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DIY How to use Simple ideas for Curtains and Drapes

By Edited Apr 28, 2015 2 3

organza drape

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Like everything, deciding on how to cover our windows to protect them from the heat in the summer and keep the house warmer in winter is not cheap.There is a variety of ways to do this.You need to go window-shopping and find out what is the best solution for each of your rooms.What suits one home may not work for yours?

Blinds, there are many types – Wooden, or Aluminum, Verticals and many others.These also come in a variety of colors.The verticals suit me best because I find that the dust does not lodge on them like the horizontal ones.That's because I hate cleaning them.

Normal pull down blinds

 

Why not buy a cheap plain blind, then use nice template and put a pattern across the bottom to take the plainness away from it.Choose a color that will work with any color curtains, in case you decide to change them.

Curtains and drapes

 

Stylish curtain
These are not cheap, even buying the material can still turn out expensive, if you are not good at measuring and sewing.

Here are a few ways of covering the windows that will not cost the earth, at least until you can afford something better.

1. Sheets can be an ideal way of covering your windows.For small windows use a pair of single sheets.When you buy any sheets, the hem at the top is usually wider than at the bottom.Simply thread the rod (or if only small hem) Use the covered spring wire through and hang your curtains.

Use Double for wider windows or if you want a fuller curtain.It is natural that the Queen and King Size sheets will work equally well on bigger windows.

2. Buy Seconhand. If you are really battling then go to the Salvos or any Op Shop and watch out for good sheets.If you would like to dress this up a bit, you could add a flounce across the top.

I bought 3 meters of see through plain colored material (this can be organza or any colored) material. You will not want something that clashes with your curtain material though. My window had a bracket going across the top with the hooks on it.Instead of using the hooks, I left a piece of material hanging down one side then looped the material over and over right across the top then let the other end hang down the other side.

From time to time I change this by draping the ends to hang the same gather the centre up to the middle and pin it in place.It gives it a whole new look.

You could also buy wide colored ribbons, and tie the curtains back during the day.

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Cafe Curtains

These look great at any window, especially in the winter lace ones let the warm sunshine inside.When it starts to heat up why not make a straight piece of white cotton the same size as the curtains (just below the cutout part) hem the four sides then attach it to the curtains with press studs.This will cut out the glaring sun.

Whatever you decide to do, use your imagination and be creative.

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Comments

Nov 14, 2009 1:01pm
ethelsmith
Yes we have verticals as they are more serviceable. I have some drapes as well though.
Mar 25, 2012 2:32pm
Lynsuz
Great DIY tips on curtains and drapes. I just cleared a linen closet and found new sheets I'd not used. Going to use your idea and make new cafe curtains for my kitchen. Thanks
Mar 25, 2012 11:29pm
eileen
Thanks Lynsuz, yes we all need to do a cleanout from time to time. The best way is to shift houses then you find so much. I have just had a good check and selling extras that we never use and it just takes up space too.
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