for privacy and what I'll call visual softness, but that fabric can cost you. If you're in the market for some, check out these 10 options under $40.

TOP ROW:
1. Ivory Jute Sahaj Curtain Panel from World Market, $19.99-$24.99
2. Papercut Medallion Curtain Panel from Urban Outfitters, $29-$34
3. Threshold Jacquard Ikat Window Panel from Target, $24.99-$29.99
4. Eclipse Blackout Curtain Panel from Amazon.com, $25.44
5. RITVA Curtains from IKEA, $34.99

BOTTOM ROW:
6. DIY patterned fabric by Jason Loper
7. DIY Dropcloth curtains (Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook recommends this 9'x12' option from Amazon.com, $22.54)
8. Rust Kashvi Patterned Crinkle Voile Curtain Panel from World Market, $19.99
9. Berry and Bright Curtain Panel from ModCloth, $37.99
10. Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Alexa Curtain Panel from JC Penney, $34.99

(Images: As linked, 6. How to Make DIY Patterned Fabric 7. Chris Loves Julia)