Excited to share the next tip in the Farmhouse Hacks series, inexpensive no-sew drop cloth curtains!
If you missed the other three in the series, I’ll link those below for ya:
One easy way to add farmhouse flair to your home in an inexpensive way is by using drop cloths as curtains…who knew, right?! I love the neutral color, the natural vibe and the fact that they are only around $10 per curtain panel makes it a very cheap farmhouse-y touch! I also really like the inexpensive price tag for another reason: FOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR STICKY HANDS. 😳 Especially in our breakfast nook, their little grubby (but sweet 😉) kiddo hands leave behind stains sometimes, but I don’t stress. I can either easily rewash the curtains or, if the stain is too much, it only costs a few dollars to replace the panel all together! And…you don’t have to know how to sew…BOOM.
Here are a few tips if you’re thinking about adding drop cloth curtains to your space:
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–Choosing size: Before you buy your drop cloths, measure your window length, width and then be sure to add in extra inches for curtain drop and/or extra height for the top of the curtain (see how our curtains are mounted up a lot higher than the windows to add height to the room?) The drop cloths come in a variety of lengths and widths, so just be sure to grab some that are larger than your desired curtain measurement. That way, you’ll have extra length to cut and clip into the curtain rod rings, leaving the already hemmed edge to pool on the floor….voila! No sewing needed! (Before you cut into them though, read below…!!)
–Fabric density: The drop cloths from places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and of course Amazon usually come in a few different weight options, so, depending on your preference for light-blocking, you have options! Ours are a medium weight, and they are completely opaque at night to provide privacy. I’d recommend the medium weight personally, because they still allow light to filter through during the day to create a dreamy look.
–Center seam: Only wild card could be seams running down the length of the center of the drop cloth curtain panel, especially if you need extra long curtains. You can see in the photo below that we were able to find two with similar center seams, and I actually liked it! Added interest and texture, but it took us a few packages of drop cloths to find two matching panels. We were able to repackage and return the drop cloths that wouldn’t work, so no biggie. Just a heads up that if you run by the store to buy your panels, maybe grab a couple extra in your desired size just in case you get a panel with a center seam.
–Prepping the drop cloths: We washed our drop cloths, ran them through the drier and ironed them before cutting to length. Some people bleach their panels, but I don’t have experience with this. I loved the color after one wash, dry and iron!
–No-sew option: I went with a no-sew option by using curtain rod clip rings instead of cutting the drop cloths and then sewing a seam. Keep that in mind as you choose your length and size…you don’t HAVE to know how to sew to create this look! The clip rings come in lots of different diameters, so just double check your curtain rod diameter before ordering. I did a few different looks when cutting the drop cloths for the top seam to be folded over and then clipped. In the living room, I left only a little bit of drop cloth fabric at the top to be folded over, and then in the playroom, I left about 18 inches at the top and folded it forward then clipped it. Either look could work in pretty much any room!
Okay guys, I hope this little inexpensive farmhouse hack was helpful! Love me some cheap DIY hacks, and these drop cloth curtains are one of my favorite touches we’ve added to the house on a budget. Have you guys ever thought about trying the drop cloth look for curtain panels? Leave any questions in the comments, and I’ll try to hop on as I can to answer!
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