Beautiful Curtains on a Budget

DSC01758There’s nothing that spruces up a room quite like re-doing your drapery. Our living room used to be dark and dreary with heavy deep red curtains hung just at the edge of the only window in the room. Even when I would pull the drapes back, a good portion of the window was still blocked and the red cast a somber shadow on the room. When we decided to spruce the place up, the first thing I decided was to do something about that window!

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I searched online and found a plethora of information on WHERE to hang my new drapes (you can find a great article on this at Young House Love), but when it came to selecting the panels I was lost. Even the discount stores were selling individual panels for $20-$50 and I couldn’t imagine eating up so much of our tiny budget for some fabric to hang by the window. Making matters worse was that I really couldn’t  find any panels that I really liked anyway. I had just about given up when I came across the kitchen linens section in my favorite housewares store and right in front was a beautiful pattern that I loved! I stood there for a good 10 minutes moping and wishing they had curtains in a similar pattern until I remembered that I had once heard that it was possible to use any fabric for curtains if you just had drapery clips. It was decided! These tablecloths would be my new curtains! And for $12/piece I couldn’t beat the price! I already had my curtain rod so I headed to the hardware store for some drapery clips. DSC01761

I had never actually used an alternative fabric for curtains so it took a little trial and error to get them to hang just right. I had my husband hang the curtain rod high and tight as I had read that this would make the windows appear larger and would allow more light into the room. Then I did the following:

  1. Start by hanging one of your drapery hooks from the rod so you don’t forget to allow for the difference in length of your panels and measure from the clip to the floor (you can add a few inches if you’re interested in having the panels lay on the floor).
  2. Next, subtract the length you need from the total length of the tablecloths so you know what your top fold needs to be. (i.e. if you need 65 inch in length and have 80 inch tablecloths, you need a 15 inch fold.)
  3. Now lay your tablecloths out, face down on a flat, clean surface. Fold the top down the total amount after subtracting your length (15 inches according to the above example).
  4. Then, fold up from the bottom of your fold so that you don’t have a large amount hanging down from the top. When you are finished it will look like the picture below and you won’t be able to see the fold from outside as long as your curtain rod is hung high enough.DSC01759
  5. At this point you could just clip the drapery hardware on and hang your new curtains, but to make them look more like legitimate curtain panels, I created a pinch at the location of each clip. This is a nice little detail when your curtains are closed (you can see this detail in the picture at the top).
  6. Now hang your curtains and enjoy!

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