No matter how excited you are to move, it takes time to adjust to your new home – especially when it comes to sleeping. That first night, you’re guaranteed to notice that the streetlight outside your window beams directly into your eyes, or that come morning the sun will wake you up at 5 A.M.
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You’ll be tempted to race out to the nearest store and buy whatever curtains are the least offensive to remedy the situation, but there’s a very good chance you’ll want to buy new ones – ones you actually like! – within six months. As you know deep down, decorating slowly is always a better approach.
That doesn’t mean you should tack up a sheet and call it a day, though. Totally go buy window coverings, just buy temporary ones that are less than $10. Do such things exist? We’re happy to inform you they do, in the form of Redi Shade paper shades at Bed Bath Beyond.
These things are a renter’s dream. First of all, the shades are made to handle the weirdest of window dimensions. They come in two widths, which you can further customize with a sharp knife when you bring them home. Then there’s the peel-and-stick adhesive, which makes for couldn’t-be-simpler hanging (and removal, when your real drapes arrive). Lastly, they come in a “room darkening” version, which since it’s not fully opaque, offers the best of both worlds. (Your room won’t be annoyingly dark during the day, nor annoyingly bright at night.) Oh, and did we mention these guys are max $9?
Of course, there’s only gray and white to choose from and there’s nothing luxe about the material, but that’s not the point. Your time with these paper shades is fleeting. Soon your navy velvet curtains will arrive and your paper shades will be merely a memory. Well, until you move again.