July 9, 2012

Curtain Conundrum

Three days after we moved into our new house, we had white wood blinds installed on every window except for the sliding glass doors because the options that we could choose from were limited.

One of the options was vertical blinds and I don't know about you but to me, they're outdated and old looking and I knew I could come up with a better solution. Another option was fabric panels that would slide open and closed on a track and, while that was a better option than the vertical blinds, I still wasn't sold so the doors sat naked for the past month while I tried to come up with a solution that wouldn't break the bank.

I ended up going with my original plan of treating the doors like a giant window and started searching for some curtains that were 108" - 118" long but that turned into a bigger issue than I thought it would be. I know IKEA sells 118" long curtains but the styles are limited:

Also, the closest IKEA to me is 2 hours away one way so I only make a trip up there every few months when I have a long list of things to buy. Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells longer length curtains but every style I liked was $80+ per panel and even with a 20% off coupon, it was more than I wanted to spend. Unfortunately me and my sewing machine don't get along at all so sewing my own curtains was out of the question haha

Enter Lowe's. They sell canvas drop cloths in different sizes for pretty cheap and while I'm not the first person to make drapes out of drop cloths, I felt pretty good about the idea. I purchased two, 6 ft x 9 ft drop cloths for $9.97 each and two packs of Allen + Roth ORB curtain clip rings for $9.97 each.

When I got home I washed and dried each drop cloth and hung them over the edge of our loft so they wouldn't get wrinkles while they waited to be hung. After we assembled half of our DIY pipe curtain rod (tutorial coming soon!), we slid the curtains on and assembled the other half. Then they sat on our couch getting wrinkled for about a week because we didn't have another ladder tall enough for me to stand on and hold the 800lb pipe rod up (not really but it was HEAVY) while my boyfriend screwed the flanges into the wall. Thankfully I was able to borrow my mom's ladder and we were able to get them hung up:

Anddd that's when I realized how plain they looked and kind of boring they looked. Also, one of the drop cloths is shorter than the other one and our pipe rod is hung too high which means the drapes aren't kissing the floor like I'd prefer them too :(

We double checked our pipe rod to make sure it's level and it is so it has to be the drop cloth's size/cut. Enter the "womp, womp" sound effect here! Sigh, looks like it's back to square one to look for extra long curtains. Does anyone have a secret source they could point me towards?


  1. Hi Caitlin! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE your pipe curtain rod! I have one idea although it is a style choice that not everyone would like so I'm just throwing it out and feel free to hate it :) - maybe you could make the curtains even and then add another piece of fabric to the bottoms so they "kiss" the floor- it could be a similar/same color or a totally different color.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, Crystal! I've thought about adding a fabric band to add some interest and to solve my problem but I haven't decided on a color yet haha Navy? Black? Charcoal? I'd like something darker (to hide dirt) but something that will still "pop" :)


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