No-Sew Heavy-Duty Curtains

| 12/23/2019 10:06:00 AM

drop cloth curtains
My daughter-in-law's drop cloth curtains.

Did you know painters’ drop cloths can be used to make super-simple but classy curtains? This inexpensive DIY decorating hack looks anything than cheap. My savvy daughter-in-law hung drop cloth curtains on her screened porch and they look fabulous. Here’s the skinny.

What you Need

Canvas drop cloths; curtain rings with detachable clips; hardware and curtain rods of your choice, either wood or metal; drill and screwdriver for attaching rods.

Measuring for Curtains

Generally, curtains should be at least two times the width of your window for a full, drapey effect. If making two panels per window, each panel should be as wide as the window. Rods typically extend about four inches beyond each edge of the window frame.

There are several factors to determining drapery length Drapes can hover just above the floor or puddle—a great solution for uneven floors. For puddling, add about three inches to your measurements. Determine rod placement—the closer they are to the ceiling, the taller your windows will appear.

If your drop cloth is too long for your needs, you have two options to avoid cutting and sewing. You can puddle curtains on the floor and/or fold the drop cloth over at the top. If you want the look of a valance, turn the extra material toward the room. Otherwise, fold extra fabric behind the curtain.

2/10/2020 5:24:20 PM

What a terrific idea. I was at a friends house once, and she'd bought pretty shower curtains to dress up a corner of her porch, and keep the sun off in the afternoon. This is a better idea, since the weight of the drop cloths will keep them from blowing. I have often used EMT pipe for closet rods and curtain rods since it is sturdy, cheap, and I cut it with a sawzall after putting it in a vice on the work table. Thanks for the idea!

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