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Company’s coming! Quick and Inexpensive Window Shades!

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Some of you may have seen these quick and inexpensive window coverings, they have been around for many years. Those of you who haven’t, this post is for you. They are basically paper which has been perfectly folded (accordion style).

Redi Shade pleated shade

I  have only seen them in your basic colors, beige, white and black but I think it would be nice if they were made from more decorative paper, I imagine them in many different colors and patterns, kinda like fabric or wallpaper etc. Awesome idea, don’t you think? I just love them for a temporary use. They are perfect for that new home owner who has just bought a home and suddenly realized you have thirty windows and very little monies left to cover them. And they are also perfect for our home, now in the process of being restored, if you missed the post and “to do list” you can check it out here “Our Incomplete Home Tour”.

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When we decided to have a small New Years Eve party, we had to come up with a makeshift bedroom for our guest. I wanted them to be as comfortable as possible. So I picked up these sweet Redi Shades at Walmart for less than $5.00 each. We have 5 windows in this room and we have never had window coverings on them, that’s right, naked as a jaybird!  I love the light we get in this room and because we have no neighbors on this northeast side of our home for miles, window coverings are really not necessary for privacy. I do love beautiful window coverings, and once we get all the trim installed in this room and I am able to decorate, I want to custom make my window coverings for this room. But for now, you can’t beat these shades to give a little softness and make the room feel more finished and private. They also look way more neat than tacking up some old sheets, 😉  ha! come on, you know you’ve used that trick before. So I’m sharing a little show and tell on how easy they are to install.

tools required to cut to fit redi  shades

First, you will need to measure the inside frame of your window, these shades come in different sizes and they may fit your window perfect as they are so measure your window before you buy them, if not, buy the ones that are slightly larger than your window and then you can trim to fit. I bought the 36″ wide by 72″ length.

inside measurement


My windows measured 33″

then all you do is…

redi shade install

Be sure to use your pig shaped cutting board  😉

Before I stuck the shade in place I used a damp rag and wiped the surface clean of any dust or spider webs, be sure to press hard along the width of the shade. The shade comes with two clips to use to adjust the length where you want it.

clip installed on shade

simple shade install

shaded window

No, they’re not beautiful but functional and at least they’re no longer naked jaybirds. So, have you ever used these cheapo, temporary shades? How about old sheets?

Sharing with these fine ladies…

Christine@The D.I.Y. Dreamer

 Becky@Beyond the Picket Fence

Vanessa@Nifty Thrifty Things

Roashel@DIY Showoff

  • Christine January 29, 2014, 8:44 am

    Oh so GREAT!!!!! I have MANY bare windows, this will come in very handy!!! Thanks Cindy!!

    • Cindy January 29, 2014, 9:25 am

      Ha! gotta love the temporary fix. 😉 Thanks for stopping by Christine.

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