The IKEA Curtains That Every Designer Swears By

by Erica Young
RITVA curtains
Photo: @whitelanedecor

No matter how many trends come and go, there are a few classic home decor elements that never go out of style. Think of a simple round mirror, the Eames lounge chair, a quality Persian rug - designers come back to these pieces again and again.

Another essential decor item that every interior designer seems to have in their back pocket? White curtains. Versatile and classic, well-tailored white curtains can dress up literally any room; no matter the style. And here's the secret - we've noticed a lot of designers are getting their curtains at IKEA!           

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The IKEA Curtains That Every Designer Swears By

by Erica Young
RITVA curtains
Photo: @whitelanedecor

No matter how many trends come and go, there are a few classic home decor elements that never go out of style. Think of a simple round mirror, the Eames lounge chair, a quality Persian rug - designers come back to these pieces again and again.

Another essential decor item that every interior designer seems to have in their back pocket? White curtains. Versatile and classic, well-tailored white curtains can dress up literally any room; no matter the style. And here's the secret - we've noticed a lot of designers are getting their curtains at IKEA!           

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Curtain Lengths: How Long Should Your Curtains Be?

Curtain lengths: How long should my curtains be?
Photo: Lidy Dipert

Is there a "right" option for curtain lengths? That depends on who you ask, and often just asking the question can leave you more confused than you were before. The long and short of it is (no pun intended): it's up to you. But we're here to help as you answer the question, "How long should curtains be?" We'll be taking a critical look at curtain lengths, tall and small. What side are you on?               

Basic Curtain Lengths: To the Floor

Floor length curtains
Source: Little Green Notebook

Let's start with what's probably the most common of the curtain lengths: to the floor. This is the standard length for hanging curtains - either hitting the floor exactly or hovering a half inch off the ground. Sheer white curtains hung like the ones above (from Little Green Notebook) and the ones below (via A Cup of Jo) are both modern and classic. The curtain lengths make the ceilings seem taller and the room more polished, maybe even a bit formal.

Floor length curtains
Source: A Cup of Jo; Photography: Amy Moss

Cons to floor length? They may make your room look too formal for your liking. Dust will inevitably collect around the bottoms. Also, children may be more likely to grab them and use them as a climbing rope. If you're asking yourself, "Should curtains go to the floor?," and kids, pets, and dust aren't a concern, then floor length is probably your best bet.

 

Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains

Floor to ceiling curtains
Source: Lonny; Photography: Carol Viziri

You may have heard that hanging your curtains from the ceiling will make your living space appear taller. But how? Visually, your eye tends to follow lines. Whether it's the double yellow line on the highway, or the walkway to your front door, your eye is drawn towards (and up) pathways. By hanging your curtains from the highest point on the wall, your eye travels up the line, causing you to notice that there is height in the space you are standing in. 

Sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains
Source: AVharrison Publishing

If your living space has high ceilings already, compliment them with tall curtain lengths. Floor-to-ceiling curtains can also help to divide space, whether you're tucking away a window seat (like the floor-to-ceiling curtains via Lonny) or cutting a whole room in half. Heads up: The worst thing you can do when hanging curtains from the ceiling is to hang them too short. The heightening trick-of-the-eye doesn't work well if the curtain line abruptly cuts off before it hits the ground.

 

Short Curtains

Short curtains
Source:  Pinterest

Then there's the other end of the curtain lengths spectrum: short curtains. Visually speaking, high-water style is not the most appealing way to hang curtains. The shorter length can appear dated. Also, it can cut the visual height of your room in half. From a purely practical standpoint, however, short curtains are sometimes the best option. In the home, it seems like many parents choose shorter curtains for kids' rooms, probably to avoid the whole Tarzan situation, or just to limit sticky fingers from touching the window treatments. You may also be forced to hang short curtains by the presence of heat-producing radiators or heaters.

Sill-length curtains
Source: Style at Home; Photography: Christy Wright

If you hang short curtains, aim to hit a perpendicular mark on the wall. For instance, the curtain lengths should meet at the top of the baseboard, or the bottom of the windowsill.

 

Café Curtains

Cafe curtains in kitchen
Source: Heidi Piron

Café curtains are fairly common where there's a window sill over, say, a sink in a kitchen. Or, in their namesake, cafés, where you wouldn't want curtains dragging the floor of such a busy, public place.

Cafe curtains in bathroom
Source: Decor Pad

Café curtains are hung usually at the halfway point of a window, or on the bottom pane of a two-part window. They're great for when you need a bit of privacy (like in this bathroom pictured above), but don't necessarily want to block out all the natural light coming through the window. Because café curtains are short and cute, they can give a room a more casual vibe.

