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?               

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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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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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