The Best Way to Cozy Up Your Cold Bedroom for Under $25

published Dec 24, 2018
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Colder, winter months often means dealing with windows that are old or weren’t installed correctly—ones that let cold air seep into your home. If you’re a renter, or don’t want to shell out the cash to replace them entirely, there’s a simple and cost effective solution: Hang some thermal curtains.

A thermal curtain has several thick layers of fabric, in addition to an added layer of foam or insulation. Not only do they block sunlight, but they keep cold drafts out, and can also reduce outside noise. Here are some of our favorite sources to buy, ranging from inexpensive to more pricey options:

Quick, Affordable Online Buys

Target: If you hit the site on the right day you can walk away with some very inexpensive basic curtains—we’re talking single digit prices. Plus, if you’re willing to scroll around a little bit, you can find really pretty patterns.

Amazon: You probably won’t find designer options here, but you can find a variety of colors and product reviews from real customers, and who doesn’t find that helpful? Plus, the prices are right.

Overstock: With more selection and more color and pattern, the site has options that are a little more expensive but still high-quality. Depending on what you choose, they sometimes offer free shipping, which is always helpful.

Custom Options

If you want to try to make your own, there are tutorials online, and it’s similar to making your own curtains, but with a few more steps and supplies. Instead of just plain fabric, you’ll need insulated lining and blackout fabric. This tutorial from the blog By Brittany Goldwyn offers simple instructions and images to follow along.

No matter if you buy or DIY, you’ll end up with a cozier space and (hopefully) a lower electric bill.