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Tips for Making Your Own Window Treatments

By on January 13, 2017
Tips for Making Your Own Window Treatments

Nothing can transform a room better than a nice set of window treatments. But many homeowners are horrified when they start to shop around and they find out how much custom window treatments cost. If you want to boost the aesthetics of your home décor without breaking the bank, consider making your own window treatments!

What’s the Use of Window Treatments?

When you first learn the cost of custom window treatments, you may find yourself asking why they are even necessary. You could certainly forgo this traditional aspect of your home décor, but before you ditch them think about the benefits they offer. When someone walks into your home for the first time, one of the very first things they are going to notice is the windows.

Window treatments will frame your windows, helping to display them to the best advantage and controlling the flow of light and the degree of privacy they offer. Adding some window treatments is an easy way to update a room without an expensive remodel and they can be used to add a pop of color if you want to go bold but not too bold.

Making Homemade Window Treatments

You don’t have to be a master seamstress to make your own window treatments – you don’t even have to own a sewing machine (though it certainly couldn’t hurt). If you want to try your hand at some DIY window treatments, consider one of these options:

  • Repurposed bed linens. Take a shopping trip to your linen closet and drag out those bed sheets you haven’t used in ages. With some basic sewing skills and a good iron you can create some DIY curtains to drape over a nice curtain rod.
  • Painted linen curtains. If sewing isn’t your forte, you can purchase some simple white linen curtains and give them a paint job. Pick out some fabric paint that will blend well with your current décor scheme, or go bold with something new. Paint a simple horizontal line across the bottom of the curtains or get creative with a custom pattern.
  • Spruce up a plain valance. If you head to your local home improvement store you can probably find a DIY valance kit. Then, all you need is some stencils and a can of paint to create a custom look. Go bold with a repeating pattern or monogram your family initials in the center.
  • Creative curtain tiebacks. You don’t necessarily have to replace your curtains to give them a new look. All you may need is a new tieback. Go vintage with a beautiful old doorknob or get creative with a leather belt, a colorful necktie, or a metal chain. The options are endless!
  • Refinished roman shades. Roman shades can be expensive, especially if your window is an unusual size. Rather than throwing them out and buying new, consider adding some new fabric to your existing roman shades for a cost-effective upgrade. You’ll need some sewing skills and a little ingenuity but the finished product will be amazing.

If you love the idea of upgrading your home décor with some custom window treatments, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune. By using some of the DIY tips offered here you can transform your windows without draining your bank account.

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One Comment

  1. Tonya

    2/3/2017 at 2:27 pm

    To get that extra length that is popular now, my favorite trick is to use tablecloths. They come in standard lengths and widths that can be adapted to many different sizes. Sew on backing if needed or use curtain clips for no sew treatment.

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