Good Questions: Nursery Draperies

Good Questions: Nursery Draperies

Jul 20, 2007

AT Reader Jen asks:Any ideas for fun draperies for the babies room? I don't want to spend a fortune and of course I love the draperies at Anthropologie but I am trying to be frugal. The room is going more eclectic than little kiddish. Any advice?

We feel your pain - we are a little in love with Anthropologie's curtains, too. That red damask of theirs (left) is fabulous in person. But the trick is to figure out what you like about their patterns, and then DIY it!

When we had to put curtains up fast (to stage an apartment for sale), we put up curtain rods with crystal ball finials, and then headed for the fabric store. Since we have no idea how to sew, and don't own a sewing machine, we just bought yards of fabric in a pattern we loved, and some handy 'no-sew' tape. Fold an 8 inch pocket at one end of the length of fabric, slide in the no-sew tape, and iron it, for an instant seam. Insert the pocket around the curtain rod, screw on the finial ends, and toss the whole thing up on the curtain brackets, and voila! Instant curtains. This is a Joel Dewberry fabric from Reprodepot (one of our favorite online fabric haunts) - if you like the Anthropologie damasks, he does great ones!

What trips people up when doing DIY curtains is the weights. You need weight at the bottom to keep them from flipping up and looking like a bedsheet draped over a curtain rod. We used these - but you can get them at any fabric or craft store.

Not only were our 'curtains' super cheap, but they got tons of compliments at our open house. And best of all, if we get tired of them, down they come, to be be chopped into pillowslips, tea towels, and possibly some dining room chair slipcovers. Just surfing around a bit we found some great possibilities for our own nursery, which is currently curtainless.

left to right: Mojo Watermelon, Braemore Tree of Life (which reminds of Anthropologie's Botany Curtains), and Hippy Bus. Hippy Bus! Check out the little wandering guitar player!

That is what we did, and for $75 for three windows, we were very pleased with the results and the cost. AT readers, what would you do if you wanted cool nursery curtains and didn't want to pay a fortune for them? We bet you all have some very creative solutions!

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