I recently undertook a "room of doom" challenge on Instagram. It involved tackling that room (we all have one) that is out of control. I decided to tackle my "office." At least that's what we'd always intended it to be, an office/guest room. It has ended up being a storage shed for our camper equipment, an extra closet, a craft room, a recycling bin, and many other things, but it has not been an office or a guest room. I've long said that the trick to getting stuff done around the house is to throw a party or invite a guest. We have a guest coming in February, so the need for an actual guest room become unavoidable. As part of the makeover I swapped out the curtains. I am trying to do this makeover for as little money as possible. Drop cloth curtains are all over the decor community, so these are not new, but if you don't know how to do them..here ya go! They are super easy, super cheap, and very versatile. Here's what you need....
You need three things:
Drop Cloth (duh!) I got mine at Lowe's but you can also order off Amazon if you don't want to leave your house (no judgement- who does?). It's also less on Amazon than what I paid in store.
Ring Clips: I think you can probably get these at Amazon or maybe at a hardware store, but honestly the price on Amazon was hard to beat. I paid $13.99 for a pack of 36. I only have one window in my office so I have plenty leftover for use somewhere else.
Curtain Rod: I used the one I already had up. Eventually I'm going to spray paint it when the weather is warm enough to go outside. You don't need any special type of rod for this project.
Ok, this could not be more simple. Lay out your drop cloth. I bought a 9 X6, buy based on how long you want the curtains and how wide you want the panels. For example, I wanted two panels 36 inches wide, however I could have made 4 panels at 18 inches wide, it's all up to you. I also wanted it 9 feet in length because I folded over the top (I'm getting ahead of myself).
Sorry, back to the how-to. Iron your drop cloth (I didn't but I'm lazy, if you're not it's a good thing to do). Next, lay out your drop cloth so that there is a seam running across the top and the bottom. Cut evenly up the cloth for two panels, and then repeat if you want four.
Once you have your two pieces, you're ready to hang the panel (told you that was easy). The amazing thing about drop cloths is that they already have finished seams so you don't have to sew! Hold your panel so that there is a finished seem on the top and bottom. Fold over the top about 12 inches or so (to your taste). You will have a finished seam at the bottom of the piece that is hung over.
Take your ring clips and evenly clip them across the folded piece of the panel. Repeat the same step for the other panel.
Slide the rings on to your curtain rod, and you my friend are done! Pour yourself a glass of wine because you just saved tons of money and time!
Each panel cost me $5.50 plus the rings (I used 10 for each panel at 38 cents each that's a total of 3.89 per panel). So all in all less than $10 a panel for curtains and hanging apparatus. This is a great way to cover a lot of windows for little money.
We have an RV in the summer with an add on porch. I plan on making these for the porch because I will be able to cover a large number of windows (plus you can pull them shut if you want more privacy).
That's it! Let me know if you make these. I think you could also use this idea with other fabrics, think table cloths, sheets, there are a lot of options with this method!