Have you ever priced custom window treatments that were 108 inches in length? Holy Moly, they are not cheap curtains!
I just could not bring myself to pay $$$$ for custom window treatments! So I took the advice from my dear friend and professional interior designer, Heather, of Renewal Home Decor. One day we were discussing my ideas for my dining and living room transformation, she suggested that I use pre made curtains and embellish them by adding custom fabric to them to design my own “custom curtains”!
What a great idea!
Why would I do this?
Because I love the custom look without the custom price! And because I am looking for ideas to pass on to all of you!
I think this is a great cheap curtain idea for nomads like me!
Even if you don’t move often, but like to follow the latest home decor trends, this is a great way to do just that without spending a lot of money. This is just a great idea period!
Where did I buy the premade curtains?
why IKEA, of course! These curtains are the VIVAN and sold in a package with 2 panels, 98 inches in length, white in color, just the perfect neutral, not too white but not too yellowish either. They are 70% polyester 30% cotton and have a linen look to them.
And they were only $9.99 for the pair! Yes you read that correctly! $9.99 for both! I know right! That’s like 5 bucks each!
I bought this custom fabric by Waverly Fabrics from Joanne’s when it was 50% off !
Ohhh Yeeaah- I love a bargain!
I bought the yellow trim from JoAnnes at 50% off too!
Because I absolutely do not sew, I had them “professionally” sewn together by a seamstress, but you can always check out how to make curtains from many online websites.
Oh and just so you will know, my professional curtain maker was impressed with the quality, she said these IKEA curtains were very good quality! She even said she would recommend them to her customers.
*I chose to add the custom fabric to the top of the curtain panel, but you can always add it to the bottom.
How did I know the correct amount of custom fabric to add to each curtain panel?
Easy, Heather told me the “rule”. The custom fabric will total 1/3 of the total length of the curtain.
I wanted these curtains to total 108 inches in length, so 1/3 of 108 is 36 inches.
I think each panel needed 1 yard of fabric.
These curtains are not lined, however I have sheers clipped behind them and used curtain clips to hang on a rod. Easy peasy!
It works for me, maybe it will work for you!
Everyone who has seen them, loves them. In fact, a trip to IKEA is in the works. Have you ever added custom fabric to pre-made curtains?
What are your favorite cheap curatin ideas?
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