Let's face it—those cheap roller shades you've been using to block out the light don't offer much in the looks department. What if we told you there were stylish, affordable, and multi-purpose alternatives available that don't break the bank? Take a look at our options below that serve as chic window coverings, blackout curtains, and are insulated to keep chilly drafts at bay.
Calen Chevron Printed Thermal Lined Curtain Panel at Target, Starting at $12.39 each
These energy-efficient panels–each sold separately–are made from 100% polyester (hence the inexpensive price tag). You'll never know they're so hardworking thanks to their kicky chevron print and fun color options.
Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Window Curtain Panels at Amazon, Starting at $19.99/pair
In addition to a multitude of bright and subdued colors alike, complimentary tie-backs are included with these thermal insulated grommet curtains as an added bonus. You can't go wrong with almost 700 4.5 star reviews!
MAJGULL Blackout Curtains at IKEA, $39.99/pair
If simple, chic elegance is what you're after, look no further than these soft gray curtains from IKEA. You can create pleats using RIKTIG curtain hooks (sold separately), or simply thread onto a curtain rod as shown for a looser look. Machine washable fabric makes spring cleaning a breeze.
Studio Trio Grommet-Top Curtain Panel at JCPenney, Starting at $35 (using code 4DEALS at checkout)
For a colorblocked pattern with a touch of added luminosity, these curtain panels – sold individually – are just the ticket. We're partial to the Faded Denim and Golden Cocoon shades, but each unique colorway features three different interwoven hues and textures as well as a cotton/poly blend lining.
Rowley Birds Room Darkening Window Curtain at Houzz, $45.99/pair of 52"x84"
Put a bird on it! These cheeky yellow and gray blackout curtains prove function doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing style. This set of two window panels features an array of solid, polka dot, patchwork, and floral-patterned birds perched atop wires, and are made of polyester for the ultimate in durability.
Custom Blackout Sheer Curtain by The Filigree Fern at Etsy, Starting at $25
Want the look of sheer, flowing curtains with the power of a fully functional, insulated blackout shade? These breezy curtains (sold individually) are constructed by mounting a panel of net-lace to an off-white blackout panel for the ultimate in femininity.
Chace Nautical Blackout Thermal Grommet Panel Pair at Wayfair, $74.99/pair + sheers
This hip arrow-patterned curtain set also arrives with two sheer panels, for a more completed, formal look. The triple-weave construction helps keep cold winter air from seeping in, plus it offers a noise-reducing benefit, as well.
Trellis Thermalogic Insulated Room Darkening Grommet Curtains at Touch of Class, Starting at $81.99/pair
For windows that will pack a punch, why not give these graphic trellis-patterned curtains a try? Each pair is crafted with 100% cotton duck and lined in acrylic suede, for a difference you can see and feel. Antique metal grommets add to the charm.
Off White Velvet Blackout Extra Wide Curtain Panel at Overstock, Starting at $105.41 each
Add a touch of glam to an otherwise unremarkable window. Perfect for rentals or while you're awaiting a bigger-budget makeover, adding this pair of extra wide, luxe velvet curtains will instantly transform the entire room. Make sure to order these a few inches longer than needed so they pool perfectly on the floor.
Custom Classic Drapes by Modernality Home Decor at Etsy, Starting at $28 (blackout lining extra)
Up the ante with these nautical-chic curtains in a 6" Cabana Stripe. Featuring a rod pocket top (grommets can be added for an additional cost if you prefer), these uber-popular 100% cotton drapes are made to order in just 3-4 weeks. The blackout lining (extra depending on length) is insulated and cuts down significantly on energy costs.