Inexpensive Alternatives to Mini Blinds

Inexpensive Alternatives to Mini Blinds

Tara Bellucci
Mar 20, 2012

Nothing screams "rental" like ecru, landlord-issue mini blinds. They're hideous, but you're stuck with them, right? Wrong! Here are 7 stylish upgrades that won't cost you your security deposit.

First, get rid of the offending blinds. Most all of them pop out of their mounts quite easily and can be stored in the basement/crawl space/style jail until it's time to move out. All of the options below are under $30.

OPTION 1: Tie-Up Curtains
The Roman shade's country cousin, these cute fabric shades don't have the pull cord, so it's a good option if there are babies around. Urban Outfitters has some fun colors, or you can DIY with a no-sew tutorial from The Accent Piece.

OPTION 2: Window Film
Films are a great option if you want the light to come in but the view obstructed. Also helpful if you have animals who like to shed and/or chew on window coverings. Films use static to stay on your windows, so installation and removal is super easy. And the options are getting better and better, like this calming blue pattern from Home Depot.

OPTION 3: Roman Shades
Those Romans were on to something. This is a classy shade available at many retailers in a wide range of colors, including these hot pink shades from Wayfair. If you'd rather DIY, here's a no-sew option from Scoutie Girl.

OPTION 4: Grass Shades
If you're looking for something with more visual interest, shades in jute, bamboo, or reed are a great sustainable option. Pearl River has tons of color and material options under $30.

OPTION 5: Wood Blinds
Maybe you like the functionality of blinds, but just want a better-looking option. Wood blinds don't have to cost a lot. IKEA comes to the rescue with 3 colors to choose from.

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(Images: as linked above)

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