Eight More Living Room Curtains

Remember when we cut four curtain panels that we loved from Ikea (which were sadly discontinued) right down the middle to make eight of them for our living room? Well, here’s that story, but to refresh your memory, here are a few pics:

We loved the added height, texture, and pattern that they brought to the room, but I always wondered if layering some breezy sheers in there someday might make my curtain-loving heart sing. You know, so they’d be fuller and airier and sort of layered and soft looking. So I lived without ’em for a while but kept my eye out for some cheap fabric or sheers that I thought might do the trick. And then one day in Ikea… I pounced. Two already made 98″ curtain panels for $9 was enough of a deal to make me jump, so I grabbed four packs of white breezy curtains with my living room windows (and glass sliders) in mind. I wish I knew the name for you guys but the packaging got tossed before I could take note and I looked online and didn’t see anything that matched what I got (in price and look). I don’t think they’re Vivan panels since we had those in our last house and these are lighter/thinner, and they’re definitely not Lill curtains (those are super sheer and mosquito-net-y). Update: We think they’re called Wilma. Hope it helps!

Anyway, the first thing I did was toss the panels in the wash (to pre-shrink them so that when I hemmed them they wouldn’t later get washed and be too short if there was any shrinkage). Then I grabbed some ring-clips from Target (the same ones I used to hang the original 8 panels)…

When my sherr-ish panels came out of the dryer I cut the tab tops off (since I could just clip them along the top with my ring-clips to hang them). Oh the tab tops might be a clue if you’re looking for which curtains they are (if they have a rod pocket, like the Vivan panels, it’s not them).

Then I hung them all up using the additional ring clips on the same curtain rod with the patterned panels. To make both curtain panels flow into each other I actually overlapped them a smidge with the ring clips.

Basically the two left-most clips on the patterned panel below also have the white sheers clipped behind them. That way there’s no gap between the curtains and they all move as one unit (ex: if I pull the sheer out both curtain panels extend). Not that we move our curtains. Haha. They’re really more for softness and height. Especially in a giant room like this one – adding anything soft and breezy makes it feel less like a gymnasium and more like a real room.

So I got past the tab-cutting/washing/hanging steps and then I stalled. I had been meaning to hem them and share them for a while but other projects and book stuff popped up so I left these guys unhemmed and a few of you even noticed them in posts like this one, to which I replied “ack, still have to finish that project and then I promise I’ll blog all about it!” Haha, which brings us to this post.

Yup, I finally hemmed them all using heavy-duty iron-on hem tape (Heat N Bond from Michael’s) which I did while they were still hanging right on the rod (see more about that method in this post). I just used a scissors to cut off the excess (there was actually about a foot of it on each one) while leaving an extra inch to accommodate the hem (so once it was hemmed up they’d just graze the floor).

Don’t mind the dust bunnies. Let’s zoom out, shall we?

It’s hard to really see the curtains when ya pan way out thanks to all the light coming in, but here ya go. We can’t wait to tackle a big media cabinet build, by the way. Probably after we conquer the kitchen…

Oh and for anyone wondering where the last two curtain panels hang (since it’s easy to see the other 6 in the pics above), we have this slider right off the living room so that’s where those live:

Aw and look at Clara’s little homemade coloring desk. It’s been getting tons of action (she’s either cooking in her kitchen or going nuts with stickers and crayons at her table). Ah to be 20 months old and living it up with tiny furnishings and fake fruit.

But back to the curtains. I really like the breezy layered look and there’s something about a double dose of ring-hooks on each side of those curtain rods that feels kind of posh. At least to a weirdo like me. So that’s my pretty quick (except I took forever to hem them) curtain upgrade. What have you guys been clipping up/sewing/hem-taping these days?


  1. Stephanie says

    Every single time I read your blog and it has to do with curtains, I get so jealous. I have been meaning to get to a fabric store and find something I love, but have been so chicken to do so.

    Any words of wisdom/inspiration?

    • says

      Ooh curtains can change a whole room! I say go for it! Just see what you like and don’t forget stores that sell ready-made curtains too (like Ikea) since they often can break down to $2 a yard! Oh and my other advice is ring clips! Then there’s no need to sew a pocket or tab tops if you DIY them. Good luck!


    • Stephanie says

      Thanks guys! I’m thinking this weekend is the weekend to get on the boat. I also like the idea of clips like you said; I’m not big on sewing.

      Thanks guys!

  2. Larissa says

    Looks great! I was wondering where your decorative vases on your side table and your above hanging mirror are from?

  3. Lesley says

    I’m 99% sure those are the Wilma curtains from Ikea (the white sheer ones). I have them in my master bedroom and they also used to come in a beautiful hot pink (back when I was a much younger bachelorette). They look so great!

  4. says

    I have about 8,000 of those same IKEA sheers that we had all over our house. Then we got real curtains, but I’ve wanted to add sheers to a few rooms. I just don’t want to buy new double curtain rods. Maybe this is the solution for us! Thanks!!!

  5. says

    No way! I just bought 4 of those discontinued IKEA panels for $15 total in the as is section in Houston. LOVE THEM. I also don’t know how I missed your original post because I didn’t recognize them at all (and thought they were new) when I saw them in the bin!

  6. says

    I love it! It looks great filled out but it’s not over the top. I really wish we had an Ikea close by (Nashville), it would make my life easier ;)

  7. says

    Well, I have the long curtains, I have the iron on tape, I have the dust bunnies! And mine have been in that condition for a long time too. I love the idea of adding extra the way you did….I can never find curtains wide enough, so this is a great idea!

  8. says

    I love the added curtains and your creativity for hemming them while on the rod. These definitely kept with the light and airy feel of the room. I keep trying to envision what the entertainment center will look like. I know you probably already have several ideas in mind.

    • says

      We flip flop between something like a large thrift store buffet turned media cabinet to something taller (like with base cabinets and shelves that are built in above them). We’ll have to see where we end up!


  9. says

    The curtains look great! I have actually been trying to convince my husband to get some sheers for our windows (we live in a condo in Chicago so we only have three in our entire place.) But Ryan is more about function than fashion and refuses to get curtains that “don’t actually curtain anything.”

    Oh and I did actually spend lots of my weekend sewing. I noticed one of Ryan’s shirts was missing a button and told him to just give me anything he needed sewed so I could do it all at once. I swear he just handed me every item of clothing in his closet.

    That boy loses buttons like it’s his job apparently.

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