Not only did we want some curtains for aesthetic reasons, we were also getting woken up super early every morning by the beaming sunlight that pours into the room. As you can see, there are two windows. Since the one on the right hand side in the photo above is up next to the closet and sits right above the nightside table, there wasn’t enough room to add curtains there. The other window however, had plenty of room! Since blocking the sun out in the morning had become a fairly high priority, we wanted some dark curtains. Although I thought I might attempt to make them myself with my new handy-dandy sewing machine, I’m afraid when I saw the well-priced duds at IKEA, I couldn’t resist. Hello dark gray beauties!
The great thing about these IKEA curtains is that you can hem them yourself with their user-friendly iron-on hemming strips.
Step 1: Hang your curtains and measure how much has to come off the bottom.
Step 2: Lay your curtain out flat and measure amount determined in step 1.
Step 3: Fold bottom of curtain (iron to get a really good fold) and place hemming strip underneath the fold.
Step 4: Iron slowly and carefully with hemming strip in place to ensure it bonds securely.
Step 5: Cut off the excess fabric.
Step 6: Hang and admire your new curtains!
We added some very simple (and cheap!) white blinds to both windows for some extra sun-blockage. It is amazing how much difference curtains can make to a room. I look forward to tackling more windows in our house (possibly with my sewing machine next time…!).