DIY Window Treatments
DIY window treatments have a tremendous affect on your home’s decor. It’s a good idea to give as much attention to curtains and draperies as you do to your artwork and furnishings. DIY window treatments can save you tons of money and also be a lot of fun as you allow your creative juices to flow.
The total environment and energy of your home is reflected in the style and colors of window treatments you choose. You could simply choose to go with a more laid back style such as table top curtains or something much more formal like pinch-pleated curtains.
If you look at window treatments as a percentage of your overall decorating budget, the total will even surpass the cost of furniture, especially if you elect not to go the diy window treatments route. Custom drapes are expensive but you can nearly cut the costs in half if you are sewing your own window treatments.
You don’t have to be a professional seamstress to get great looking curtains and drapes. Most curtain styles are made with very simple seams and hems. Also, don’t let the more intricate looking pleated draperies dissuade you from beginning your sewing journey as they are easy to make as well.
The first thing to do is decide what you would like the window treatments to do for the room you’re decorating. In essence what you want to do is allow the soft folds of fabric to gracefully cover the hard surfaces of the windows. Also, take into consideration how much light you wish to allow into the room as this will be crucial as you decide which types of diy window treatments you make.
When you know the intention of your drapes and curtains before you begin your project it keeps you from having to back track and saves many do overs. Do you need a lot of privacy in the room in question? Is it important for the window treatments to slide back and forth on the curtain rods? Are your treatments mostly for decoration or more for functionality? Is this a window you will open and close with some regularity? All of these are important decisions that you need to make before you begin to sew and select fabric.
What’s the difference in lined and unlined window treatments? Lining will give your curtains and draperies more of a full bodied look. Additionally, it adds protection from sun damage and its better at keeping the light from shining through. However, in many cases you will prefer sheer curtains and if so then you will go the unlined route.
One of the great things about diy window treatments is that you really get to tailor the curtains and drapes to your own personality style and mood. You get to make any room be what you want it to be whether that is trendy, casual, funky, traditional, or classic. You also add to the uniqueness of style by the fabrics and rods chosen for your project.
As a general rule of thumb shorter curtains are more casual and you’ll usually find them in the bedrooms, baths and kitchens. Floor length curtains are considered to be more formal and these will usually adorn the master bedroom, formal living and dining rooms. Make sure that the longer curtains do not drag on the floor as you want to avoid all any floor puddles.
The amount of fabric you’ll need for each diy window treatments project will depend on the size of the window which includes the length of the window and how far out to the edges of the window you wish to go. You’ll need basic sewing supplies such as fabric shears, tape measure, pins, carpenter’s square, fabric marking pens, sewing machine, iron and sewing machine attachments.
Take your time and have fun with your first do it yourself window treatment project. Imagine how proud you’ll feel when all your friends compliment you on how beautiful your new curtains and draperies are, you smile and tell them you made them yourself.