Now, on to curtains! Last month, we covered the essentials of DIY-ing your curtains with a bit of professional fervor. If you missed it, check it out the previous blog post! Let’s now talk about putting the final touches to dress those bare windows!
What you will need
Curtains and hardware mentioned in the previous post
Drill with drill bits
Iron and/or steamer
MEASURING, MARKING, DRILLING
By now, you should have measured where to hang your curtains since you needed those numbers to know what size and how many panels to purchase, but if you didn’t get a chance to make your marks, you should do so now. Measure with a level and mark with a pencil, remember, high and wide always looks more professional and gives your room a lot of va-va-voom. Next, hold your hardware against the wall and mark the holes where you will drill.
Your curtain rod instructions will tell you which size drill bit to use. Please note that you will need plastic wall anchors typically included with your curtain hardware if you do not have a stud in the wall where you are drilling. Hammer those into the drywall so you have something to place the screws in. If you have a stud in the wall, no need to use the anchors. Next. carefully drill the screw into the wall, using caution not to over drill.
Give your arms a rest, sip some coffee, you’re almost there!
If you are using curtain hooks or rings, place them on the rod before hanging the rod up. If using grommet curtains, slide them on the rod before hanging it in place.
Note: You can iron your curtains and then spot steam them once up, or just wait to steam them altogether once up, which will save you some precious time!
Once all the screws are tightened and secured, attach the finials to each end of the rod.
TRAIN YOUR CURTAINS TO HANG PROPERLY
You read that right, you actually need to train your curtains!
If you used hooks/rings, now you can hook your curtains in place. Steam or spot steam to erase any remaining wrinkles.
Gather each curtain panel and make pleats with your hands, making sure that the left and right edges of each panel is facing the window. Loosely tie a ribbon/string around the middle and towards the bottom of the panel. This part may take a few tries but it’s worth to take your time for optimal results.
You will need to leave the ribbons in place for at least a week for best results. Now is a good time to work on your patience. After a week, VOILA!
Anyone thinking of DIY-ing your curtains? Leave comments/questions below.