Ways to Cover Windows Without Curtains

Updated February 21, 2017

Some windows just need to be covered. If you do not like the look of curtains and do not want to bother with them, there are options for you. Choose from options that are fairly permanent. There are also choices for people who want to be creative with their window coverings or just want something simple and easy to remove.


Shades are one way in which to cover up your windows if you prefer not to have curtains. Shades come in a wide variety of styles and colours. Traditional shades or blinds hang horizontally in a window, but there are some shades that hang vertically, giving your windows a completely different look. Vertical shades work well on windows that are part of patio doors. Shades also come in a variety of materials, such as vinyl, fabric covered and bamboo.

Epsom salts

Epsom salts are good for more than just soaking your feet. Make a mixture out of 2 tablespoons of the salts and 1 cup of beer. The beer will foam up; this is necessary, so allow the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes. Then use a foam brush to apply the mixture to the window. After the mixture dries the windows will be covered in a frostlike substance. This allows light to come through, but it is translucent, so it does offer some privacy as well. This works well in bathroom windows where it is difficult to hang curtains. It is easy to wash off with warm soap and water, and you can redo it any time you feel necessary.

Vintage Handkerchiefs

Vintage handkerchiefs can give your windows a little bit of covering without hanging curtains. If you do have small curtain rods already hanging at the windows, you can drape a large vintage handkerchief over the rod. In some ways this resembles a valance that only covers the top portion of the window, but does not require any sewing. Pick up vintage handkerchiefs at thrift stores and yard sales.

Contact Paper

Contact paper comes in translucent varieties that you can cover your windows with. Some contact paper is sticky, and some work more like a window cling. Either option works well, especially for those who live in rental properties and cannot make any changes or screw things into the walls or window casings. One of the keys to applying the contact paper is to make sure the window is perfectly clean first. Lint or even a little bit of moisture will prevent the contact paper from adhering to the glass.

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