What should I cover my windows with?

What's a cheap, easy, window covering for privacy for a small bathroom and over the sink in the kitchen. Something I may have on hand.
q window coverage, fixing windows, window treatments, windows, Over the kitchen sink size 35 w 36 h
Over the kitchen sink,size: 35" w × 36" h
q window coverage, fixing windows, window treatments, windows, Bathroom 22 5 w 36 h
Bathroom, 22.5" w × 36" h.
  17 answers
  • StefanieB StefanieB on Sep 22, 2016
    Simple & cheap: Beach towels. Sheets. Tack up with push pins, even. Or get cheap tension rods at Big Lots ($3) and cheap curtain panels ($4 or $5) at Big Lots, Ikea, etc.
  • Merica St John Merica St John on Sep 22, 2016
    I used a flat sheet in a pretty floral pattern on my bathroom window. Works great! As for the kitchen window, a valance is nice. I used part of tablecloth and made a simple hem and slipped a tension rod through it.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 22, 2016
    Both great ideas. You can also spray paint the glass. They make spray paint for just this. It gives privacy, but still lets light in. Best of all it is easily removable. Just scrape or scrub it off.
  • Connie Connie on Sep 22, 2016
    A tension rod works well if you don't want to get out your drill. Either unused sheets or shower curtain cut to size, or pick up cheap curtain panels at Walmart.
  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Sep 22, 2016
    Here are a couple ideas: Debi53 has the right idea but I did mine with acrylic and a foam brush. It let the light in but still gave me privacy. The other is go to WalMart and in their fabric section they have 5' wide rolls of plastic that is everything from clear to floral to geometric shapes. It's about 3.00 per foot so you have a 5 square foot piece for every foot you buy. They even have a pattern that has spaces notched out so if you are careful you can trim them so you have holes for your tension rod or to make cafe curtains using dollar stores rings!!
  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 22, 2016
    I used a window frosting that comes on a roll. Bought at Home Depot. Cut to size and just wet the window with a spray bottle and it can be removed without leaving any glue. They have just a frosting and also patterns. Easy to do.
  • Becky Becky on Sep 22, 2016
    Window frosting sounds great. Will let the light in also. Easy.
  • Becky Becky on Sep 22, 2016
    I would check with landlord. I have seen window film on Zulilly and they are removable. I think one was called wall pops. They also carry vinyl sayings, etc. for placement on walls. They say they are removable and can be replaced if you don't get them on straight. Hope this helps. Maybe google it and see what you find.
  • Linda Martin Linda Martin on Sep 22, 2016
    If you have any extra pillow cases, and can get a couple of tension rods, your problem is solved! You don't even have to take the pillow cases apart. Just take out enough stitches to allow you to thread the cases onto the rod. Hang the cases with the hems at the bottom.
  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Sep 22, 2016
    For right NOW, I'd go with StefanieB's beach towels and push pins idea until you can afford one of the other options. Heck, newspaper and tape gives privacy temporarily. Good luck finding the solution that makes you happy!
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Sep 24, 2016
    You really only need to cover the bottom half, I'd think. Dollar stores have some great placemats. If you don't have spring rods, use string and pushpins (or rope and cup hooks, etc) fold over placemats. Or bathroom, tie on pretty scarves.
  • Meem Kaplan Meem Kaplan on Sep 24, 2016
    No funds.... Do you have some soap in bar form? Wet the bar soap and "draw" it on. If you don't have bar soap, use baking soda with some Crisco. Or some other powder for cleaning and use some kind of dense oil to mix in but be careful about getting it on the paint.
  • Faye Faye on Oct 22, 2016
    I covered mine with the frosted contact paper. Faye
  • Krister Elliott Krister Elliott on Oct 23, 2016
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. This is it so far.
  • Stephanie corley Stephanie corley on Oct 29, 2016
    What about an old sheet you have on hand. You can use a branch for your rod. I f you have any white sheets, you can tea stain the for a nice neutral color or buy color in the laundry area of the grocery store and wash the sheets in the color you like.
  • Jules Jules on Nov 03, 2016
    Frosted Contact paper or laminated gift wrap.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 10, 2021

    Hi there,

    Fabric of any kind! Table cloth , Sheets? Sellotape Wrapping paper to window, Use a Canvas Picture?