Curtains, the finishing touch to a room, can be expensive. But you can knock down the price a few notches and sewing's not even a part of the plan! Simple steps after the jump...
- Find your fabric. Consider sheets and tablecloths. They're a great option because it's fabric that's already hemmed and ready to go. Since we streamlined our bedmaking and no longer use a top sheet, we've always got a few spare on hand. Or, take a trip downtown to the Loft at Michael Levine's. With fabric selling there by the pound, your curtains can come in way under budget. You don't have to sew hems. Use pinking sheers. They'll form a decorative edge to your fabric and keep it from unravelling. You can also use fabric glue to create a hem. Or take your fabric to your local dry cleaner and ask them to run up a hem. They can do it for a nominal price.
- Attach your rings. You can find clip rings everywhere, from Bed Bath and Beyond to Pottery Barn. We like these rings from Amazon. You'll need about 7 for the average window panel. Start by clipping one ring at each top corner. Fold your fabric in half to find the middle and attach one there. Find the midway point between two clips and attach another as needed.
- Thread a rod through your rings and voila. Easy curtains, easy to change, and easy on the wallet.
[Image of Floret Curtain Clip Rings from Country Curtains]