Today, I’m talking about DIY window treatment ideas, and I’ve got an extended list of fantastic, easy-to-follow ideas to spruce up your home decor without breaking the bank. Let’s add some privacy, creativity, and style to your windows!
I’m a huge fan of window coverings. Luscious linen drapes, a chic Roman shade, or practical room darkening shade… I love them all. But how do you incorporate window treatments on a budget?
Custom drapery is expensive, so making your own window treatments or customizing inexpensive options are wonderful ways to save money while creating a beautiful home. And you don’t need to know how to sew! I’ve purchased cheap IKEA drapes and hemmed them with a no-sew method to suit my living space perfectly. But if you want to sew? Let’s do it!
Making curtains and shades is actually a great beginner’s sewing project requiring only straight seams and simple sewing techniques.
1. DIY Roman Shade for a Tailored Look
First up, let’s talk about creating a DIY Roman shade. Shades or blinds are a good window treatment solution if you can’t hang long drapes. This project is not only budget-friendly but adds a touch of sophistication to any room. All you need is some fabric of your choice, some dowels, some simple hardware, and a few other supplies. I’ll guide you through the simple steps to achieve that perfectly tailored look that’ll have your guests asking, “Where did you get those amazing shades?” Get my full step-by-step Roman Shade tutorial here!
2. No-Sew IKEA Drapes with Hem Tape
Hemming your drapes doesn’t have to involve a sewing machine or even sewing by hand. For a quick and hassle-free solution, I like using hem tape to tailor an inexpensive IKEA curtain panel. It’s as simple as cutting the ends, a fold, and an application of the tape with a regular household iron. This no-sew technique is perfect for busy people looking to ensure their curtains are the perfect length for their home. What’s that length? I love when a curtain just kisses the floor, and when its curtain rod is mounted only a few inches from the ceiling. Floor to ceiling curtains will instantly make your home look luxe! I have them in my living room, dining room and breakfast nook and I love how they look. Get my no-sew curtain hemming tutorial (with all my curtain hanging tips) right here.
3. DIY Cafe Curtains for Small Spaces
Got a tiny laundry room, bathroom, or a petite kitchen sink window? No worries! I’ll show you how to sew your very own DIY cafe curtains to add charm and functionality to these smaller windows. You can even make these a no-sew project by using cute tea towels or cloth napkins! It’s a simple yet effective way to enhance the coziness and style of those spaces where longer drapes just won’t work. Cafe Curtains are also a wonderful window treatment for those spaces where you still want a lot of natural light to come in. Go to my easy DIY cafe curtain tutorial. I add some beautiful lace trim on the bottom of mine for a vintage touch in my laundry room.
4. Upgrade Black-Out Shades with a Custom Fabric Twist
Black-out roller shades are fantastic for a good night’s sleep, but let’s face it – they can be a bit bland. How about adding a splash of personality by upgrading them with some fabric and fabric glue? There’s no needle or thread required to make this easy DIY project! I’ll walk you through the steps to turn those functional but plain shades into a custom masterpiece that complements your decor. Click here to learn how to make black-out shades look high-end with fabric and fabric glue!
5. Sewing Pinch-Pleat Curtains with Pleater Tape
If you’re ready to take your DIY window treatment game up a notch, try sewing pinch-pleat drapes using pleater tape. Don’t worry if you’re not a sewing expert – I’ll break down the process into easy-to-follow steps. By the end of this project, you’ll have stunning, professionally pleated drapes that’ll elevate the ambiance of any room. I LOVE my DIY drapes in my kitchen! They add such an incredible pop of style, and they add warmth to this little breakfast nook. Get my pinch pleat curtain sewing instructions right here.
6. Sewing Drapes with Hidden Tabs for a Classy Look
For those craving a touch of class, sewing drapes with hidden tabs is another beautiful option. This elegant technique not only provides a polished appearance but also offers a sleek and streamlined finish. This is another relatively easy curtain sewing project, and I’ll guide you through every stitch! Click here for my hidden tab drapes tutorial.
7. Adding Unique Trim to Inexpensive Drapes for Kids’ Rooms
Let’s not forget the little ones! In this project, I’ll teach you how to add unique trim to inexpensive drapes, instantly transforming a kids’ room into a whimsical wonderland. It’s all about the adorable details that make a space uniquely theirs, and I’ve got just the tips to make it happen. Get my easy tutorial for how to add trim to drapes right here.
If you want to make a decorative Roman Shade but don’t need it to function, I made one using a tension rod and a tablecloth for my kitchen window! You can see exactly how I made it here in my YouTube video. I hemmed the tablecloth to fit inside my window frame, created a casing on top, and then used a tension rod to hang it. I love how it looks!
Remember, beautifying your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With these easy DIY window treatment ideas, you can transform your space and have tons of creative fun while you’re doing it. So, gather your supplies and get started on making your windows look incredible. Happy DIYing!