September 1, 2011

Ikea curtain upgrade

I’m still diligently working on my son’s big-boy bedroom, although I am proud to say that now that his room darkening shades are installed, he has been sleeping in his new room in his new bed for over a week now.  He was ready.

The next project up my sleeve was curtains.  I found a great set of fairly inexpensive linen curtains at Ikea and loved that they were 1) linen and 2) cheap.  But I didn’t love the tab tops for the curtain rod.  I wanted something a bit more modern looking and the tab tops were H-U-G-E…as in, you could fit a bazooka through the space they allotted for the curtain rod, making the curtain hang down an odd length from the rod.

Fortunately, Ikea curtains come in a ridiculously long length with the purpose of allowing you to hem them to your exact specifications.  This allowed me some wiggle room to cut off the tops of the curtains and start over with these babies:

Yup…Grommets!  Even better…they’re grommets that you DON’T need a special machine to install! (I got my grommet kits from Joanne’s)

As you can see in the picture below, first I hemmed the top of the curtain panel leaving a 4″ gusset at the top.  Then came the hard part.  The math.  I had to figure out how to space all of the grommets along my curtain AND leave enough room for a hem on either side.   The good news is once I figured THAT out, I was able to mark my tape measure with the proper placement and then use that as a template for the other three curtain panels.

Below shows the curtain in different stages of being grommeted.

Step 1 – make a mark 1/2 way down the gusset…since the gusset is 4″, that meant 2″ down from the top…ok…so maybe math isn’t that hard:

Step 2 – use the included template to draw a circle around the mark:

Step 3 – Cut out the circle:

Step 4 – place the rimmed edge of the grommet on the ‘right’ side of the fabric and snap the footed side of the grommet into place:

Step 5 – repeat many, many times until done grommeting and hang your lovely curtains:

See….MUCH better. Except…can you see my big goof?  Yeah…so since my curtain panel isn’t that wide, I thought it was silly to use all 8 grommets that come in the pack.  I carefully spaced out the holes to accommodate 7 grommets.  Rut Roh…in doing that, I have now created a situation where no matter how I install the curtains, there is always one side that isn’t turned back towards the wall.

Granted, the curtains below still need to be side hemmed…but something tells me I’m going to have to do this all over again.

So there you go…a super easy way to go from inexpensive looking to modern looking curtains…easy that is if you follow directions and use an even number of grommets.  I guess math IS hard.


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2 Responses to “Ikea curtain upgrade”

  1. Decor Arts Now Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Nice try? Are you the blogger who did the fab painted dresser? I link to your post tomorrow in my blog. Hope you will check it out!

  2. Miriam Says:
    September 1st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Yup, that’s me! Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to your post :) –Miriam