Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Design Secrets: The best place to buy curtains

Okay. The last design tip got a great response, so I am excited to keep it going!
It is time for the next one...are you ready???

The best place to buy curtains is Ikea. Hands down. Are you shocked? Here are my reasons:

1. Length! Curtain panels should hang ceiling to floor. So 84" length that most package curtains come in will NOT work.
2. Materials. The Ikea curtains come in linen, canvas, cotton, and even velour. They feel nice to the touch and hang nicely too.
3. Price. The curtains are so affordable so you can make a big impact! Maybe a whole wall of curtains behind your bed. You can also double on panels to make them look fuller and more expensive.
4. Tops. This one may be favorite! Most of the the Ikea curtains have hidden tabs along the the back to hang the curtain with. You can add rings or run the rod through a pocket if you want oo. The hidden tabs just look the best! You can't see the curtain hardware and it eliminates the bunchy look that the rod pocket can create.

Have I sold you yet? Here is a peak at some of my favorites:

Check out my board for pricing and sources.


Another great thing about the Ikea curtains is that they are easily customized. Check out these examples.

Here are some plain white panels that have been dressed up with tassels. Easy and so chic!

DIY  Curtains with tassels+office window nook +bench bookshelf
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I also love a great color block drape. I have been wanting to try to create the below look for awhile. You would use the linen panels in gray and beige to create the custom color block panels. You would have to buy two sets, but it would still be really affordable. You could actually do it in two different rooms too with extra fabric. If you know a decent seamstress, wide stripes of linen in the same concept would look great too. The linen also comes in pink and cream. Darling in a girls room!

96"L x 69"W Color Block Drapery Panel - Pick Your Colors - Custom Draperies
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If you don't live near an Ikea, I first off offer my condolences. It is just a fun place full of affordable eye candy. But, there is hope! Most of the curtains can be purchased online.


Go forth and hang some curtains!
Jennifer

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