Some unique window covering ideas include roll up shades made out of coffee or potato sacks and curtains fitted with chain links that are attached to a row of nails hammered into the window lintel. Homeowners can also use valances made of old bamboo place mats to cover their windows.
Sheeves of old paper can also be used as valances, with remnants from carpet stores put to use as draperies. Some homeowners skip the curtain rods and simply hang drapes up on wooden clothes hangers, hooking the clothes hangers to the lintel. Drapes made of cheap fabric such as burlap can be given a touch of style by sewing in grommets.