Shades and blinds that make it easier to control interior light levels have an important role to play. Too much or too little natural light can make it all but impossible to create a more comfortable environment. While there are no shortage of hardware options available, renters are often limited to only those window coverings that can be mounted without causing harm to the walls, surfaces or surroundings. From tension rods to temporary hooks, there are plenty of ways that rental tenants may be able to cover their windows without having to worry about their security deposit.

Tension Rods for Curtains

Traditionally-paned windows that have a recessed frame are ideally suited for tension rods. Tension rods are the same device that is typically used to hang a shower curtain and may be deployed within a window frame without causing any harm to the drywall or other surfaces. The downside of hanging curtains from a tension rod is that they may be unable to withstand a great deal of weight so renters will be limited to only lighter curtains and window coverings that will not place additional stress on the hardware.

Compression Shades

Compression systems are designed for drill-free installation and may be custom fit in order to accommodate almost any size frame. Shades and window coverings that are designed to work with a compression system range from translucent curtains that function as little more than a decorative accent to blackout curtains that are able to block the maximum amount of light from intruding into a space or environment. While compression shades can provide superior durability and flexibility over tension rods, they also come with a higher price tag which may become an issue for those who have limited funds or renters who have signed a short-term lease.

Temporary Hooks

Temporary hooks that can be mounted to drywall or other surfaces with an adhesive pad may be the perfect option for those who are interested in the look and appearance of a more traditional curtain rod. The hooks can be hung very easily and are available in a wide range of styles and finishes. While a temporary command hook is designed to be uninstalled without leaving a mark, larger hooks that are may use a stronger adhesive in order to support greater weight may still damage drywall or other surfaces should their weight limit be exceeded or in the event that that are removed improperly.

Twist and Fit Curtain Rods

Similar in function to a tension rod, twist and fit curtain rods have been designed specifically for window coverings. These rods will typically feature the same look and style as a traditional screw-mount rod and may be able to support curtains or blinds that weigh far more than what a simple tension rob may be able to handle. A twist and fit rod will also utilize single-piece construction in order to ensure that installation can be as simple and straightforward as possible.  Also a piece of advice don't let these rods languish in your garage it can cause issues with the twisting mechanism not working properly.  Don't ask me how I know.