Tyson Properties, Inc.
Easy Window Treatment that Doesn't Break the Bank
Some tenants are fortunate enough to have window treatments in place when they move in. Others are faced with needing a quick way to cover windows or mini blinds that doesn't involve bed sheets and thumbtacks.
This window covering is a fast, fun way to add your own touch to your new home.
- Measure the inside width of the window you wish to cover, which is from inside wall to inside wall or left to right across your window opening.
- Measure the inside height of the window from inside top to inside bottom of the window opening.
- Purchase a spring rod that will fit the width of your window. Spring rods are inexpensive and can be found at a hardware store, local remodeling center, or discount store, such as Target or Walmart. Spring rods hold tight and stay put when you place them inside a window or door frame.
- Choose a fabric to use in the window. Lightweight cottons are easy to work with; polyester fabric and thick woven fabrics are usually too chunky to work for this method. To get a full gathered look, buy the fabric at 2 and a half times the width of the window. For example, a 36 inch width window would need 36 x 2.5 or 90 inches of fabric to gather on the spring rod. The length of the fabric should be about 4 to 6 inches longer than the inside height you measured for the window. For example, for a 48 inch tall window you should purchase fabric at a length of at least 52 inches to have enough for hem and channel.
- Fold over the top of the fabric one and a half inches and stitch across to create an open channel for the spring rod to slip through.
- Fold the up the bottom of the fabric and stitch to create a hem on your new curtain. How wide the hem is depends upon how long the curtain needs to be to fit inside the window well. Hems give weight to the structure of the curtain and help the fabric hang properly once it's put into place.
- Slip the spring rod through the top channel and gather all the fabric onto the rod.
- Insert the curtain into the window well or frame.
This is also an easy way to create separation in openings without doors, such as closets without doors or under counter areas that need covering.
- If you don't sew, you can use sew free fusible tape to create the hem and channel. Follow the instructions on the package for using the tape. You'll probably need to prewash the fabric, iron it to remove any wrinkles, and then fold and iron into place the channel and hem before you heat the tape into place.
- If you're sewing, pressing the channel and hem into place with an iron before you sew them may make it easier to stitch.