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Curtains are one of those things that are absolutely necessary and often incredibly expensive. Here are our top tips for saving money when buying curtains for your kids bedrooms.
Buy Second Hand
If you're just moving out, you're likely to know other people doing the same. See if there's anyone you know looking to change their curtains and offer to buy them from them – it'll be much cheaper second-hand, and unless they're ancient, they'll work perfectly fine. It does limit your range of options, but it's a great way of cutting costs. It's worth asking the previous owners of your new place whether they'd be willing to leave theirs behind for a small price – after all, they'll already match the décor and be fitted, saving you a lot of hassle.
Buying online direct from suppliers can knock a huge amount of the cost of curtains. Whilst there's the risk that you don't get to see them before you buy them, there are ways to avoid this becoming an issue. Look for sites with really good reviews, ask for personal recommendations, and double-check return policies. The best sites will allow you to return them for free within a certain timescale if you don't like them. Plus, you'll often find a much wider range of styles online since they're not paying for physical space.
Buy Thermal Lined Curtains
Thermal lined curtains are more expensive than normal curtains, so you might wonder how this will save you money. It won't at the actual point of purchase, but it will in the months afterwards – especially during winter. Thermal lined curtains can cut the amount you spend on heating quite substantially, saving you money in the long run. They also have the added benefit of often being blackout curtains too, meaning your kids won't wake up to the sun in your eyes in the early hours of the morning. They might just sleep in a bit later too!
Buy Thermal Lining Separately
Like the idea of thermal lined curtains but want to save even more money? You can buy the thermal lining yourself separately from a fabric shop and stitch it to the back of the curtains or hang it separately behind them. You don't have to be a very competent stitcher to do this, either – a basic grasp of running stitch should do just fine. Of course, if you're the sort of person who wants everything to look just so, it's probably worth figuring it out how to do it properly.
You Don't Need Accessories
Check what the curtains you're buying come with. Do they come with tiebacks? If so, ask yourself whether you really need them (you probably don't). The same comes with hooks – it's often cheaper to buy these separately from a dollar store, rather than invest in the dearer ones from the shop you got the curtains themselves from.
Forget About Accuracy
If you're really looking for a cheap option, you might want to forgo exact measurements. If it's a room you don't use often, or one that they're open for most of the time, then you might be able to skimp on the size – after all, a small gap along the sides or bottom might be worth the savings you'll make from going down a size.
Sew Them From Scratch!
Okay, so this isn't technically buying curtains, it's making them. But it's a really cheap option if you're willing to invest the time. Depending on the type of curtain you need you might find this very easy or very hard, so make sure to do the research. You may also find buying designer fabrics large enough to be a challenge so plan ahead rather than just diving in there. The internet is filled with tutorials in picture, text and video form on this, so have a browse through before you decide. You can also find local classes – again, these will potentially make it dearer at the point of price, but you'll also learn a new skill to make money off, by making curtains for all your friends.