The screen had to be tall enough to cover the door but short enough to leave a mounted speaker (near the ceiling) free. It also had to be narrow enough to not block the TV (on a shelf right next to it) but wide enough to cover the door. Ugh.
Stupid, stupid door.
(Forgive me, I can't find the website where I got this pic from...if anyone knows, please please let me know and I'll credit it!)
Hanging burlap! Brilliant! and cheap! annnnnnnd customizable! I got some burlap, cut it to size, and, using the above pic as a guide, busted out some acrylic paints and a sponge brush to paint the design.
I only had to sew the sides, the top (for a curtain rod) and the bottom (to hold a "weight" of sorts so it would hang straight...I used an old wooden blinds slat).
After rummaging around in the garage, I found my old missing hiking sandals (saweet! they'd been missing forever!) and, more importantly and pertinent to this particular endeavor, some chains and a curtain rod. I spray-painted both black and hung them up. (Have I told you lately how much I love spray paint? Oh man, that stuff is glorious. Easy, quick-drying, and did I mention easy. Bim-bam-boom.)
Hung up the burlap at an angle to soften the corner a bit and make it look less like I had something to hide. Which I did. But I didn't want the world to know that. The world who comes into our basement. Which is at least 10 non-family people a year. So.