Window treatments are one of my favorite subjects to talk about when it comes to home decorating. If you know me, you know I change my mind: A LOT when it comes to fabric and curtains. Therefore, to maintain my luxe for less motto I’ve learned how to customize store bought curtains.
Years ago I made (from scratch) the window treatments in our house. Stores were limited in the drapery department, and I’m sure I would have been clueless on how to customize store bought curtains. Fringe was BIG and am guessing I would have used A LOT…in a bad way
Thankfully, times have changed! Woot woot! Stores now offer a variety of drapery lengths. Super important when learning how to customize store bought draperies. Evidently, 84″ long is still the industry standard. I find this annoying. It’s much easier to hem a 96″ drapes versus adding inches on a short curtain. Right? Here’s the perfect illustration of why taller is better when it comes to curtains. The windows automatically appear larger when they are the same size.
Buying a basic panel is a smart choice when you want to customize a store-bought curtain. Many stores offer some cool options for solid color window treatments. There are amazing curtains with prints as well, but today am just focusing on customizing solid color curtains.
If you desire a slight sheen to a window treatment, you may want to check out what Target has to offer. Their prices are more than reasonable.
What I like about the above curtain from Target are the back tabs. This look is a bit more simple and gives a cleaner appearance, in my opinion. One aspect I totally love about back tabs and grommets is not having to buy drapery rings!!!
Here is another little treat from our friends at Target:
This blue curtain gives a hint of texture without sheen. You can see from the picture there is a slight bit of light filtering into the room. Store bought curtains provide an excellent base for customization. If blocking out light is required, just add a liner.
West Elm has an enormous selection of curtains. Also, there is a large variety of materials, colors and drapery tops available. Options like these open the door wide open when customizing store-bought curtains.
We can’t overlook IKEA when it comes to customizing curtains. Just do a random search and you’ll be astounded at the number of IKEA hacks for curtains alone. This drapery is the Aina. Here’s what makes this baby the best deal around. First of all: it’s linen. Secondly, it comes in a pack of two for…get this…$59.99!!!! GET OUT!!!! It’s crazy amazing pricing! Price out a single linen panel…I’ll wait. Now, do you see why this sucker is all over bloggy land? Plus, it comes in 3 color waves: all extremely neutral. As a side note, it comes with my favorite: back tabs.
Now, onto customizing your store bought curtains. Think: trim. Here is where your imagination can let loose. If you happen to have only the shorter draperies and want to add some length to them here is one of the best-executed ways to do that.
It’s simple, beautiful, timeless yet currently relevant. It’s not a window treat that I’d tire of looking at after a few months.
Another possible idea, if working with a grommeted curtain is to add a strip of fabric near the top to extend the length and provide visual interest.
If sewing doesn’t interest you, keep it simple and just add some trim to the perimeter of the curtain. For that process, you can use spray adhesive or use an iron on adhesive like Stitch Witchery.
Look around for ribbon you love and add it to the side of the drapery. Adding ribbon on the sides is one of my favorite looks. I think it is super classic and timeless.
You can take the ribbon to the edge or give it a more professional appearance and leave a 1.25″ inset from the edge of the curtain to the beginning of the ribbon. Personally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE jacquard trim with a simple Greek key pattern or grosgrain for a solid look. This ribbon from M&J Trimming.
It will look something like the picture below. As a side note and to encourage simple DIY projects, the drapery below is from Horchow and costs around $500 per panel! I will also note that the $500 panel is likely impeccable, made from fabulous fabric and has all the proper interfacing. So yes, it actually could be worth it to some people.
Just add the ribbon trim to the top, sides, bottom or all to achieve the desired look. The waste is minimal when doing this project.
Another option is to add a strip of fabric. Ideally, this is done either down the side or at the top/bottom but not typically all three sides. With that said, if the fabrics work well together and that is the look you prefer by all means, go for it. It’s your house, your imagination, so you are in charge!
Truly, the right window treatment can make or break the feel of a room. For me, curtains provide the cozy feeling of home. Of course, they are also useful for filtering light, absorbing sound and providing privacy.
Sometimes taking a store bought curtain and transforming it into a customized drape is precisely what a room needs to appear completed. As an additional bonus, it is a project that can be done relatively inexpensive but provides a significant impact on the space.
If you’ve ever tried to customize store bought curtains, I’d love to hear about it!