Our living room has gone through a serious evolution. From fraying shredding disgusting curtains, to my green curtains from two homes ago, to a new sectional, and now my coral ikat curtains. Just check out the pictures of the evolution:
Do you see how low I had hung the green curtains? Also see how they are right on the edges of the windows? I did this so they would hit the floor and still be able to close, but in reality they were never long or big enough for this room. After making do with my green curtains I finally got serious about making some curtains that I really liked. Bad News is I finished them about three weeks before we sold our house. Good news is they’re coming with us to our new house!
For the coral curtains I went about 4 inches down from the ceiling and way outside the edges of the windows and they look SO much better (and bigger). I realized that unless you have about 5 ft ceilings 84″ curtains are never going to be long enough. These came in right around 98″.
I used Young House Love’s tutorial for no sew curtains using heavy duty heat’n bond. I started with 17 yards of this fabric, and in case you’ve never had a 17yd bolt, that is an overwhelming amount of fabric! For these curtains I used 4 rolls of heat and bond. This method is super simple, and no sewing skills are required, but I did spend one LONG day ironing all the seams.
For curtain rods my favorite super cheap method is to cut electrical conduit down to size and just spray paint it oil rubbed bronze. These rods were under $6! I actually spray painted rubber chair bumpers to put on the ends! I used ikea’s Betydlig hanging brackets that are just $1.49 a piece. Then I just made faux “pinch pleats” by using Ikea’s Syrlig curtain clips, that are $2.99/pack. I started with about 10 clips per panel and the faux pinch pleats didn’t look right. I ended up using about 20 clips per panel.
So throughout my curtain saga here’s what I learned:
-Hang curtains high and wide
-Use LOTS of clips for pretty pinch pleats
-Paint your conduit AFTER it’s cut or you will scuff your paint job (trust me… I know)
-Be prepared to spend a LONG time ironing
I’m so happy with the way my no sew pinch pleat curtains turned out! These weren’t cheap, but they are still WAY cheaper than having custom curtains made and I know they are completely unique! Hopefully they look just as good in the new house!
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