When I was redoing the playroom, I went back and forth on whether or not I needed curtains in there. The two windows in the room are large, original windows. One faces North and one faces West. The North facing window is surrounded by a line of trees and really doesn’t need any window treatment on it, while the West facing window gets some sun in the afternoon/evening.
I originally thought about something really simple like wood blinds or even a nice roller shade. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of really nice curtains that will probably get used and abused by my toddler. BUT, because the windows are not a standard size, I knew that nice blinds or roller shades would be pretty pricey. So I needed to come up with some cheap curtains that would diffuse some sunlight, but that don’t cost an arm and a leg in case they get destroyed or I change my mind and decide to go with something custom.
I found these curtains at Target a while back and immediately liked them. They were just what I wanted as far as the color, and they didn’t feel too grown up or too childish for our shared playroom/rec room. What I didn’t like about them was the length or the pocket top. I wanted them a little shorter, long enough to cover the entire window, but short enough that my child hopefully won’t be tempted to mess with. I also wanted a grommet top or to add clips to the top so that the curtains would slide open and closed easily over the curtain rod.
After much debate, I decided to pull the trigger and buy them, only to find out that Target no longer carries them….That’s what I get for thinking too much. But the good news is that they carry the exact same design only in the form of a shower curtain. My first thought was, ‘how ghetto would it be if I hung a shower curtain on my window?’. Then, I thought with a little modification, they might actually work.
A standard shower curtain is 72″ x 72″, so I ordered two curtains and planned on cutting them in half so that I would have two 36″ wide panels for each window. A standard curtain is 54″ wide, so these are significantly more narrow than a regular curtain would be, but my windows are less than 72″ wide, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I also ordered some brushed nickel shower curtain rings to match the curtain rods I had already bought.
I had to break out the iron and attempt to get out some of the major wrinkles out.
As you can see, I didn’t get them ALL out. Then I folded it in half lengthwise and cut them in half. After I cut them, I folded over the cut edge about 3/4″ to match the already hemmed edge on the other side. I just needed it wide enough fit my 5/8″ wide Stitch Witchery under. If you’ve never used Stitch Witchery, it’s the greatest invention ever, especially if your sewing skills are questionable like mine are. It is also super cheap, I got mine at Wal-Mart for around $2.
After I got the hem pinned and my Stitch Witchery under it, I ironed it flat.Such and easy and quick project. All I had to do after ironing, is add my shower rings and hang them up. I love how easy they are to slide open and closed. We generally leave them open most of the time, but they are nice to have on an especially sunny day.
I wouldn’t recommend going this route if you really want to block out a lot of sunlight. If this was a bedroom, I would definitely have put up something heavier. I still may add a blind or shade of some sort behind the curtains at some point. Or I could sew or Velcro on a light-blocking panel to the back of the curtains. For now though, these curtains do the trick and take the edge off the sunlight we get and add some privacy.