Your brand new, shiny plantation shutters have just been installed and you couldn’t be happier. The whole house just looks better, but there’s one little problem...there’s a heaping pile of old window treatments on the floor, and you have no idea what to do with them. Well, maybe we can help! Let’s talk about what you can do with your old window treatments.
If you have window treatments that were previously in another window opening and are still in good shape, you might want to consider repurposing them to another room of the house. Granted, most window treatments are custom-sized to the window; however, slight adjustments can be made in order to fit them into another opening.
This works especially well for those who didn’t opt for plantation shutters in every room of the house. For example, take your old window treatments from the living room and reinstall them in the bedroom or den. This way, they still have a purpose.
Another way to avoid wasting perfectly good window treatments is to donate them. Whether you donate to someone you know or to a donation center, chances are someone will have a use for them. Maybe you have a neighbor who just moved in and needs some temporary window coverings. Or maybe you have a relative who is just starting out and doesn’t want to buy new window treatments. Think about this before you decide to just haul them to the trash.
You can also opt for the installer to take them. Maybe suggest that if they’re in good condition and still currently trendy that they can hang them in the showroom to have customers see some of their different options.
Maybe those dusty old drapes just can’t be saved enough to repurpose them to another room. Well, think again! Even slight tweaks to the fabric can liven them up enough to decorate another room in the house. Try adding a bright fabric border on a plain white drapery panel and see just how much it does for the overall look and feel of the window treatment. For example, add a bright ocean blue or aqua fabric stripe around the bottom or top of the drapes, hang in a guest room and notice how light and airy the space has become.
Sometimes, there’s just no saving them. You’ve gotten as much out of those mini blinds as physically possible to the point where they’re hanging on by a thread. This is when it’s okay to say goodbye and take them to the trash. You can do this yourself, or the installer will be happy to do so for you.
Consider Your Options
Before you decide that there’s just no use for your old window treatments, consider these suggestions:
- Repurpose them into a different room.
- Donate to a friend or relative.
- Revamp and add some style to older treatments.
- Suggest to use in a showroom to help other customers.
Don’t take a trip to the trash with perfectly good products! Give new life to some old window treatments with these suggestions...you might be glad you gave them a chance.