If any of you all have shopped for curtains then you quickly realize how expensive they can be, especially if you need long lengths! Sewing your own window treatments is always an option, unfortunately, fabric can be quite pricey too. Finding affordable 96 inch or longer curtains is difficult but I’m excited to show you an alternative that looks amazing using tablecloths! DIY Tablecloth Curtains can give you a designer look but for so much less and they are so easy to make and install with no sewing required!
I have been making many of my own window treatments for years and these are some of the easiest ever! The curtains I originally wanted for my son’s bedroom were from Pottery Barn, but the price was way out of my budget, even on sale. They were asking $139 per panel for a 96″ length and $159 for the 108″ length.
But then I saw these tablecloths at Target! I purchased them on sale for $16 each. $16 is much more affordable than $139, don’t you agree?
The fabric was almost an exact match to the Pottery Barn curtains. They came in several lengths as do most tablecloths and I chose the 104″ length. That length will work in rooms that have up to 9 foot ceilings! If you notice, the width of the tablecloth is 60″ wide too, which is 10 inches wider than most curtain panels. So this meant that these DIY Tablecloth Curtains would be nice and full looking.
(PS- Don’t ask me why the package is labeled as oblong, they are most definitely rectangular.)
Ok, let’s make some DIY Tablecloth Curtains! There is a full video tutorial included below.
DIY Tablecloth Curtains
You will need the following items (affiliate sources provided for your shopping convenience)
- 2 rectangular tablecloths (104″ x 60″ length for 8-9 foot high ceilings)
- curtain rod
- curtain rod finials
- curtain rod rings with clips
- measuring tape
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CLICK PLAY TO WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL
Step 1: Install the curtain rod as directed by the manufacturer. Many people make the common mistake of installing curtain rods directly above the window frame. Here is a design tip for you: install curtain rods 2-3″ below the ceiling or below the crown molding instead. This placement draws the eye upward and makes the room and windows look taller and grander. And make sure that the length of the curtain rod extends at least 4-6+inches past the window frame on each side. This helps prevent the curtains from obstructing the view and natural light while in an open position.
Step 2: Measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor and record it down. This is the length you want the curtains to hang.
Step 3: Iron the tablecloth and lay it print side down on a bed or floor. Measure the recorded length along the tablecloth and fold over any extra fabric not needed.
Step 4: Clip the curtain rod rings along the fold, evenly spaced out.
Step 5: Hang the curtains on the rod (with the extra folded fabric hidden behind), attach finials and enjoy your beautiful DIY Tablecloth Curtains!
You can find links to all the products seen in this room including paint colors HERE.
If you are wondering where to find quality tablecloths then HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJMaxx and Target will be your best bet.
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