While often overlooked, curtains play an absolutely essential role in home decor, providing privacy, light control, and style to any room that needs it. That being said, buying ready-made curtains can be surprisingly expensive, especially if you have multiple windows to cover, as will be the case in most homes.
Fortunately, with a little creativity and some very basic DIY skills, you can make your own curtains – even on a tight budget. Taking the DIY approach allows you to customise the aesthetic of your space while also saving some money. With that in mind, let’s go through some fun DIY curtain ideas to get you inspired.
Repurpose old bedsheets or a tablecloth
One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to make DIY curtains is to simply repurpose some old bedsheets or tablecloths. While you can’t be too picky, look for sheets or tablecloths in a colour and pattern that you think could be fun.
If you don’t have any old sheets of tablecloths yourself, ask around your friends and family – you’ll be surprised how many people have things they’ll be super happy to get rid of. You can then easily turn those big pieces of fabric into curtains by hemming the edges, creating a rod pocket or using some simple clip rings to hang on a curtain rail.
Old drop cloths
Drop cloths, often used to protect floors during painting or other home renovation projects, can also be turned into stylish, highly affordable curtains. If you don’t have any old drop cloths yourself, either ask a local tradesperson if they have any, or buy a drop cloth from a hardware store and then use fabric paint or pens to add some kind of design to it.
Using this approach, you can create some beautifully laid-back custom curtains that are truly one of a kind. If you have some basic sewing skills, you can sew a pocket at the top to put a curtain rail through. Otherwise, you can simply use some clip rings.
Finally, if you feel up to the challenge and want to get truly creative with your curtain-making journey, then patchwork curtains can be an amazingly creative solution. To create your patchwork, collect old fabric scraps or repurpose clothing with interesting patterns or colours, and sew them together to create a patchwork panel.
You can create a unique piece of fabric, something that really tells a story and adds character to your space. What’s more, patchwork curtains are also a great way to upcycle fabric and reduce waste, all while operating on a surprisingly low budget.
These aren’t the only options available for DIY curtain enthusiasts – hopefully, they’ll feel your creative juices flowing, and you’ll be inspired to come up with something unique all by yourself. If you don’t feel up to the challenge, remember that you can always find some affordable window coverings from an online retailer like Woodyatt Curtains. That being said, there’s definitely a certain satisfaction to managing to come up with something all by yourself.
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