Our 1935 home has been filled with surprises, both exciting and at times frustrating. One frustration has been landscaping. With such an old home, previous weeds and vegetation were simply planted over rather than uprooting or transplanting. This spring and summer had Ian and I in shock with how many weeds have taken over our front and back yard. It is a never ending project to de-weed and uproot. But, exciting discoveries have also overruled any negatives. One of those is the large amount of attic space we discovered.
One particularly interesting discovery, is how none of our walls are exactly the same height. If you look very closely at the ceiling, you can tell that some walls are slightly longer than others, which makes adding curtains interesting. To truly get the best fitting curtains, we would need to do completely custom measurements. Every door in our house also does not perfectly fit the door frames. It’s going to be interesting as we remodel and try to make things as even as possible. I just try my best not to look very closely at these things, so I do not get annoyed like crazy. I guess my perfectionism floods over into many areas. But, that is also the beauty of an old home! It is these kinds of imperfections that give it character and charm. Sometimes those imperfections can get frustrating, but I still love every aspect of our home and the many possibilities to make it our own.
Our curtains were a pretty bad length for our living room. Thankfully, I was able to hide the bottoms behind chairs, but there was easily 2 or 3 feet of space between the bottom of the curtain and the floor. I also want to hang my curtains higher to just one or two inches below the ceiling. When you hang your curtains closer to the ceiling, it makes the room feel higher, which can give the illusion of the room being bigger. It is pretty awesome how many different ways you can use height to your advantage, especially with interior decorating and home improvement.
You all may feel I cheated a little bit with lengthening our curtains. I had this set from college, and my brother’s fiancé (soon to be wife!!) gave me her curtains she did not need anymore. It just so happened we had the same curtain taste because they were the exact same set of curtains! So, I used my curtains and the curtains she gave me to lengthen one set of curtains. The best part is, no sewing required! But! If you do not have two sets of the same curtains like I did, you could easily add white or cream, or any other color fabric that would go with the curtains you want to lengthen to the bottom. It would actually make a nice contrast as well. I considered adding white fabric along the bottoms, but I ended up wanting to keep the same pattern going. Plus, I knew I was not going to use the second set, except potentially for some Roman Shades (future post!).
So here we are! I will show you step by step, how I lengthened my existing living room curtains.
- Measure the length from where you want your curtains hung to the floor of your room.
- You can choose to have your curtains just touch the floor, be an inch above, or pool at the bottom of the floor. Having your curtains pool on the floor gives your room a formal look. Having your curtains slighting above the floor is more casual.
- I chose to have my curtains just touch the floor because I wanted that floor to ceiling look, but I also do not want the bottoms to be messy with dog hair. Our three dogs shed enough for 10 dogs, so the battle against dog hair is never ending. With our ceilings, this meant I needed to have my curtains at 105” L.
- Once you have decided your total length needed, measure your current curtains for length and width.
- My curtains were 83.5” L, and I did not need to worry about the width because I had the exact same set. If you are using completely new fabric, add an extra inch to the length and width needed, so you can fold the sides and bottom under for a finished look.
- To obtain the 105”, I needed to cut my other curtains at least 21.5”. I decided to cut them at 22.5”, giving myself an extra inch, so I could place one inch of fabric under the bottom of the existing curtain. This would give me plenty of space to attach the new curtain length with Liquid Stitch.
- If you are using new fabric, use an iron or straightening iron to fold your extra inch under the sides and bottom.
- After ironing, use Liquid Stich, and dab it along the inch folded under. Firmly press down along the edges and allow to dry for an hour, until secure.
- Now, take your tape measure and place it along the outside of your new fabric or curtain to add length. Measure out one inch, and place the existing bottom curtain one inch over the new material.
- Take Liquid Stitch once again and dab it along the 1 inch of new fabric being covered. Press the existing curtain end firmly.
- Use binder clips to secure the edges of the existing curtain and new fabric to make sure it holds.
- Allow to dry for a few hours until it is completely secured.
- Use a level, pencil, and drill driver to hang curtain rod at the height you desire.
- Attach newly lengthened curtains to rod, and voila! You are all done!
I cannot even begin to explain how much I love Liquid Stitch. It works wonders, and it worked wonderfully on my lamp shades. I wanted to provide a no sew option because I do not have a sewing machine. You could sew by hand if you wanted to, but I feel that would take a much longer time to complete.
We will probably get a sewing machine soon because Ian wanted to make his own Deadpool costume for Halloween. We have watched that movie about 10 times now. No joke. It is Ian’s absolute favorite movie, and he totally has a man crush on Ryan Reynolds. And, now you all have a glimpse inside our dark sense of humor 😉
I hope my curtains gave you some ideas on how to refresh and update your curtains! The next 4 posts are all about tools! As a first time home owner, I did not realize how many tools we actually needed for our home. I will start out with our top 11 must have general tools every home owner should consider investing in. Then, I will move on to our top landscaping tools, our must have automotive and mechanic tools, and finally our top woodworking tools! We use all of the tools I will list, and having these will help you become the ultimate DIYer and save money completing projects!
Do you struggle with curtains in your home? Do you have to find custom measurements?