While there is so much that’s great about living in an apartment community, it can be difficult to personalize a small space, especially if you’re a renter. Sure, you can always roll out a fun area rug or hang some artwork, but nothing enhances a living space quite like eye-catching window treatments.

When you’re renting an apartment, you might not be able to drill holes to support heavy curtain rods or add custom blind brackets into the walls. At least not without putting your security deposit at risk. So what’s a stylish renter to do?

Whether you want to hang curtains to separate spaces in a studio apartment, create some privacy on your patio or balcony or keep your bedroom cool, here are some tips to hang temporary window treatments without putting holes in your walls.

man opening temporary window treatments and looking outside

7 Apartment Window Treatments to Consider

  1. Command Hooks – These come in all shapes and sizes and are a renter’s best friend. Command hooks are great for hanging lightweight curtains! Plus they’re practical and easily removable.
  2. Tension Rods – Inexpensive and removable, spring tension curtain rods adjust to fit a variety of window sizes. Rubber stoppers on the ends are designed to leave your paint unmarred. Just slide your favorite curtain or sheer onto the rod, pop it into place and you’ve got great apartment window treatments.
  3. Twist & Fit Curtain Rods – Similar to tension rods, these twist mount inside of the window frame. They combine the style of a traditional curtain rod with the functionality of a tension rod for damage-free installation of apartment window treatments.
  4. Magnetic Curtain Rods – This temporary window treatment is ideal for hanging lightweight curtains on any steel doors or steel-framed windows. They won’t, however, work with wood window frames or plastic sliding glass door frames.
  5. No-Drill Curtain Rod Brackets – As seen on Shark Tank, Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets feature a no-drill design that allows you to install curtains and draperies in seconds. They are the perfect window treatment for renters. Simply tap the bracket pins into the top of the window trim. No screws, no nails, and no damage! Brackets come in a variety of finishes and can support up to 20 pounds.
  6. Adhesive Hooks (on the Ceiling!) –Command hooks might not stick to textured walls, but you can hang curtains from your ceiling using adhesive broom or mop hooks. These can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores. Just stick the flat base on the ceiling, run a curtain rod through the hook or loop and voila! To remove the hooks, heat the adhesive at the base with a blow dryer.
  7. Temporary Shades – Redi Shade makes a spectrum of temporary window treatments for renters who prefer shades over curtains — everything from peel-and-stick paper shades to custom Simple Fit shades. Simple Fit shades use a tension rod system to lock the shade in place and are completely customizable. Renters can choose the color, style, and fabric, as well as select the amount of light and privacy. Both products can be installed in seconds without drills, brackets, hardware, or tools and can be removed quickly.

Dress Your Windows To Impress At Southern Management

Hanging apartment window treatments doesn’t mean you have to kiss your security deposit goodbye. At Southern Management, we want you to make your apartment feel like home.

While most of our over 25,000 apartments across Maryland and Virginia come with window treatments, we know you’ll want to decorate and put your personal stamp on your new apartment home. Hopefully, these ideas for temporary window treatments will give you all the privacy, style, and amount of sunshine you desire.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about specific apartment communities, including pricing, security deposits, decorating, amenities, etc.  So put down the power tools and take an online tour of our 75+ apartment communities.

Contact our team for a phone consultation today.