Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Curtain Solutions: Part 1

     This house has a ton of windows.  Seriously, from where I'm sitting, I can count 11 windows- and that's only TWO rooms.  Big windows, tiny windows, over-sized windows... you name it, there's a window for it here.

     I don't know about other renters out there, but if I had to buy ready-made curtains every time I moved, I'd have a closet filled with nothing but curtains.  It seems as if no two homes ever had the same size windows.  I've learned to get crafty when it comes to window coverings, though, and I'm going to present several ideas over the next month that you can use on your own windows.

DIY Curtains for an Over-Sized Window

     Our living room has a ginormous picture window.  The dimensions are 9 foot 8 inches wide by 6 foot high.  Add in that it's a foot and a half off the floor, and that's a whole lot of space to cover.  Luckily, the landlord left us some sheers in the right size.  Personally, I was content to stick with sheers for a while... then IT happened.
Forgive me for recycling a picture, but I TOLD you this road was the view out my front door.  I wasn't kidding.  I was standing next to my mailbox when I snapped this.

     See that?  It's a road... directly across the street from my living room.  Why is this a problem?  Well, let me draw you a mental image.  Imagine it's late at night and with the kids already in bed, you're enjoying a night at home watching TV on the couch.  You're already in your nightie and stretching out to enjoy some quiet time with the Hubs and the latest episode of Top Chef.  Then you realize the folks pulling out of the street across from your couch can TOTALLY see you making out with your Hubby through those sheer little things you'd called curtains.  Yeah, not cool.

     I scoured the stores looking for curtains large enough to cover the space, but comparable sizes were running over $50 per panel.  We're talking AT LEAST A HUNDRED BUCKS- all to get some measure of privacy.  I finally wandered through Target and doubled back as something caught my eye:
It's even red and golden yellow- two of my favorite colors!

    Hmmm... it's big enough to cover half the window easily.  The price is awesome ($15).  I've got a plan.

     Score!  These are less than $5 per set!
As the top layer to the sheers, it's so cute!

    Putting it all together is a cinch!  If you can open a clothespin, you can use these curtain hangers.  I put them along one of the already hemmed edges, then, simply thread the curtains onto the curtain rod.

2 Tablecloths @ $15/each
2 Bags of Clips @ $4.89/each

Total: $39.78
Total Time: 5 minutes

     The best part to me is that, while I own two sewing machines, I didn't have to break either one out!


  1. That is a great idea! I am so stealing that! I have a collection of clearance table cloths that I impulse buy just because I like the design. I reupholstered my kids table and chair set with a vinyl table cloth set I found at Joanns for 5 bucks. This is a whole new layer!

  2. I've actually got a sneaky use for vinyl tablecloths coming up later this summer. I hope you'll come back to see it!

  3. This is such a great idea! I love the fabric!

  4. I am a renter too and have been stressing over curtains. Thanks for the tip!

  5. OMG that is so creative! I would have NEVER thought to use a table cloth as a curtain. Love your blog. Definitely going to come back and read more. Visiting from Comment Hour! -Meg O. @ oismeblog.com

  6. I'm not a renter but this is a great tip for anyone. Hmm, this might work for our large window on the main floor.

    Thanks for the great tip!

  7. Oh wow! What an interesting idea! It's cute and frugal! Stopping by from Comment Hour!

  8. Wow this is awesome, good for you for thinking outside the curtain! I don't think a curtain would have even entered my mind. I probably would've paid an arm and a leg for something pre-made. Great job!!

  9. That is so clever!!! Awesome idea!!

  10. Great idea and price! I also like that it is a now sew project.

  11. I like your style... especially how you handle your pictures. Keep up the great work! Congrats on being selected for #commenthour!

  12. Great Idea. My mom once did something similar with sheets. Stopping by from #commenthour.


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