Window treatments can be expensive, especially when you have a lot of windows to cover. If you’re desperate for some privacy and desperate to keep some spending money in your decor budget, it’s time to turn to IKEA. Yes, those plain white sheer curtains and roller blinds are less than inspiring, but with a few craft supplies and minimal sewing, you can turn those drab drapes into fabulous focal points. Whether you want stripes, pom poms or some golden details, we’ve found 15 IKEA hacks that’ll make you proud of your windows.

1. Tassel Fringe: Just the simplest addition of a tassel fringe makes all the difference when it comes to dressing up sheer white IKEA curtains. (via Love Maegan)

2. Colorful Rods: Curtains aren’t the only place you can add color. Paint the rods a bold, bright color for a fun, unexpected pop. (via Selina Lake)

3. Metallic Twist: Find some gold heat transfer vinyl and just start ironing. We love seeing the metallic trend popping up everywhere, including curtains. (via My Sister’s Suitcase)

4. Horizontal Striped Curtains: Make a huge statement in any room — from the nursery to the living room — with bold striped curtains. (via IKEA Hackers)

5. Casual Drapery Panels: Dress up a pair of white IKEA curtains with a fun, graphic grid pattern made out of iron-on tape ribbon. (via The Hunted Interior)

6. Embellished Curtains: Why settle for plain stripes when you can add pom pom stripes? Also, this DIY requires zero sewing — all you need is a steady hand and a glue gun. (via Makely Home)

7. Ribbon Curtains: Depending on how well stocked your craft room is, the only thing this IKEA hack will cost you is some time. (via Design Crisis)

8. Confetti Drapes: Why sew curtains when you can paint them? These colorful polka dots are a fun way to bring more color into the room. (via Remodelaholic)

9. Painted Shades: Lay out some lines with tape and then have fun painting your IKEA roller shades. Instead of searching endlessly for the perfect shades, painting your own allows you to get the perfect color combination. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

10. Sleek Stripes: How is it that the simplest addition like thin stripes can make white IKEA curtains look so much more expensive? (via Jenna Burger)

11. Gold Trim: Go ahead and try to guess what that gold trim is? Did you guess duct tape?? Nope, we never would’ve thought to put duct tape on our curtains either, but we have to admit it looks pretty awesome. (via Rain on a Tin Roof)

12. Reading Nook: You don’t have to just keep curtains on the windows. The cheap, sheer IKEA curtains are perfect for creating a private little reading nook or adding privacy to a studio apartment. (via Pinka)

13. Color Block Panels: If you have taller windows, don’t despair. Instead of trying to DIY the entire curtain, just add a bit of color blocking to the bottom of the panel to instantly add more length. (via Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss)

14. Curtained Daybed: Dress up an IKEA daybed with a little canopy and curtains that can be drawn for a bit of stylish privacy. (via My Design Dump)

15. Bold and Black: A bold black outline creates quite the focal point in any room. If you can tape a straight line, you can definitely make these easy peasy curtains. (via Bliss at Home)

How are you dressing up your IKEA curtains? Share your project ideas with us in the comments below!