Last weekend's Chronicle included an article about how to address the challenge of covering your windows when you have a small budget. (We've just come up against this issue ourselves after having discovered last night that IKEA no longer carries our favorite, cheap, white cotton IRIS shades...)
Designer Beryn Hammil suggests inexpensive solutions such as using sheets for curtains, and tree branches or PVC pipes as curtain rods.
Do you have other budget-minded ideas that you've tried?
• The article is here: Three sheets to the wind is OK when they're covering a window