How to cover big windows inexpensively?

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We just moved into an older Victorian style home with very high ceilings and very long windows. They aren't wide but each one is 82" long. So far, without having something custom made, we can't find any blinds or shades that come in this length. Does anyone have any ideas how we can add a little privacy without breaking the bank? There are 10 windows we need to cover!! Thanks! :-)
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  • Mir Graham Mir Graham on Oct 12, 2015
    Most curtains range from 84"-110". Window treatments really depend on the style of home you have decorated. There's roman shades, standard curtains, bamboo shades... tons of options. I used drop cloth curtains for years.
    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 12, 2015
      @Mir Graham-thanks for your response! I am seeing more and more beautiful drop cloth curtains so I just might give that a try! I just wish I could find some type of shade that came in those lengths :(
  • Tammy Shoemaker Tammy Shoemaker on Oct 12, 2015
    I'd personally hit thrift stores and look for mix and match curtains but that's me. The idea of both privacy and still having light hit me. Maybe, if you want light too, try finding shutter's for the bottoms of the windows and valances on top. I've personally used flat sheets as curtains. Good luck and let us know what you come up with!
    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 12, 2015
      @ Tammy Shoemaker- thank you so much!!! I haven't thought of shutters but that is a great idea!! I will post some pics as soon as I come up with something!! :)
  • Theresa Bradshaw Theresa Bradshaw on Oct 12, 2015
    Have a discount fabric store anywhere near you? Otherwise I would hit yard sales, estate sales and like Tammy said thrift stores.
  • Moonwildflowers Moonwildflowers on Oct 12, 2015
    I don't think you will find blinds or shades not custom made, but for simple curtains, which can be placed inside the window with pressure rods, I have used tablecloths for fabric.. I can find pretty ones at Homegoods for much less than what I would pay for decorator fabric - in lengths to 100 inches.
    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 12, 2015
      @ Moonwildflowers- thanks so much for your helpful reply!! I love your tablecloth idea and am going to check out our Homegoods asap! Using the tension rods like you mentioned is a great idea as you can hang a pair of tier curtains at the bottom for extra privacy. Maybe that way I can skip the blinds altogether and just use curtains. Thanks so much!! :)
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 12, 2015
    One of the most sensible ideas I have seen yet is taking the top of flat sheets, make a slit at the end of the hen at both sides, slide in the rods and you have curtains! A king flat might work for you. Another great idea is using drop cloths by putting grommets in them...again, no sewing
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    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 12, 2015
      Thank you Jeanette!! I'm loving all of these creative ideas that won't cost us a fortune! A king size flat sheet is another fabulous idea! Keep them coming ladies lol :-)
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 12, 2015
    P.S. You can tape off those drop clothes and paint stripes on them...a couple of 2-3" Navy stripes just under the windows is very pretty (or green, red or whatever fits with our decor).
  • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 12, 2015
    Love that idea! What type of paint do you think would be ok to use?
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    • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Oct 19, 2015
      Another idea is the static film for windows on bottom half for privacy, but will let in light.
  • Loretta Loretta on Oct 12, 2015
    95 inch drapes would puddle nicely
  • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Oct 16, 2015
    I once had tall windows, only there for 6 months but did not want temporary curtains like hung paper or sheets nailed up. Bought several yards of some cheap cheap pretty material on sale, sewed a pocket across top hemmed the bottom, or you can use shower curtains there are some pretty ones today. When I put curtains inside my closet doorway for pretty cover up, I found out the tension rods were too flimsy and sagged. so used bathroom shower rods, much heavier and stronger. There is a tutorial for roman shades on here made from mini blinds, you could make any length you need that way. . ,
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    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 19, 2015
      Thanks so much! I think what you said about hanging regular long drapes and then short ones at the bottom for privacy is exactly what I need to do. I've gotten so many great ideas here so far about saving money by either making my own long curtains or finding them inexpensively at certain stores so the next problem was covering the bottom part since no one sells blinds/shades this long. This seems like the best option so I thank you very much for your help!
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Oct 19, 2015
    Look on line at Kirklands or JCPenney or eve IKEA set their draperies. Bet you can find them.
    • Happyfeet Happyfeet on Oct 19, 2015
      Thank you Carolyn! Many people have suggested Ikea I am told they sell the extra long ones so thank you for the wonderful idea!
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