Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hanging IKEA Curtains on a Large Rod

Heavy, light-blocking (blackout) curtains are a necessity for my west-facing living room window. For a long time, I had black curtains because color choices were limited. Finally, I found purple blackout curtains at IKEA. :)

As with most things IKEA, the curtains are cleverly designed. They accommodate at least three different methods of hanging: rod pocket, back tabs, and loops for curtain hooks.

Alas, the pocket and tabs were too small for my large-diameter curtain rod. This left me with the loops. I would need curtain hooks to go through the loops, and curtain rings to hang the hooks on. This was not an ideal scenario for two reasons: large curtain rings are surprisingly expensive, and I didn't really want the look of visible rings.

It occurred to me that shower curtain rings would be large enough to fit on my rod... but how would I make them work with the curtain? Then came the "eureka" moment. I realized a particular type of shower curtain ring - thin metal, hinged so that it opens wide - would work perfectly. And they're inexpensive; just a few dollars got me two packages of 12.

Using them was simple. Open a ring and slide it through a loop on the curtain.

Close the ring. Repeat, spacing the rings appropriately.

Slide the rings onto the curtain rod. Done!


10 comments:

  1. Wow, that a really handy tip to know, I would never of thought of that.

    Last time, I went to IKEA they never had purple curtains. I need extremely long curtains because of the height of my room, I will check as I want purple curtains for my bedroom.

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    1. I purchased my curtains a couple years ago. The ones currently shown on the website look like a lighter purple. Most IKEA curtains are about 8 feet long. I had to shorten mine by nearly a foot.

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  2. I love this idea, I use it throughout my house-- in fact over half my curtains are pretty shower curtains with shower rings because a) they're cheaper than normal curtains, so losing them to kitty claws isn't so heartbreaking b) I'm reeeeaally lazy when it comes to curtains in general LOL ... anything to spruce up the windows helps-- the nice decorative rings are a nice touch too!

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    1. There are some very pretty shower curtains available. And grommet curtains are in style now. ;)

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  3. I still don't have curtains on any of our windows! I like being able to see out at night - for not having streetlights, most nights are still fairly bright because of the moon. Some nights too bright! I'd probably have been a lot quicker finding something if we had any close neighbours though. :)

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    1. There's not much reason to have curtains when you live in a spooky forest. :) My neighborhood is a bit too brightly lit at night for my taste. Solar LEDs have become super popular (we certainly have enough sun power here in Colorado!). Solar LED pathway lights, spotlights, string lights... They're everywhere.

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  4. GreAt work! And yay for purple curtains!

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    1. I do love my purple curtains. :D

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