 

Breaking at the Floor

Puddling curtains
Source: Amber Interiors

We've discussed short curtains, and curtains that hit the floor perfectly. What curtain lengths are left? Long curtains. The more billowy a curtain becomes as it breaks at the floor, the more dramatic it will look. A simple "kiss" to the ground, like the curtains pictured above (via Amber Interiors), adds a touch of flair to this otherwise simple window treatment. This option is similar in style to floor length, but will require more care - dust bunnies like to live in the folds of the billowing curtains!

Puddled curtains
Source: Blinds.com

Last, there's the most extreme curtain length: puddled. This is a typical French look (think the Rococo period), and is most successful with high ceilings and, usually, expensive fabric. Typically silks are going to billow the best, being both lightweight and a natural fiber. 

Obviously, this look adds a lot of glam to even the simplest decor. But, you really need to have the right architecture to pull it off. 

So, how long should curtains be?

The answer is up to you, your style, and your needs. Hopefully this primer on curtain lengths will help you pick the best window trimmings for your home!


Curtain Lengths 101
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So, what are the best curtain lengths for your space? Are you Team Shortie? Puddler? Somewhere in between? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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How To: Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

by Jennifer Farley

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

If you already have functional privacy window treatments such as blinds or shades, but need to add in a little color or texture, this super simple budget-friendly DIY is the perfect fix. This solution requires no holes in the wall and no expensive window hardware. It's perfect for rental situations or can even be used to stage your home to sell.   

 

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

In our home we use a lined bamboo shade for privacy, but this little corner needed a something more. I don't need curtains that will open and close, so I came up with this super simple little trick. 

Here's what you need:

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment
source: Target, Lowes, Walmart, Walmart

Materials

  • Light weight pair of curtain panels. I bought mine at Target a year ago. Vivan curtains from Ikea are the perfect weight. Note: Curtains with rod pockets or back tabs are best.
  • 1/4-1/2 inch wooden dowel rod or light cafe rod. (You can even use an extended tension rod). This needs to be light weight. I spent $1 for mine at Lowes.
  • straight pins (optional)
  • Command Strip hooks that hold 5 lbs. or more.

Step

Measure your window distance and cut your dowel rod to size.

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Step

Install your Command Strip hooks. I used a tape measure and level to make sure they were the same height.

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Step

Lay your dowel rod down into the hooks. Remember you will not be able to open and shut your curtains.

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Step

Use straight pins to secure the panel. I used a curtain with back tabs. When I placed the rod with curtain on the command hooks only the last tab was not secure. I folded the top edge of the curtain around the end of the dowel rod (in the circle, you can see the end of the dowel rod where the fabric is wrapped around it). I simply used a pin to secure from natural fold to the folded edge of the curtain. I usually use straight pins without the rounded end so you cannot see them, and also pin from the back side. Just to make it clear for this post, I used the white-ended pin and pinned from the front side.

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

Super simple, right?

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment

This little technique provides some soft texture and even hides the functional window shade's hardware. It's a perfect way to add color to those walls the landlord won't let you paint, and without drilling holes and spending a fortune! It's also an easy way to make your home look more cozy when staging it for an open house or real estate showing.

Simple Renter Friendly Window Treatment
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 Want more renter friendly options? Check out this Curbly post.

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Mini Makeover: Window Treatments Really Do Transform an Entire Space

by Faith Provencher
Before and After: A Country Curtains Mini Makeover

Throughout the first year of living in our new house, the formal living room has gone through a number of transformations. And for a while, the windows went undressed... until now. So today I wanted to share the before and after images of our space to prove how much window treatments can affect the overall feel of a room. Click through to check out the after.   

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Roundup: 10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

by Faith Provencher

10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

It's often a struggle to find the right window treatments for your space, and they can be very pricey too. Sometimes making your own is your best bet. So here are ten of my favorite DIY window treatment projects that will work in virtually any kitchen, depending on how you customize them.   

 

10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

1. Personalize these cafe curtains by using a fabric that fits with your decor. Here is the sewing tutorial. [Photo: Woman's Day]

2. Window film is a fun solution, especially if your kitchen window faces the street. Buy it here. [Photo: Brume]

10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

3. These no-sew roman shades can be converted into double clipped shades as well. Check out the tutorial for both here. [Photo: In My Own Style]

4. These $7 burlap sack window shades could be customized by using different materials. Read more here. [Photo: Funky Junk Interiors]

5. This clever soul has painted a regular old roller shade, transforming it into a show stopper! The pattern possibilities are endless.... Here is the tutorial. [Photo: Sanity Fair]

10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

6. Here is another example of a roller shade transformed into something unique and gorgeous. [Photo: Do It Yo' Dang Self]

