Stylish Window Treatments On a Budget

Stylish Window Treatments On a Budget

Stylish Window Treatements on a Budget
Stylish Window Treatements on a Budget
Window Treatments don’t need to cost a lot — even eye-catching ones that bring rave reviews!  For this living room we purchased a striped, semi-sheer fabric.  We had simple hems sewn at top and bottom of lengths sufficient to puddle on the floor.  Widths were sewn together to create panels that were 3-times larger than the opening. Then we simply gathered fabric together at the top and looped it over a drapery ring.  We tightly wrapped cording around the looped, gathered fabric for about 3 inches. 

Detail of Wrapping Style
Detail of Wrapping Style

This created soft, deep folds at the top and a modified herringbone look in the stripe.  The drapes slides easily along the metal drapery rod.  The look is dramatic and unusual — and a fraction of the cost of custom, tailored drapery. 

Napkins Used as Colorful Curtains
Napkins Used as Colorful Curtains

In this powder room (right), cloth napkins create just the right touch of privacy and color.  We used a tension rod — so no holes in the woodwork — and created a loop in the napkin with a simple thread tack — no sewing machine needed!  It takes 5 minutes to change the look — to match the season or to bring a bit holiday cheer to the bath.  If you want to take a little more time, sew button holes and use novelty or special buttons to complement the look.

Another Use of Napkins
Another Use of Napkins

In another bath (left), we used a similar treatment.  A knot was tied at on corner on white, linen napkins.  We installed white hooks on the top of the lower sash of double hung windows.  Then the knot was simply placed over the hook.  A silver tassel was hung on the middle napkin.  

Fabric Panels & Cafe Curtains
Fabric Panels & Cafe Curtains

In this sunroom, we created simple but attractive cafe curtains using cut-lace panels found at a flee market.  The long panels were cut to length and new casings sewn at the top for tension rods (again no holes drilled in the woodwork).  A covered napkin ring in maze (not visible behind the love seat) gently holds the curtain together to create a lighter look.  Long, non-functional cloth panels at the sides soften the original brick of the original porch.  The combination of the panels and airy cafe curtains creates a casual elegance in this sunroom while providing the right balance of privacy and openness.

Gathered Fabric Curtains
Gathered Fabric Curtains

In this bath, we used the same technique as in the living room, above. Lengths of a very inexpensive cotton fabric were gathered together and looped over a large wrought iron S-Hook.  Black cording was used to wrap the fabric.  We frayed the edges to heighten the airy look of the curtains.  

All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build


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