DIY Curtains

Let the sunshine in, or maybe not. Just how much sunlight you let into your house is up to you when you make your own curtains.

Install Your Hardware
You might think that measuring would be your first step, but how you measure depends on the hardware you have installed. As for choosing your hardware, well that depends on a number of factors, including your budget and whether or not you want a formal or casual look. Rods and clip rings are among your options.

Made to Measure
You have heard the expression measure twice, cut once? To make sure you get it right, you may want to measure even more than that. The basic measurements will be how long and how wide you want your curtains to be.

Fabric Choice
There are a few things to consider when it comes to your fabric selection. How much light do you want pouring into your home? Thick fabric or sheer? Also consider the drape of your curtain fabric. You want the fabric to gracefully flow.

How to Add it All Up
The final measurements will depend on your design. If you want floor to ceiling curtains, measure and add to your dimensions accordingly. You may want your curtains to flow onto the floor into a “puddle” or “pool.” Add those numbers to your basic measurements.
In addition, add 3 inches on the bottom for the hem. add an inch and a half for both edges of your curtains. As for how much to add to the top, that depends on the hardware in place. If it is a rod, measure the width of the rod and add 1/2 an inch so you have enough to fold over for a rod sleeve. If you are going with clips or rings, then make the top hem 1 and a half inches.
If you want a lot of fullness, triple the width of the basic measurement, and if you want a medium amount of drape, double it. If you want nominal drape, multiply by 1.5. Keep in mind, the fuller the drapes, the more plush curtains will be.