7. Balloon shades are a great option too. Find out how to make your own out of a fitted sheet here. [Photo: In My Own Style]

10 DIY Window Treatments That Work In Any Kitchen

8. These no-sew rolled window valances could work in most any kitchen as well, depending on the fabric and accents. Here's the tutorial. [Photo: The Painted Hive]

9. This beautiful window treatment was made using a roller shade... find out how here. [Photo: A Well Dressed Home]

10. Here is another great valance tutorial. [Photo: Mom4Real]

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Roundup: 10 Affordable & Awesome Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments

by Lexy Ward

10 diy window treatments

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And that can be the case when it comes to window treatments. If you can't find the perfect curtain, rod, or shade, make it! We've rounded up ten window treatments that you can create yourself!      

 

diy confetti drapes

Have a party in the bedroom with confetti drapes

no-sew roman shades

Use old blinds to make roman shades! No sewing required! 

tea towel window treatments

Use tea towels to cover up small windows in the kitchen! 

map as roman shade

Take an old map and turn it into a roman shade! 

wallpaper window shade

Cover your window shades with patterned wallpaper! 

fabric covered roller shades

It doesn't get easier than these fabric-covered roller shades

painted drop cloth curtains

Paint drop cloths from your local hardware store and hang them as curtains! 

tree branch curtain rod

Replace your curtain rod with a decorative tree branch! 

custom curtain rod from hardware store

Create a custom curtain rod to fit any window

painted window film

Want to get really creative? You can always paint your windows

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 2)

by Alicia Lacy

Living Room Curtain Makeover (before)

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Ok, so yesterday I showed you the unfavorable conditions of our previous living room curtains. When the folks folks at FabricDirect.com kindly offered to supply us with some new drapery fabric, we jumped at the chance (click here to see all the other FabricDirect projects we've done this fall).

After checking out samples (we looked at patterns, different textures, and several different materials) we decided on a white cotton duck. This is a medium-weight, sturdy cotton fabric often used for drapery, canvases, and even sneakers. Although we were tempted to go with a bolder pattern, we feared we'd miss the airy feel of our old curtains. But since we like to think of ourselves as living on the drapery-edge, we also feared that plain white might be a little ho-hum. So we made a plan...

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 1)

by Alicia Lacy

Our DIY curtains before

Several years ago when we first moved in our house, the "back room" (as it was not-so-fondly called) was the most problematic room in our house. It had shipboard linoleum floors, dark wooden walls that blended into equally dark and heavy built-in shelving, fluorescent-lit window valances (yep, you read that correctly), and the heaviest, most-allergy provoking drapes you have ever encountered. The day we removed the drapes and valance, the...

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DIY Curtain Rod for Under $10

by Craftmel

DIY Curtain Rod for Under $10

One of the major stumbling blocks for draperies is finding the right rod for the right price.  Especially when you are trying to find a rod that is ten feet long!  Here is a great DIY option for an otherwise budget-breaking project.  

Allison at House of Hepworths invested a lot in the perfect fabric for her dining room, and after scouring her hometown for an affordable curtain rod solution (and finding nothing she wanted for less than $150), she decided to make one herself. 

created at: 10/12/2011

Since her window was 113" long and her fabric heavy, she knew that PVC pipe would probably bow with the weight.  Her solution was metal electrical conduit, which came at the serendipitous price of $2 for ten feet.  Adding on paint and finials, her total came to less than $10 for the entire project! 

For her full instructions, visit House of Hepworths.

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Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ask Curbly: Ladders, Armoires, Curtains and More!

Still haven't checked out our Ask a Question forum? What are you waiting for?! It's the perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

Building a ladder bookcase (how?)

Jellico's wondering how to build a ladder book case, but doesn't know how to get started. Can you help her out?

Ladder book shelf question.

How do I know if I have an original Platner chair?

Lauramae has a wire chair she bought at a rummage sale that looks just like this: 

Platner chair? Help her find out for sure!

How does she tell if it's the real thing?

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Making Kodachrome Curtains

by DIY Maven

Making Kodachrome Curtains

Craftster Lufah is a fan of photography. Besides buying old cameras at thrift and antique stores, she buys slides too. One particular collection that she came across consisted of mostly Kodachrome slides from the 50's and 60's. 

With the help of a Dremel

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How to make just about any kind of window covering you can imagine

by DIY Maven

 

Image of a finished roller blind

MWT and I did a little kitchen remodeling over the holidays. The new sleek look demands new window coverings. I shopped around a bit yesterday but was summarily disappointed in my offerings. The windows' dimensions would do better with custom products, but, as we know, custom is expensive! So, I'm leaning toward DIYing my own, which means exploring the inter-tubes for inspiration. In doing so, I came across the most awesome-est site. It's called

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