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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2004 10:05:26 AM »

in my dorm room, I used a cafe rod hung on 2 of the large command adhesive hooks (which I got for a bargain from a church yard sale) worked great

and yes, if you do put holes in the walls, use a bit of spackle and acrylic paint to fix it up  I do that even with the holes from pushpins coz I'm paranoid about leaving places as neat as I can
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2005 08:00:22 PM »

this is probably the least ethical response, and not exactly the most crafty -

i also rent, and am not allowed to make holes in the walls - but really wanted curtains. i also have blinds that must stay. at the top of the blinds is the weird metal thing they all pull up to, which is a liiiittle bit out from the wall - so i used tacks and tacked pretty sheer fabric behind there. this means that i have the curtains, but any holes formed by my illecit doings will be covered by the metal.

and, another plus - it looks like the top of the blinds (that i tucked the fabric behind) is a curtain rod.

when i unpack my digital camera, i'll take pictures if you want.

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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2005 02:23:22 PM »

What i did in my apt:

My blinds were attached by plastic brackets: they were hinged on one side and the other side attached to the wall. When I removed the blinds, I discovered it left to square "loops" already stuck on the wall! I threaded a dowel through the holes, then placed my tab tob curtains on top and positioned a tab so it covered the plastic bracket. I don't know if your blinds are attached the same way, but you could check and see: you don't have to make any holes, and the blinds just clip on or off the brackets.

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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2005 08:46:11 AM »

Definately command adhesive hooks.... Thats what I did in my dorm room - I had to put an extra one above my window in the middle to support it (wrapped some craft wire around the rod and then hooked it to the hook) but thats because my dorm had freakin 6 ft wide windows! it probably would have stayed if I'd had lighter weight curtains like sheers, but I had velour curtains (to help block out light when need be) so it really needed the support in the middle.  Found the coolest rod that looked like heavy duty metal, but really was very thin metal in Big Lots - so be sure to take into consideration the weight of the rod you get if you go with the command adhesive method...

of course my favorite idea I've ever seen if you have verticle blinds, is when they bought an extra set of the actual blind pieces on Design on a Dime, and painted one side - so then they took the originals down so they'd be there to put back up when the guy moved, and put up the new ones - they looked the same on the outside so the apartment people wouldn't get mad about changing the window treatments, but were a cool silver metalic paint on the inside....

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2005 02:32:49 PM »

i know this is a pretty old thread, but i thought i'd just mention a few things... first, most landlords won't care if you ding up around the windows, as long as you fix it (not with toothpaste, though), and secondly, at least in the apartments i've lived in, they hate those sticky hooks more than holes, because they peel the paint off (found that out the hard way)... but they really can't take money off your deposit for "normal wear and tear" so pinholes and the like should be fine, as long as there aren't ridiculous amounts of them, because its really not fair to assume you can live in their crappy near-white apartments with nothing up on the walls.
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2005 07:51:55 AM »

I've been living in an apartment for a few years and pretty much have the same situation, so one day I got tired of looking at the gnarly blinds, measured the windows and went to Wal Mart.

 I got $1 per yard fabric and shower curtain rods.  I just sewed the fabric into panels and then sewed a channel across the top and slid them onto the pole.  I love them, they are great, and you can't even tell how horrible my sewing is because they pool at the bottom. 

However  I'll be moving out of my apartment in a month and my new place has smaller windows so I have these long curtain rods that I'll have to find something to do with.  Luckily, I can still use the curtains, just have to get new rods.   

The shower curtain rods fit just fine in front of the blinds, and they have held very well considering I used some heavy material on one of them.
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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2005 10:19:29 AM »

What is "spackle"Huh

I have the same dillemma at the place I will be sharing with my fianc. I also don't think the tension rods will fit in there when the blinds are already taking up space inside the window frame.

But I thought of a solution but I just haven't inspected the situation yet. Usually blinds slide in to the brackets that are put in the window frame and then there is usually a little plastic square that you slide into place to hold the blinds in.

If you wanted to go this route you could maybe take the blinds out of their holders and store them away somewhere. Then when it's time to move you could just put the blinds back in.....



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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2005 10:22:51 AM »

What is "spackle"Huh

Spackle is a white putty that is used by drywallers. It's what creates a smooth seam when hanging dry wall. You can also use it to fill tiny holes in the wall. It's like putty wall you just goop it on, smush it in the hole, smooth it out, sand when dry and viola, wall is good as new.

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