Laundry Room Curtains
Laundry room curtains can add color and finish to an otherwise utilitarian space.
Curtains can add a dose of cheer, color, sophistication or elegance to your laundry room. If you're lucky enough to have a window in your laundry room, pretty curtains can add style to what can otherwise be a utilitarian space. In a windowless room, you can still give your laundry room or space a color boost and a more finished look by putting cleaning supplies, garden tools and other household items behind a drape.
Coffee Sack Curtains
When Donna of Funky Junk Interiors needed a window topper in her kitchen, she turned to an inexpensive and unexpected material — burlap coffee sacks that she embellished with stenciled typography. She created treatments for three windows for a grand total of $3, including hardware.
Curtains That Hit the Nail on the Head
No one would ever believe that these curtains cost around $18, including hardware. Michael from Inspired by Charm found this cheery fabric on clearance and hung it using pieces of chain link hooked onto oversized nails.
Lindsay from Makely School for Girls customized her windows by creating a scalloped valance out of 99-cent bamboo placemats. She transformed them with spray paint, a hot glue gun and some black ribbon.
Simple + Chic
Window treatments don't have to be fussy. Karianne from Thistlewood Farms proves this by using a small piece of drop cloth trimmed with a bright pink grosgrain ribbon as a valance. Without pleats, ruffles or folds, this treatment is simple but chic.
Writing On the Windows
Roeshel from DIY Show Off made these no-sew custom drapes out of drop cloths embellished with handwritten script. Roeshel suggests making pencil lines first to keep the typography straight. Try writing a favorite poem or song lyrics to make it personal. At approximately $9 per panel, this is a big decorating bang for your buck.
All the Trimmings
Remnant fabric found at an upholstery shop is put to work as guest room drapes. They were lined with $5 of white twin bed sheets and trimmed with lengths of upholstery webbing cut in half length-wise and affixed with a glue gun. Mitering the corners of the trim polishes off the look.
No-Sew Drapes That "Hang" Beautifully
A canvas drop cloth, a coat hanger and some clothespins make this window treatment not only inexpensive but super easy to make. Donna from Funky Junk Interiors draped a drop cloth over a coat hanger and clipped it into place with clothespins. The hook of the coat hanger simply balances on the window trim for a fun, whimsical look.
Paper Garland Valance
If you're a little short on fabric, try making a paper garland to use as a window topper. Paula from Counting Your Blessings strung pages from vintage books onto ribbon, bunching them tightly to create a fluffy, unique and inexpensive valance.
Short + Sweet
Fussy, full-length drapes aren't ideal for bathroom spaces. Traci Hutcherson from Beneath My Heart proves that with a simple window treatment made out of a pillowcase. She tacked the pillowcase into place and added pleating for detail. Not only is it thrifty and quick, but it's well-suited in a humid space.
Hanging Mason Jars
Why should floral arrangements be limited to tabletops? Linda from It All Started With Paint created a simple, farmhouse-inspired window treatment with glass Mason jars and twine. She then filled the jars with seasonal fresh flowers.
Clever + Custom
After coming up empty in her search for inexpensive curtain hardware with a custom look, Karianne from Thistlewood Farms decided to make her own using a dowel rod, finials and brackets. She crafted these clever curtain rods for just $5 in materials from a hardware store.
While shopping at a local feed and farm supply store, Kendra from Creative Ambitions caught site of three rusty tractor steering wheels. While most people would pass them by, Kendra saw that the $3.00 wheels would make unique "curtain rods" for her porch. She mounted the wheels and then draped inexpensive muslin to complete the look.
Bring the Outdoors In
When Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl found some unused exterior shutters in the attic of her home, she decided to repurpose them as an interior window treatment. Since the shutters were originally made for the outside of the home, they were the perfect fit at the perfect price — free!
Foam Core Cornice
Rhoda from Southern Hospitality used inexpensive foam core to create cornices for her bathroom. Some remnant fabric and pretty trim make this budget-friendly design look higher end. Foam core is easy to cut with a craft knife, so the shape can be customized for any window.
Faux Roman Shades
Tension rods and leftover fabric are used by Beth from Home Stories A to Z to make these faux Roman shades for her living room. The fabric is held into each pleat by the tension rods, making a simple, no-sew window treatment.
Making Plain Pretty
Cheryl from New House to Home elevates inexpensive burlap fabric by folding it into deep box pleats and stapling it to a board to make an easy valance. A stenciled monogram adds even more detail.
Storage For Toys
Why allow unused space above a window to go to waste? Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl built storage/display space into the custom window treatments for her son's room. A wooden rod is hung from the shelf using rope, and the entire look is softened with grommet curtains found on clearance.
A Solution for Old Sheets
These ruffled ombre curtains—stitched together in an afternoon from rescued bed sheets—add a fun, feminine charm to a little girl's room. Try switching out the pink fabric for white to add texture to any space.
Fabric-Scrap Cafe Curtains
If you can tie a knot, you can make these curtains. We used white chiffon to brigthen this kitchen, but any fabric will work—try tulle for a girl's bedroom or burlap in a sunroom.
If you don't have the space or budget for cabinets in your laundry room, attaching curtains to the front of an upper shelf can be a good way to keep behind wraps anything that you don't want seen every time you walk into the room.
Choose curtains in a style and color that complement your laundry room's decor. For privacy, hang cafe curtains on a tension rod high enough to block the view but leaving room to let the sunlight in. If privacy isn't a concern, choose crisp muslin drapes in a favorite color and tie them back. A Roman shade is a good choice if you want to block excess sunlight from your laundry room at certain times of the day. Shades are available in a wide range of colors and prints that can give your room a pop of color.
For a touch of whimsy, use clothes pins to hang a row of neatly folded dish towels along a clothesline across a window, either with or without a shade or blinds. A row of socks in all of the colors of the rainbow also creates a playful look. Or sew an open hem on the edge of a feed sack and run a tension rod through it before hanging it across a window. Even a shower curtain can work in the laundry room, if it's a look that you love.
If your laundry area shares space in a room such as a kitchen, family room, bathroom or hallway, you can cloak the entire area behind a pretty curtain. Because some types of closet doors can make it difficult to reach items slipped into the side of the space, removing the doors and replacing them with curtains can be a good way to make it easier to reach an ironing board, vacuum cleaner and other items you may have tucked beside your washer and dryer.
If you also have a utility sink, you can dress it up by attaching a curtain to the perimeter of the bowl. For a coordinated look, choose colors that complement one another for the sink and your window. You can match them if you like, but it's certainly not necessary.
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